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  1. Gross generalization here. Europe is split into Schengen and non-Schengen countries. In short Schengen is a common travel area that for all intents and purposes is akin to flying domestically in the US. If you are flying to a Schengen country and connecting within the Schengen area you clear immigration at the first stop and customs at the second stop. If you are doing it any other way it depends on the way your tickets were booked/airlines/stopping points. The UK is not a Schengen country and if you are flying US-LHR-CPH then you will only clear security at LHR, with both immigration and customs taking place at CPH.
  2. This is very normal...ticket prices aren't increased per se, just the cheaper tickets sell out only leaving more expensive ones left. Airlines may add some cheaper tickets but you don't know if they will or when they will. Think of buying airline tickets as going to the butcher and wanting to buy beef. You show up first thing in the morning and you'll have everything from ground chuck (your Basic Economy) to Wagyu (your full flexible, unrestricted ticket). You show up later just wanting to buy some beef and the ground chuck is sold out, so if you want beef you're looking at some tenderloin or perhaps filet mignon. The butcher may get some more chuck in to sell but you may be left just having to satisfy your beef requirements with the more expensive option.
  3. I'm not 100% familiar with Delta's EDI operations but a quick scan seems to suggest they only offer 757s to EDI. The 2-2 seating is the B/E Diamond seat that quite a lot of carriers have but is regarded as being very much previous generation standard for international business class seating. AA have the same Diamond seat in Business Class on their premium transcontinental flights (JFK-LAX/SFO), whereas First gets 1-1 reverse herringbone Cirrus seating that carriers such as Cathay Pacific use in longhaul business class. AA are the only US carrier to still offer First Class on longhaul flights, and then it's restricted to their 777-300 aircraft only. As a hard product it is about average, nothing world beating but it's no slouch either. Their business class hard offerings are a lot more competitive though and they have a mix of B/E Super Diamond, the aforementioned Cirrus seats and Zodiac alternate forward and back seating on most of their aircraft. The 767s have staggered 1-2-1 seating. On longhaul flights that AA offer all seats are direct aisle access. On aircraft with the small footwells the key is to pick the bulkhead seats as you get much more room. The small footwells is to do with the way the seats interlock to keep seating density high. In the bulkhead seats you don't have anything to interlock against.
  4. Qatar Airways QSuites. I flew it a couple of months ago with the wife from DOH-ORD and it was excellent. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1422899 ANA have today announced a similar product. https://onemileatatime.com/ana-new-first-business-class/
  5. Sign up for British Airways Executive Club. You can search many partners (which includes CX) on their tool even if you don't have any miles. You'll need a lot of luck finding two J/F seats on CX flights between HKG and JFK. CX often don't open up availability until a few days beforehand.
  6. fbgd

    Duty Free?

    No immigration and customs but you will have to go through security again. Follow the purple signs for Flight Connections
  7. fbgd

    Air Consolidator

    As with "Cruise Air" type products you need to know what you are buying. Consolidators are cheap for a reason...does your ticket allow for endorsements over to other carriers? Reroutings? etc. etc. There's no such thing as a free lunch and consolidators are often discounted because you're hamstrung to ridiculous ticketing rules. Sure, when everything goes fine you probably won't even notice but when things go wrong then you'll realize how you saved a few dollars on your ticket.
  8. My understanding is you cannot clear security within T5B or T5C unless your flight is showing as one of the "Time Critical Flight Connections" on the boards when you are walking towards the transit in T5B or T5C. Although I use T5 a decent amount connections for me are pretty rare so I've not had to use the TCFC capability before.
  9. Err, tons of them will allow this.
  10. There's a job in British politics for you, I think you'd do well.
  11. If the airline aren't selling seats then there aren't seats at any price! Just because you are seeing $400 seats on another day doesn't mean that there will be seats for $400 when the ticketing window opens up. Southwest's unorthodox ticket selling strategy is to obfuscate how their prices compare to the legacy carriers who have been selling tickets for months before WN open things up.
  12. Booking separate tickets means you are on your own if your first leg gets screwed up. Easyjet, Wizz and Norwegian all have non-stop flights from Split to Luton/Gatwick.
  13. Guess it depends how you define offsite and what you're looking for. There are reasonable long stay car parks at IAD that are just a few minutes by shuttle from the terminal. Pretty much all the hotels will have park and fly rates and there's a company I used a few times for IAD parking, One Stop Parking. They have arrangements at hotels to allow you to park without staying. Rates are cheaper but it's not really a secure car park. If there are third party parking options I never really saw them anywhere. I have left my car at IAD dozens of times and used all three options above depending upon the scenario.
  14. If they aren't selling seats yet there are no $400 seats. Eh, why? Airlines charge what people will pay. There's no "making up for business travel" revenue game going on here. What you pay to fly from LA to Florida has no bearing on what you'll pay to fly from LA to Puerto Rico, even if you go through Florida. Why? Because see my first point. Airlines charge what the market demands. LAX-LHR is a very competitive route with at least 6 airlines serving non-stop flights between LA and London. Distance based pricing hasn't existed since the 1970s. Depends on the airline. AA operate some flights on A330s to SJU that have full lieflats. FWIW, there are quite a lot of domestic first class flights with lie flat beds.
  15. STL-FLL gives you quite a few options if you can see you're going to miss your connection. However, the tricky bit is going to be finding 2 FC seats on the day of travel at short notice. As you are probably aware AA start upgrading people 100hrs+ out on domestic flights. I've had misconnections a ton of times on FC fares and have always been able to get on the next flight offering FC, however, flying with the wife I've had success once one on maybe half a dozen occasions in terms of getting two seats with on the day issues. AA are offering FC cabins as small as 8 seats on some of their flights now. I'd probably keep an eye out for schedule changes and then use that to be able to change your flights to whatever works best at no cost. AS Gold is worth nothing, IMO.
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