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Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:59 am

On Mar 31 I will be flying MCO-JNB I will fly back on Apr 12 I must stop-over in London so my choices are BA or VS. I will be flying Premium Economy. So my Question to you is...
BA MCO-LGW 772 LHR-JNB 744 or
Also with your answer tell me what to expect please.
Layover & Price is no object.
One more thing what is good transportation in London...?

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Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:01 am

I would do the VS option as their Premium Economy product, particularly on the A346, is superior to BAs. In addition, on your MCO-LGW sector you have a good chance of getting the on the Upper Deck - albeit with the older Premium product on the VS Gatwick based aircraft.

If you want to avoid London altogether Id get the train from Gatick to Reading and then get a coach to LHR from Reading.
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Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:20 pm

I agree the VS far superior in Premium Economy. My advice to people is always that if they are in Economy go with BA, in Premium or Business then go with VS.

You have a long layover so whilst the Reading advice is good for avoiding London altogether, it will be easy for you to spend a few hours exploring. Get the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station which is quick, frequent and easy. Take a look around - you are in easy distance of things like parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace - then get a cab or tube to Paddington to get the Heathrow Express. Also really quick. Obviously if you have a lot of luggage this could be a problem!
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Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:57 am

Definitely go into London but avoid the Gatwick + Heathrow expresses they are overpriced and you have plenty of time. Buy a 1 day travelcard at Gatwick (approx £15) for use on "Southern" you can use the slightly slower (around 5 mins) regular trains to Victoria and then use the London Underground (Piccadilly line) to get to LHR for no extra. Any other Buses/Underground you catch in central london will also be included. The Gatwick/Heathrow express method works but the underground is more arguably simpler from Victoria than Heathrow express. There is a left luggage company at Victoria and its 1 simple connection by Underground to LHR, when you come to pick it up later.

Another choice is get on the frequent coaches from LGW to LHR (50 mins, £19.50) check your bags in and then just travel into London from there.
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Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:00 am

Quoting Jetterrosie (Reply 2):
My advice to people is always that if they are in Economy go with BA, in Premium or Business then go with VS.

I would say it's the other way around. Maybe in premium economy VS have the edge but in business and first it's BAs' ball park. (I know...VS don't have a first class)

If I were you I'd go BA to check out terminal 5. T3 is the pits and always crowded.

World Traveller Plus (BA) is fine and who knows, the JNB flights are always busy, you might get bumped up to Club World.

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Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:41 pm

I can't say a word on VS vs BA, but do NOT take the tube to LHR. Of course it is cheaper and YES, Heathrow express is overpriced. But if you travel with a lot of luggage the 30mins trip to LHR on the picadilly will be hell. It will be cramped with tourists and their luggage, bad air and uncompfortable. If money is no problem (which you said), I would strongly recommend the Heathrow Express for you. Plus it will give you some extra time to spend in London  Smile
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Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:09 pm

Quoting A3xx900 (Reply 5):
But if you travel with a lot of luggage the 30mins trip to LHR on the picadilly will be hell.

Those slow disgusting trains cant make it in 30 minutes...... Take the Heathrow Express, or a slightly cheaper option, Heathrow Connect.

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