Qantas - P1 Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 Apr 2013
Total posts 85
Hi all. I have an idea and I’m not sure if it’s a dumb one. I’m flying with my family to LHR on QF and my wife and I will be in business. The teenagers are in economy. We arrive early morning. Flying business, means that we can use the complimentary chauffeur service to take us to anywhere within a 70 mile radius of Heathrow. We plan to get a hire car to go to Wales for about a week. I was thinking of getting the chauffeur to take us to Swindon, which is within the complimentary radius and pick up the rental car from the Avis agency there. This means I get to relax for 1.5 hours after getting off the flight and miss all the confusion with picking up a rental car at Heathrow. The down-side is that I will return the car to an agency in London and will have to pay a one-way fee. The fee doesn’t’ worry me. Is this a good idea, or am I missing something? Many thanks.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
Member since 07 Feb 2013
Total posts 431
You will have just flown in in business class but you need 1.5 hours to 'relax' after that?
Member since 10 Oct 2013
Total posts 79
i use emirates car service a lot - and have often thought about this scenario - but i always just book car hire at the other end (UK) rather than use the service - but then i fly into BHX normally so no stress re car hire unlike LHR - shame not BA in a way as term 5 is collect on site and much easier to navigate out of to the motorway than other terminals (IMHO)
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 768
Just check that the car they provide will have seats for you all. This can usually be achieved by stating the number of passengers you've got and saying you've got a lot of baggage which will result in a minivan arriving at the airport for your transfer.
Member since 27 Jun 2013
Total posts 8
Member since 28 Feb 2017
Total posts 10
I hate driving after a long haul flight. Have you thought of using the chauffeur to drive you to say reading station and then taking a cheap train from there to Wales. That way you could hire in wales later that day or the next day at your destination and take train back to London later on
Thanks everyone for your helpful comments. DoublePlatinum: I know it is great to be in business- but I'm with Fatherdamo, any long-haul takes it out of you and I'd rather not be navigating around Heathrow. IanParkinson raises an interesting point and I now have the answer to this. I rang QANTAS and they confirmed that you can take a guest - so long as they fit into the car (baggage etc) and you are picked up and dropped off at the same spot. Apparently you can give the chauffeur service a ring 48 hours prior to the service to let them know their will be four passengers. QANTAS use "Carey" services in the UK. Getting the train to Reading is also an idea. Based on the feedback, I think I might get dropped off at Swindon and then drive from there. Thanks.
As a complete aside, I am getting dropped at Swindon on Friday by the chauffeur service after QF9 from MEL tomorrow.
Member since 07 Jan 2011
Total posts 122
Done it before. It's a good idea and saves you from having to navigate the complex roads around Heathrow while recuperating from your flight.
Member since 15 Mar 2016
Total posts 117
I've also done it before and am doing it again this December. - to Swindon also, clearly a popular spot for this. It means you get to avoid driving out of London yourself which is no bad thing.
Thanks again everyone - clearly it wasn't a dumb idea and it seems I wasn't the first person to think of it! This is a great example of the benefit of these forums.
Member since 18 Jul 2017
Total posts 12
Mern2001, when exiting HR, a terrible experience due to the long walk, head directly to the Chaffeur desk in the departure area. It is easily missed when you see numerous chauffeur drivers with their signs with pax names.
Thanks. Good tip
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 210
Yes, the Business pax is entitled to a car - the airline and car company don't care who or what you put in it.
Member since 07 Mar 2017
Total posts 31
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