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Skip the Heathrow nightmare? Only if you're rich

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  1. ChrisFlyer

    ChrisFlyer Established Member

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    Skip the Heathrow nightmare? Only if you're rich

    Seems interesting, though I wonder how this will differ from the current general fast track lines at LHR - whether this will just be an additional fast track queue (with perhaps the introduction of fast track queues at other UK airports that may not have them already), or whether this will be a VIP-only escorted entry?
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    In late December last year, I used the fast track line at LHR T3 arrivals (express pass from QF), and we were through in about 25 minutes, while the main queue apparently had delays of about 2 hours. If this creates an additional (and faster) 'fast track' service, then I wonder if QF will reserve the higher cards for only F pax and CLs, or if this would extend to WP1s (or even WPs as well), with J pax still receiving the current 'fast track' invitations. Also interesting the comment made in the article about those "valuable to the British economy" - I'm curious as to how the border staff would be able to identify such individuals who are arriving under the VWP (ie. those that aren't entering under the "high value" visas (UK Border Agency | High-value migrants), or if it is restricted to those visa types only... only time will tell!
     
  2. dajop

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    Wow thats a big saving. I went through early August in T3 from SQ and it took about 10 mins in fast track, and the person I pegged in the main queue was about 5 people away from the counter. Replicated experience I'd had from same flight priort October (these were 3pm arrivals)
     


  3. ermen

    ermen Established Member

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    Qn is why are the lines normally so slow? Lack of officers or antiquated systems? Not sure why the UK lines are so long when the Schengen country ones are normally a breeze?
     
  4. GPH

    GPH Established Member

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    I suppose one could always travel in via some other point from LHR


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  5. haydensydney

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    Centurion has a fast track + meet and greet service if you book travel through them. We used them when flying into LHR last year and it was worth its weight in gold.
     


  6. SteveJohnson

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    Yeah, I don't understand this, they already have a 'Fast Track' card just like Sydney Airport's 'Express Path' card only it seems a lot faster, but maybe that's because the crowds at Heathrow are always bigger and the lines always much longer! Anyway doesn't every airline already offer these Fast Track cards to their premium passengers?
     
  7. samiam

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    Here's a slightly different take on the story from a UK perspective:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205348/Rich-travellers-given-priority-treatment-airport-immigration-queues.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    The locals are a bit incensed over the above (ie. it applies to foreigners and not to Brits), based upon talk show feedback.

    Went through LHR 5 days ago - they do have automated systems for EU Passport holders. Took me 2 minutes to get through the Border (non EU had a queue of about 100) using passport and facial scanning.

    No customs officers in sight in the 'nothing to declare' lane- sort of eerie.

    Bags came out within 5 minutes so, all-in-all, took me about 20 minutes from disembarking to be good to go...

    ... Pity the driver was running 30 mins late :)
     
  8. clifford

    clifford Established Member

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    Fly through LGW (Emirates has good flights there). If you have an EU passport you will get through Immigration checks in about 1 minute or less.

    Even LHR is pretty good for EU passport holders. Who cares about the rest?
     
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