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Qantas business class to London: fast-track through immigration?

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flying_ian

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Apr 2018

Total posts 3

Hi all,

First time poster, long time reader. I'm booked to travel on QF1 to LHR in late May travelling J - just wondering, as I'll be travelling on a "colonial" Aussie passport, not UK or EU, if QF offer a fast-track queue for the initial arrival through UK immigration? I've read on the LHR website that carriers can offer this service to premium pax at their discretion but there's nothing I can find on the QF website to indicate if this is so. As I'm arriving into LHR about 7am I'm already dreading how long that initial queue may be...

Hoping some of the more experienced travellers on here may know what the status is.

Thanks in advance for any info or advice :)

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 276

Flying J you would get an express path (or whatever it's called) pass during your flight from SIN to LHR, probably at the same time you get the arrivals card you need to fill in. If you haven't got it later in the flight you could politely ask the cabin crew when it will be brought round. There can still be quite a bit of a queue in the express path lane. There are a lot of premium passengers that fly to LHR and WP (OWE) and above passengers get it as well.

MarkJohnSon Banned

MarkJohnSon Banned

Member since 19 Jan 2018

Total posts 41

There is nothing wrong with the Australian passport.

It’s far superior to EU, and for now, UK passports by virtue of the brilliant “passport blue” colour it totes.


mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 276

Also on the way out of LHR if also flying J (or by virtue of WP or above status) there is fast track security. There is information explaining where to go to use these on the web or you can ask at the check-in counter.

crwilkins

Qantas

Member since 02 May 2016

Total posts 26

My experience has been that often the “fast track” is not all that fast at LHR, many times I’ve got through quicker in the normal lines

sid

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Jan 2011

Total posts 113

Don't bother with the express lane at Heathrow, it's a joke and often takes longer than the normal line.

Davedownunder

Member since 19 Aug 2011

Total posts 5

not used this myself but might help if you travel frequently:
www.faster-uk-entry.service.gov.uk/about

not sure I like the idea of paying for the service when its free here in Australia and its saving on people costs

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 348

I agree there is often one person processing fast track and about 10 or more processing the other. While the fast track queue is shorter it moves very slowly indeed while the other longer queue is always moving at a good pace. Allow 30-60mins for this and don’t be fooled that the fast track queue is shorter.

Covvers

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 19 Jan 2018

Total posts 64

There is nothing wrong with the Australian passport.

It’s far superior to EU, and for now, UK passports by virtue of the brilliant “passport blue” colour it totes.



It’s great to hear that the UK will be returning the blue colour following it’s liberation from the EU. Great to see!

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 276

Changing the UK passport colour is nice, but that doesn’t mean the U.K. will give Commonwealth citizens the same preferential treatment they currently give EU citizens. I’d like to see some positive change, but I’m not holding my breath.

flying_ian

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Apr 2018

Total posts 3

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the comments and advice on my question. I guess I'll just make a call on the morning and decide whether to use the fast-track queue or just go through the normal queue. I've certainly done that in the past arriving into SYD from overseas when I travelled far more frequently several years ago.

Thanks again and happy safe travels to all :)


rstephenp

Qantas

Member since 01 Jun 2016

Total posts 7

The early morning flights into LHR are ridiculous. I had to wait for an hour with the useless express pass. After my flight it was clear. You just need to hope your flight lands earlier than the other flights.
Last editedby rstephenp at Apr 03, 2018, 08:01 AM.

blingwad

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Jun 2015

Total posts 71

Flying J you would get an express path (or whatever it's called) pass during your flight from SIN to LHR, probably at the same time you get the arrivals card you need to fill in. If you haven't got it later in the flight you could politely ask the cabin crew when it will be brought round. There can still be quite a bit of a queue in the express path lane. There are a lot of premium passengers that fly to LHR and WP (OWE) and above passengers get it as well.
I was refused flying as WP. Express line was empty and the other took 40mins very frustrating.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 276

Now that you mention it, I think it is just for those flying J or F. Even so the queues can be pretty long.

John Phelan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Oct 2011

Total posts 197

My experience has been that often the “fast track” is not all that fast at LHR, many times I’ve got through quicker in the normal lines

Also my experience. There's sometimes only a couple of gates open for Fast Track, but 20 for the general line.

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