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egph
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British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:56 am

Hey all,

A family friend will be spending two weeks in the Washington Metro Area with her partner who is spending summer over in the US on an internship type thing. Said family friend will be 17 at the time and will be traveling to and from IAD on her own. She has experience of traveling on her own in the past but only on a couple of GLA-LHR (BA), GLA-BFS (EasyJet) several times and traveled to AMS on EasyJet alone too. She is a little more apprehensive about a transat on her own. Her options at the moment are to either route GLA-LHR-IAD and back on BA or to route GLA-MAN-IAD and return IAD-EWR-GLA on UA (GLA-MAN opd by Loganair).

Does anyone who has experience of both or either of these airlines and connecting at these airports want to suggest her best bet? She slightly prefers BA but only because she has previous experience with BA and found them excellent and I have suggested a trip on the A380 is never to be turned down but is United just as good an airline?
 
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:51 pm

I would say the LHR option is more convenient. LHR is a more familiar environment for her and she won't have to deal with immigration/customs during her layover.
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:08 pm

If she transits through LHR with BA then both domestic and TATL flight will be through T5. If she transits through MAN there will be a change of terminal which wont be as convenient. I don't know the situation about transiting at EWR

Also worth remembering for planning purposes that only one of the 2 daily BA flights to IAD is a 380.
 
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:17 pm

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 2):
I don't know the situation about transiting at EWR

You would have to check-in again if you transit at EWR.
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:50 pm

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 3):
You would have to check-in again if you transit at EWR

Nonsense! She would not have to check-in again in Newark, nor would she have to go through security again.

Quoting egph (Thread starter):
Her options at the moment are to either route GLA-LHR-IAD and back on BA or to route GLA-MAN-IAD and return IAD-EWR-GLA on UA

If you decide in UA's favor, I would consider taking Amtrak from D.C. to the Newark airport stop to catch her plane to GLA. I assume she will be staying in the central part of the city? Trekking out to IAD can be a pain.

yeo
 
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:55 pm

Quoting yeogeo (Reply 4):

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 3):
You would have to check-in again if you transit at EWR

Nonsense! She would not have to check-in again in Newark, nor would she have to go through security again.

Actually, she would on the outbound leg (from Europe). She wouldn't necessarily have to check-in again but she'd have to claim her luggage, process them through US Customs, and then drop them off again right outside of the Customs Hall.

She will most DEFINITELY have to clear security again in EWR. No way around that.

[Edited 2016-01-29 13:03:32]
 
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:01 pm

Quoting egph (Thread starter):
A family friend will be spending two weeks in the Washington Metro Area with her partner who is spending summer over in the US on an internship type thing.

Depending on where her partner will be located, if she goes with UA, she can also travel from Newark to Washington-Reagan National (DCA) which is very convenient to the heart of Washington DC.
 
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:31 pm

Hi guys and thanks for your very informative answers and I will pass this on.

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 2):

She has checked and the BA flight she is looking at (the cheapest) is with the whale  


The UA option for those who would need the specifics would be:

GLA-MAN BE6641 06:45 - 08:00
MAN-IAD UA101 10:55 - 14:05

IAD-EWR UA1972 17:15 - 18:45
EWR-GLA UA161 19:45 - 07:03 (+1 day)

She realises the layover at EWR is tight (60 minutes) however all other options either involve an overnight layover or a layover of 8+ hours
 
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RE: British Airways Or United To IAD?

Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:16 pm

Quoting diesel33 (Reply 5):
Actually, she would on the outbound leg (from Europe). She wouldn't necessarily have to check-in again but she'd have to claim her luggage, process them through US Customs, and then drop them off again right outside of the Customs Hall. She will most DEFINITELY have to clear security again in EWR. No way around that.


Wrong again! If you read the OP's post carefully, EGPH does not mention EWR in her GLA-IAD itinerary, only on the return.
Therefore, no checking in, no security.

Quoting egph (Thread starter):
Her options at the moment are to either route GLA-LHR-IAD and back on BA or to route GLA-MAN-IAD and return IAD-EWR-GLA on UA

yeo

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