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The lights of New Jersey after taking off from JFK The lights of New Jersey after taking off from JFK

Tier Point Run to Las Vegas in Feb 2022: Day 3 – New York (JFK) to London (LHR)

By Nige on Sun 20 Feb 2022 at 18:00
Story: Tier Point Run to Las Vegas in Feb 2022
Tags: British Airways | JFK | LHR | London | New York | Trips | USA

I must have just missed an all-terminals Air Train since the next one was 5 mins away.  I wasn’t in a desperate hurry however.  I had 90 mins before my next flight was due to depart and I should have enough time to pop into the CCR.

Since I had all my boarding cards, I assumed I was good to go.  I tried heading through the main security access point, but I was told I had to go around the houses via the BA access point, even though I would end up at the same point!  I walked straight through to Fast Track Security and the Border Control lady made a big fuss about me being TSA Pre-Check – she shouted across the security area and made her colleague aware that I didn’t have to take my shoes off! Security was no bother and I was into the CCR in no time at all.  When I checked in at the CCR, I was flagged as “Not Allowed to Board” because my Netherlands entry details hadn’t been processed correctly by AA.  I was invited to go into the lounge and they would sort it out.  In the end, I was provided a BA version of my boarding cards and advised it had all been sorted for me.  Good of them!

Flight: BA0172 Equip: 777-300
Sched Depart: 20:55 Actual: 20:52
Sched Arrival: 08:45 Actual: 08:07
Takeoff: 21:12 Landing: 07:58

Saw my friendly lounge rep and waved to her, but she seemed in a bit of a frosty mood, so I didn’t really have any sort of meaningful exchange with her, other than in her providing me with a glass of LPGS.

I managed only 20 mins in the CCR, before having to head to Gate 9 to board. Boarding started fairly quickly and I was soon on board into seat 7A.

My BA curry on the way home to Heathrow My BA curry on the way home to Heathrow
My BA curry on the way home to Heathrow

I was offered two glasses of champagne and enjoyed a lovely curry for dinner. Unfortunately on this occasion, I had no time to eat in the CCR.

Got about 3 hours kip.  I was offered a cup of tea before landing. BA inflight service has been pretty good on this flight back home.

The BA sponsored Twickenham stadium in London The BA sponsored Twickenham stadium in London
The BA sponsored Twickenham stadium in London

Passport Control was bedlam – never seen a queue as long as that.  However, it did move fairly quickly.  Automated Passport Kiosk didn’t work again.  Exception queue took about 5 mins.  Overall looked a lot worse than it actually was.

Follow the whole story here: Tier Point Run to Las Vegas in Feb 2022

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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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