Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 06 Oct 2014
Total posts 19
Hi All, I am booking an award flight from London to Dubaiand need to connect through Amsterdam due to availability so will go BA from Heathrow to Amsterdam and Emirates to Dubai
May question is how long will i need to connect through Amsterdam as i am assuming i will need to land, go through customs, get my bag and then re check in fro Emirates flight? Or is there a quicker way of doing this ?
Any suggestions appreciated
Member since 11 Mar 2012
Total posts 115
Is this on a single ticket? If so, then there's no need to worry about it at all, you check through your baggage in London to Dubai and simply go through transit security in AMS. You may need to visit the transfer desk to get your EK boarding pass. Whatever connection comes through the booking process will be valid (think it's 50 minutes MCT).
If it's a separate ticket, then you will need to clear EU immigration, collect baggage then recheck in with EK. For this allow 3 hours because if you miss the cut off for EK check in (T-60 minutes) your redemption will be forfeited.
it is on a single itinerary but a BA ticket number then an EK so i am thinking i will need to take my bags out and re check...
This is a bit weird. If it's a redemption through QF it should be issued on QF stock (081) under the same itinerary. The ticket will have 2 ticket numbers. In this case you SHOULD be able to check through from London.
Member since 10 May 2011
Total posts 249
I would think BA can interline your bags and simply walk through to your gate. As far as I know the LHR flight does not require you to go through transit passport control (as the UK is not part of the "Schengen" countries you effectively did your passport control in LHR). Securtity is done at the gates at Schiphol. Standard transfer time is 50mins. If you do have to go out and collect bags due to the fact that BA cannot interline your bags, you really don't need more than 45 mins to go through passport control and grab your bags. Simply go up one floor and check in for your DXB flight. In essence you will need around 1hr45mins (2hrs to play safe). Passport control is very fast in Ams, esp when coming off a LHR flight. As I am a Dutch citizen I know the airport pretty well.
BA is pretty strict on the interline of baggage through wtih non-OW or partner carriers for separate itineraries. I have forgotten about gate security -instead of transit security at AMS, so your comment is spot on. Haven't been through there for a couple of years :)
thanks so much for all the comments - very helpful indeed
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