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Pushing back at Heathrow T5 on my way to Amsterdam AMS Pushing back at Heathrow T5 on my way to Amsterdam AMS

Tier Point Run to San Francisco in Jan 2022: Day 5 – London LHR to Amsterdam AMS

By Nige on Tue 25 Jan 2022 at 12:11
Story: Tier Point Run to San Francisco in Jan 2022
Tags: AMS | British Airways | LHR | London | Netherlands | Trips

There was no queue for security when I got there.  When I approached Millionaire’s Door, the BA staff member checking boarding cards didn’t have a clue about how to check access.  She initially indicated I could use the First Lounge.  When I explained I had access to the CCR, she asked whether I had a CCR card.  I had to explain that BA didn’t issue CCR cards any more and that it was based on status.  I was GGL and she could look it up on the system.  I think she gave in in the end, acknowledging that I knew more about it than she did!

Agh - Starbucks! Agh - Starbucks!
Agh - Starbucks!

Into the lounge and first opportunity to brush my teeth for a good few hours, before heading down to Starbucks.  I noted that Starbucks didn’t take off the cost of the extra shot, which should have been free on the basis that I am a Gold member.  When I picked up my last one on Sat morning, the lady asked me whether I was Gold and (I assume) didn’t charge me for the extra shot.  Cheeky buggers.

Flight: BA0434 Equip: A319
Sched Depart: 10:55 Actual: 10:54
Sched Arrival: 13:20 Actual: 13:09
Takeoff: 11:11 Landing: 12:56

I headed down to Gate A22 where there was no queue to talk of.  There were a few passengers sat in seats, waiting quietly.  Boarding was called and I got a beep when I approached the gate.  They can’t be upgrading me – I’m in business class already!  There was an issue with (what I can only assume related to) covid requirements.  It took two agents 5 mins before they could clear the issue.

Automated pushback tractors are all the rage right now at Heathrow! Automated pushback tractors are all the rage right now at Heathrow!
Automated pushback tractors are all the rage right now at Heathrow!

On board into seat 01A, at which point I really felt like I was starting to flag a little. Cue a short snooze until we were up in the air and there was the opportunity of some grub.

I was tempted into the chicken & coleslaw salad which was nice and tasty, but I saved myself for afternoon tea on the return flight.  I dozed most of the way to Amsterdam.

Another BA salad on my way to Amsterdam Another BA salad on my way to Amsterdam
Another BA salad on my way to Amsterdam

The flight arrived into Gate D18 and I went for a wander to waste the hour or so that I had before my flight back to Heathrow.

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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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