baldwin471
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Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:34 am

Hi.

I'm off to Austin, Texas for RTX 2013 at the start of July, and i'd like to know everyone's opinions of the best way to get there. Obviously i'd like them as cheap as possible, but i'm willing to spend a little bit more for a more interesting routing/aircraft.

The first thing that spring to mind for me is LH's A380 from FRA-IAH. Maybe a short hop from LCY-FRA on LH's E190, then a Delta A319 from IAH-AUS. That would make 3 new AC types for me, but is obviously more expensive than something like a DL LHR-ATL-AUS.

What do you think?

Feedback appreciated in advance.

Alex.
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:37 am

Hey,

DL does not fly IAH-AUS. Your only option is UA. Take. BA from LHR to DFW and connect to AA.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:06 am

Take whatever carrier you find interesting from LHR to JFK and then take B6 JFK-AUS.

FRA is a bit too far out of the way if you ask me.

I personally just did BA/AA last week DXB-LHR-DFW-AUS and the AA flights to DFW and AUS are nothing to write home about unless you're looking to ride on an MD-80 from DFW-AUS.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:44 am

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 1):
DL does not fly IAH-AUS. Your only option is UA

You're right, got them mixed up  
Quoting brons2 (Reply 2):

I personally just did BA/AA last week DXB-LHR-DFW-AUS and the AA flights to DFW and AUS are nothing to write home about unless you're looking to ride on an MD-80 from DFW-AUS.


I can't bring myself to fly on BA's long-haul product anymore, unless i'm guaranteed the 773 with the new IFE system. Not familiar with AA's Y product. The MD80 could be interesting.

Any experience with DL's 764's long haul?
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:56 am

Quoting brons2 (Reply 2):

Agreed. Personally, I'd take VS and B6, as they codeshare and you get an E190.  
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:27 am

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 4):
Agreed. Personally, I'd take VS and B6, as they codeshare and you get an E190.  

But i have to collect bags and check in again at JFK. Hassle  
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:45 am

I do UA (Formerly CO aircraft) from IAH-LHR often and the 777 hard product is nice, both up front and in the back. BA and UA have four flights a day on the route and it will 5 by the time you fly it. Sadly UA has pulled most mainline off the short AUS flights so you'd most likely get an RJ to connect unless you want to take a bus/shuttle to HOU and pick up WN and really add airports and airlines  

If you are looking to pick up aircraft for the logbook the FRA-IAH flights are nice and the prices normally comparable to LHR but I have no idea on the LCY to FRA option.

UA and AA can route you through ORD also depending on what airports you are looking to "try".

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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:51 am

At your first point of entry, you have to

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 5):
collect bags and check in again at JFK. Hassle

So I don't see how this is a deal breaker just cos it's JFK. You'll have to do exactly the same in ATL or DFW. Only difference is if you're on one airline all the way, the bag will be tagged for the second leg but that hardly makes a difference. Anyway VS will probably do that anyway, if they have a deal with B6.

Also - if BA aren't good enough for you, don't fly DL AA UA or VS cos they aren't better.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:21 am

Quoting brons2 (Reply 2):
Take whatever carrier you find interesting from LHR to JFK

If you are a real aviation geek, choose Kuwait Airways...
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:35 am

I used to fly UA LHR-ORD-AUS but thats a bit boring . Maybe also look at EI LHR-DUB-JFK A320/A330 then connect to B6 as they have an agreement with EI .

Another option would be LHR-FRA LH FRA-JFK SQ then B6 .

You will enjoy AUS its a great city .
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:56 pm

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 5):

I hear ya on the bags, but couldn't you just check in online for the AUS flight the night before? That's what I do for all my flights. Makes it (especially connecting) SOO much easier.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:06 pm

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 3):
I can't bring myself to fly on BA's long-haul product anymore, unless i'm guaranteed the 773 with the new IFE system.

Well if BA isn't good enough then I think you're best option is to stay home. I have always found BA to be better than all the US airlines as well as KLM and AF. I can't comment on LH but choosing them would still involve a sector on a US airline, albeit a short one.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:34 pm

Fly the AA 77W from LHR to DFW. It will be every bit as good as the BA 77W. Then connect to the mad dog down to AUS.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:08 pm

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 12):
Fly the AA 77W from LHR to DFW. It will be every bit as good as the BA 77W. Then connect to the mad dog down to AUS.

Having seen pictures/videos of AA's 772 interior, i think i'd rather swim  

Going to fly US LHR-PHL on the A333, then US PHL-AUS on the E190. Then back US AUS-CLT on the CRJ900 then CLT-LHR A330. Works out the cheapest over all the other carriers, and i get two new NB types. Thanks for your input.
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:19 pm

After riding on BA's 744, I have to agree with your thoughts regaring using BA longhaul. Their 772 was fine but the 744 was like being in a can with a bunch of other sardines. I will avoid their 744 in the future.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:27 pm

Quoting brons2 (Reply 14):
After riding on BA's 744, I have to agree with your thoughts regaring using BA longhaul. Their 772 was fine but the 744 was like being in a can with a bunch of other sardines. I will avoid their 744 in the future.

Interesting. I flew LHR-PHX-LHR on a BA 744 last year and those were my most pleasant transatlantic flights to date.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:55 pm

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 12):

Fly the AA 77W from LHR to DFW. It will be every bit as good as the BA 77W. Then connect to the mad dog down to AUS.

Winner, winner. Fly the Maddog while you can. Plus, it's an easy connection, and a really short flight (35 minutes in the air).

Also, message me when you get to Austin if you want a local to show you around. I enjoy doing that sort of thing!

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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:01 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 16):

Winner, winner. Fly the Maddog while you can. Plus, it's an easy connection, and a really short flight (35 minutes in the air).

Also, message me when you get to Austin if you want a local to show you around. I enjoy doing that sort of thing!

Cheers,
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Do we know for sure that AA will be using the 77W on the LHR-DFW route? If that is set in stone then i would definitely be up for that.

Sorry if i sound like a dopey prat, but what is the Maddog?  

I may well take you up on that my good sir! Thanks very much

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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:18 pm

Hi baldwin471,

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 13):

If you don't think BA is good enough I highly doubt you'll like US very much! I've heard they're getting better though, he you'll have a good flight.

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 17):

MadDog = MD(80).  

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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:55 pm

Yes, the 77W is scheduled on one of the DFW-LHR rotations starting pretty soon. It will be light years ahead of the AA 77E. I'd like to try the AA 77W myself in the near future.

As was stated before, it will be a fantastic aircraft and transferring in DFW is a breeze compared to other ports of entry.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:05 pm

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 19):

Yes, the 77W is scheduled on one of the DFW-LHR rotations starting pretty soon. It will be light years ahead of the AA 77E. I'd like to try the AA 77W myself in the near future.

As was stated before, it will be a fantastic aircraft and transferring in DFW is a breeze compared to other ports of entry.

  

KVS shows AA 50/51 as varying equipment 25 Feb-10 Mar, and then a 77W from 10 Mar-26 Oct.

Timing for AA 51 on 5 Jul is 0930-1335 local.

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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:42 am

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 17):
Do we know for sure that AA will be using the 77W on the LHR-DFW route?

Yepp, I am booked on AA50 (DFW-LHR) in August and the 77W is scheduled on that flight.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:38 am

Quoting B747forever (Reply 21):
Yepp, I am booked on AA50 (DFW-LHR) in August and the 77W is scheduled on that flight.

Awesome. Looks like i'm going AA! Thanks everyone again. On an unrelated note, QR grounded one of their 788's on the LHR-DOH route today, and i'm scheduled to be on that flight next Wednesday. So i'm pretty bummed that there is the possibility of it being cancelled or replaced with a 77W, but wouldn't mind flying their 77L.
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:33 am

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 12):

Fly the AA 77W from LHR to DFW. It will be every bit as good as the BA 77W. Then connect to the mad dog down to AUS.
Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 22):
Awesome. Looks like i'm going AA! Thanks everyone again. On an unrelated note, QR grounded one of their 788's on the LHR-DOH route today, and i'm scheduled to be on that flight next Wednesday. So i'm pretty bummed that there is the possibility of it being cancelled or replaced with a 77W, but wouldn't mind flying their 77L.

Keep in mind that AA's 77W will have 3x4x3 seating in economy, compared with 3x3x3 on BA. That extra seat in each row absolutely makes a difference    . I'd personally avoid the new AA aircraft strictly for that reason.
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:28 pm

Quoting rwsea (Reply 23):
seat in each row absolutely makes a difference    . I'd personally avoid the new AA aircraft strictly for that reason.

I've flown a few times on EY's 77W which is in that config and it felt quite spacious actually. I'm not a big guy and the 77W is mighty wide  
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:41 pm

Awesome.. Let us know how you like the AA 77W once you fly it.. Also, the mad dog down to AUS is a very comfortable bird and although it's not a Heavy, I like riding on them... just avoid the very back due to noise.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:45 pm

All booked. AA51/AA1543/AA1404/AA78. 77W and MD80. Can't wait! Booked Seat 18L on the 77W both ways, which is at the back of the Main cabin Extra, only £50 more so thought it was worth it.
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:09 pm

AA is using 3-4-3 on the 77W? UGH. At the same pitch?
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:45 pm

Quoting brons2 (Reply 27):
AA is using 3-4-3 on the 77W? UGH. At the same pitch?

Yep, 3-4-3 in economy. 3-3-3 in Economy Extra. 31" pitch in Y.
 
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:12 am

We flew from Amsterdam to Houston and rented a car and drove to Austin. We would have rented a car in Austin anyways, so the money save between the four people flying more than paid for the rental for two weeks.
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RE: Best Way To AUS From London

Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:48 am

I have flown LHR-AUS a couple of times. I did AUS-ORD-LHR on American once, and then IAH-LHR on British Airways. In both flights I experienced meals that were not fully thawed. I liked BA's service better overall. I have also spotted Lufthansa's 380 in IAH. So, that might be worth trying for sure. If you want to eliminate the hassle of airline transfers in IAH, you may take the Greyhound or Megabus from Houston to Austin. I do that and find it quite convenient.

For AUS, you will have to fly into a gateway US point like JFK, EWR, ATL, ORD, DFW, or IAH. There are no direct flights from Europe.

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