Book it Danno! JFK Omnishambles
- 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 an on-time arrival into JFK it was time to hike through the terminal, and to the curb, then all the way out, the Air Train to Terminal 7, and re-clear security.
I do wish US airports were a lot more joined up air-side.
None the less, I had to claim my luggage first – which I hoped would come out quickly as I wanted to grab something from the ground dinner service before departure.
With me down at arrivals, it was time to wait for the luggage.
Eventually, someone from baggage handling announced that due to ice, luggage transfers were taking time, with the mumbling of an apology.
I give up with this place.
Eventually, 35 minutes after landing – the luggage belt spat into life, and finally 2 minutes later my little rucksack appeared too.
Well, that was wonderful ground handling there, American Airlines.
With that done and dusted, I raced my way to the AirTrain through a confusing set of hallways – eventually reaching it.
Thankfully, the AirTrain was operating, so it was a case of hopping to the next terminal, and heading out.
A smart walk, and soon I was in Terminal 7 – the home of British Airways at JFK.
I followed the signs around to Club World check in, and got my bag re-checked in, and my boarding passes issued (with the London City to Dublin leg still showing as Economy pass).
I therefore went to ticketing, and explained what happen to the agent, who sympathetically looked at what was going on and tried to fix the ticket.
The agent could see what I booked and the mess it was in. The poor agent worked away trying to get the system to obey. And it took a lot of time. A good 15 minutes until finally, the Club Europe ticket spat out.
With that done and my baggage tag re-registered my new Club Europe, I headed through express security – and being the only person in the queue, I was dealt with quickly. This security lane deposits you outside Gate 1 and The Concorde Room
From Gate 1, it’s a bit of a hike back towards the Lounges – and by the time I had got there, there was a while 10 minutes to boarding.
My timing sucks. No pre-departure meal for me it seemed.
I did have time to pop in the 1st Class Lounge for a few minutes for a glass of bubbles and nibbles.
A quiet First Class Lounge and lots of room
To put it like this, I had time to nibble a sandwich and drink a few drops of champagne when boarding was announced.
Although I do think that BA2/4 passengers would be better off if they’re shuffled off to the Concorde room to be honest – instead of being made to hike across the terminal twice to get fed and watered.
Heading back to the lounge, I spotted a machine that’s a great idea – selling stuff that fits inside security regulations (although putting one in the land side of the terminal could be a really big selling point).
And of course, more advertising for 50 shades of rubbish.
Boarding was well in progress by the time I was heading to the jetway. My boarding class was beeped, as I headed down the jetway for the flight to London City Airport.
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