Transit in NY Domestic to International

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mikeh

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I'm travelling back to Sydney from Orlando on QF codeshare (AA metal) to JFK and then on QF12 to Sydney, all in J.  

Can I check my bags right through to Sydney from Orlando?  
What are the lounges like in Orlando and JFK?  
Do I need to go through security in LAX again? 
Is there time for a quick refresh in the lounge at LAX (transit appears to be 1h30)?

Sorry for so many quesitons!  Appreciate any advice!

mbe1510

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Member since 07 Aug 2014

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Hi Mikeh,
If it is all on the ticket, your bags will be checked through to Sydney from Orlando. In JFK you will use the British Airways lounge as its in the BA operated terminal at JFK. You won't need to go through security in LAX, it'll be like any other connecting flight in the USA, you'll funnel out from QF12 into the boarding gate. With 90 minutes you'll have plenty of time for a sneaky trip to the lounge to have a quick shower. Enjoy the flight. Really love QF12 from JFK to LAX. Great way to get from New York to LA

kimshep

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Member since 11 Oct 2014

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MCO (Orlando)

- AA flights depart from gates 30-59. I do not recall seeing an AA (Admirals Club) lounge at Orlando - and on checking AAdvantage pages on their website, could not find any reference to one in the directory.

- as noted, if your travel is all on one ticket, luggage can be tagged from MCO-SYD. If you have separate tickets, this will depend on the knowledge / co-operation of the check-in agent (many of the ex-US Air staff are often not familiar with the process). They would need to 'join' two (AA Sabre & QF Amadeus) PNR's or records. If you strike a problem, ask for the check-in staff to phone support who are able to walk them through it. If refused, ask for a Supervisor. From regular personal experience, since the AA/US merger in smaller US locations. However, I need to also point out that some 6 weeks ago, some OW carriers (incl QF) sought to introduce a 'not pax friendly' policy of denying thru-check for separate tickets. A bit of smiling and mention of inconvenience may sweet-talk around this though. Best to remain polite but firm.

JFK (New York)

You will need to change terminals in JFK, so will exit the arrival AA terminal buidling and head to the BA terminal 7, where you will pass through security. Best idea is to catch the free (within JFK) 'Airtrain' between terminals. Whilst travelling in J, your lounge access will depend on your status (not stated). Your base access will be with the BA Galleries Lounge at least - nice, but nothing 'special'. It does have showers etc but is a QF 'associate' lounge.

LAX (Los Angeles)

If staying within the Tom Bradley confines, you won't need to clear security if simply traversing between gate-lounge-gate. Shower facilities might be at 'peak' demand period, since QF has multiple flights within a short window. However, if you are a smoker and exit the terminal for a quick smoke outside the terminal, you WILL need to re-clear security, which at that time of the evening can be arduous. Doable, but arduous.

Last editedby kimshep at Oct 18, 2016, 04:05 PM.

mikeh

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Member since 19 Mar 2015

Total posts 11

Thanks for the advice - much appreciated!


It's all booked on 1 ticket so baggage should therefore not be a problem.

I'm QF Plat so will enjoy the First lounge in TBIT then!

kimshep

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Thanks for the additional info, mikeh. Given your QF Platinum / OW Emerald status, you should be also be able to access the British Airways First Lounge at JFK.

Himeno

Member since 12 Dec 2012

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I don't think there is currently a oneworld lounge at MCO that you'd be able to access for an AA domestic flight.
You'll arrive at T8 at JFK. QF uses T7. There is no airside transfer at JFK and will need to use the AirTrain. AirTrain is free within the airport (but a $5 charge to connect to the NY subway or LIRR). The AirTrain is between the parking lot and the terminal. Follow signs to baggage collection, then signs to airtrain.

Hopefully when you are there, the terminal only trains are in service. These trains go backwards around the terminals (8-7-5-4-2-1). If not, you'll need to get a train to the hotel shuttle/rental car collection station, then change trains and loop around the terminals the long way (1-2-4-5-7). Go through TSA at T7, then to the BA F lounge.

QF>QF connections at LAX are fully within TBIT. Arriving on QF12, into the airside like any other domestic flight, then up to the lounge. The QF F lounge is right next to the TBIT end of the airside connection building to T4.

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