Two for the Price of One: Heathrow Transit and British Airways Galleries North
In this epic…
- Two for the price of one? Or when two become one?
- Off to Manchester Airport on the edge of my seat…
- BA Domestic – BA1387 Manchester Airport to London Heathrow
- Heathrow Transit, American Airlines Flagship Lounge
- American Airlines – AA87 London Heathrow to Chicago, Main Cabin
- Streamlined Immigration?
- The Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Evening adventures with the Sony A5000
- The Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Off to O’Hare, American Airlines Admirals Club
- American Airlines – AA1205 Chicago O’Hare to Boston Logan
- A Boston Omnishambles
- British Airways – BA202 Boston Logan to London Heathrow Terminal 5 in World Traveller Plus
- Transit and changes… from holiday to work, British Airways Galleries North Lounge
- British Airways – BA974 London Heathrow to Hamburg
- IBIS Budget St Pauli, Hamburg
- Trade Show 101 (or… don’t sleep on your glasses).
- Pounding the Halls of AIX – What you might had missed…
- A Walk around the Hamburg Dom
- Rushing back to Hamburg Airport
- British Airways – BA967 Hamburg to London Heathrow
- Homeward bound
- Mixing business with pleasure
Back in London.
As I would be travelling on a new ticket – I needed to exit the secure area and drop some luggage (because let’s face it – there was no way in hell I was going to carry my luggage all the way to Hamburg and back).
But first – I needed to clear immigration and collect luggage first.
Follow the signs!
Heading off the plane, I was in the comfort of Terminal 5B – meaning I would need to take a shuttle train over to T5A.
With the train ride over in a blink of the eye (and my top tip when arriving on the shuttle train – head to the lifts. Don’t bother with the escalators – they’re too slow), I was confronted with the new immigration entry to the UK.
It seems that the UK Border Agency is hell-bent on making people use the eGates, with heavy use of Biometric ePassports.
Which is fine – when your passport wants to work with them. Mine didn’t – so I have to queue up and be manually cleared.
A few questions later, I was admitted into the United Kingdom – and headed down to baggage claim.
Even with the delays, I still managed to beat my luggage to the belt.
The more things change as they say.
Eventually, my baggage was spat out of the belt (nowhere near the front – so much for “priority” luggage, and I cleared customs.
How many times do we have to laugh at these awards?
With that out-of-the-way, my next task was to re-pack my baggage, as I was going to switch from 2 big bags, a backpack and a sidebag to just the backpack and the sidebag.
This meant some careful re-packing so I would take what I need – mainly clothing to look semi-professional in, and enough photography and computer equipment to keep me in kilter for the next four days.
And some snacks too. Because… snacks. Also, to be honest I didn’t know how much time to myself I would have… or if I would be awake enough go shopping.
That done, I dropped my luggage off, with a rate mumbled that turned out be correct – the best part of £62 for 4 days.
Open your wallet and scream..
Split down for two bags, it works out at £7.75 a day to store a bag. But that hurt knowing I would be coming back to an unwelcome bill of £62 (and an extra £15 if I dared to lose the receipt). .
But it’s a choice of an unwelcome bill, or the unwelcome thought of toting luggage around Hamburg. And I had no intention of dragging round items I didn’t need to.
With that, dropped off, I headed upstairs to collect myself and repack a few more things – and upstairs headed through security.
Welcome to Terminal 5!
Thankfully at about 11am in the morning, security wasn’t too busy – and I was through in a few minutes (even if the security teams were aggressively looking out of liquids stowed in bags that needed to be out. I guess the war against liquids is still a thing in the United Kingdom).
That done, it was time to head to my new home at Heathrow Airport – The Galleries North Lounge
British Airways Galleries North
I was blipped in, and spent the next 5 minutes trying to find a spot. The lounge was packed – to say the least. I was looking for a place with a power outlet and a seat.
I found a seat – no power outlet. Guess that’s the first big difference between Galleries First and Galleries Business – a distinct lack of power outlets.
Eventually, I found a spot… and promptly collapsed for a while without wanting to do anything – even getting a drink, or writing.
I guess that long haul flight took a lot out of me.
Good luck playing “hunt the power outlet”
Water and Wine.
Juices and Cold drinks
The desire for nibbles came over me after getting some caffeine in the form of cola down me, I headed for the food station.
I went for the Red Thai Curry. It wasn’t too bad at all, and provided a bit substance as I tried to wake up and shake off the sleep – although that was a heading towards a failing challenge.
I was planning a writing session at Heathrow… however, with me not being awake… heck – I barely managed to use some social media and leave the laptop on my lap.
I was pretty fried.
Thankfully, I wasn’t fried enough to note when my plane was due to be departing… so after gathering my junk together – I headed to the exit.
I did make one massive miscalculation however – my flight would be going from A17 – the other end of the terminal to Galleries North. Ho hum. Time to hike the terminal.
The maelstrom below.
A short hike across T5A, and I was nearing Gate A17. At least today – the plane would be going from normal jet-bridge as opposed to the busing hell of A10.
I will after that hike.
There was a short wait for boarding to commence – but good positioning and timing got me near the front of the boarding queue.
With a beep – I was allowed to head aboard the waiting Airbus A319 to Hamburg.
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