Book it Danno! Travelodge, London City Airport
- A Rock, A Hard Place and Tier Points
- To Birmingham Airport, Ryanair FR693 Birmingham to Dublin
- A morning around Dublin
- Dublin Airport, BA4467 Dublin Airport to London City Airport
- Travelodge, London City Airport
- A Morning at London City Airport
- British Airways BA001 London City Airport – Shannon, Shannon to New York-JFK
- Über Takes on Manhattan
- Holiday Inn Express, JFK
- JFK T8, US Airways Flight US510 New York JFK to Phoenix, Arizona
- US Airways Club/Admiral’s Club, US694 Phoenix Sky Harbour to Honolulu
- The Aston Beach Waikiki
- Travel Plus… Doing – Exploring the Diamond Head Trail
- Travel Plus… Doing – Pearl Harbour and The USS Arizona Memorial
- The joy of British Airways Rebooking
- Honolulu Airport, American Airline Lounge, US693 Honolulu International to Phoenix
- US425 Phoenix to New York-JFK, Economy Class
- JFK Omnishambles
- BA002 JFK to London City Airport
- Involuntary Downgrade Chaos
- BA4462 London City Airport to Dublin
- A Five Hour Dublin Layover
- BA0837 Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport in Club Europe
- Homeward bound
- Aftermath: Points and Reflections…
With me out of the hotel, I was lazy, and caught the bus back to London City Airport.
However, I wasn’t going to check in just yet and head to the lounge – instead I needed to head to Canary Wharf to pick up some extra memory cards. So it was a quick ride on the DLR to Canning Town, and the Jubilee Line to the Wharf.
Yes, I could had done an Uber, but I have other fish to fry… and £40 of Tube credit to reclaim that had been sitting in limbo for a while.
A short wait, and I was on the Underground to Canary Wharf.
Once I got to Canary Wharf there were two points of order – one being breakfast (which was catered as a sandwich meal deal by Boots the Chemist) and two was memory cards, which were catered by the small branch of PC World in Canary Wharf.
All that in hand – it was time to head back to London City Airport, by repeating the route in reverse. Total time spend – about an hour which brought me close to 11:30am. The perfect time to check in.
I headed through the main depatures arrival area, and through to check-in. Check in was handled with the minimim of fuss, and soon I had my boarding pass to New York.
With the done, it was up to security to be cleared. When I arrived there… there was no-one there queuing bar the security staff. I was processed through in a quick fashion and was through to the main departures area in under 3 minutes flat.
Try that at a major hub in London… it doesn’t happen.
Once through, it was time to do a few little things… such as get a gift for the people I would be meeting in New York.
London City Airport does one thing really well – and that’s ensure there’s power of all sorts for its passengers (along with very high speed internet).
Connectivity is sponsored, but all main power systems are present – UK, EU, US style plugs and even USB charging. And these sockets are everywhere in the main part of terminal. For the modern passenger who needs to keep devices charged and keep connected – it’s a dream come true (along with 50mb download speed WiFi).
However, my intrests are elsewhere – namely the departure gate. London City Airport itself doesn’t have airline lounges – the idea is you get to the airport late, clear security and get on the plane (with a 20 minute check-in deadline normally acceptable at the airport). The only lounge that does exisit is Gate 24 – which is used exclusively for the London City Airport to New York JFK flights
Once down the gate lounge, my boarding pass was blipped, and I settled down joining my fellow tier point runners who had made it early to the gate.
Meanwhile outside, the plane was waiting for me
Breakfast was being offered to passengers – I skipped it thanks to the Boots breakfast I had.
For me, I took the time to catch up with the world, copy a few things to different devices as I wanted to be prepared for any circumstances at the US border.
With that done, boarding was announced for BA001 to Shannon and onto New York. I took my leave of the lounge and headed out onto the tarmac to the waiting Airbus A318 for the upcoming transatlantic flight…
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