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Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

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Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

Flying LHR to MIA next May then onto Cancun with only 2 hour transit time. Just about to pay to reserve our Club seats...but because of such a tight transit time just wondered if seated upstairs are you the last to get off the plane? Also is it true that CW travellers in transit are escorted to a different emigration desk. Thanks

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1. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

Since on mid-J planes the cabins are arranged (from the front) First, WT+, Club World (main deck), WT, the UD pax in J usually disembark with WT+ and other Club World pax. Quick disembarkation is meant to be a perk of flying in J and as such the pax on the upper deck will not be the last to leave the plane unless they choose to let others go ahead of them.

I don't know about Fast Track transit / border control at MIA, will let those more familiar with the airport answer that question.

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2. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

I would book the upper deck just because of the experience. On our last upper deck flight we were first off but don't know if this is the norm.

We will probably be doing the same journey as you in July as BA have moved the direct Cancun flight from a Saturday to a Sunday and we need to fly the Saturday.

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3. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

Thanks everyone for your replies. BA moved our flight too but had already booked accommodation in Cancun. So travelling out from LHR and returning to Gatwick where I had already booked carparking in short term carpark and it couldn't be changed.

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4. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

64A is my favourite seat anyway, but as a bonus, it's next to the stairs, so you'll be one of the first off the upper deck... but even then you'll be saving minutes at best.

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5. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

UD for sure. You will still be one of the first pax to disembark.

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6. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

Londonsunseeker - I've got accomodation booked too. Was too good a price to turn down. Virgin flights not really an option unless I can't get any availability for Avios.

Hope you get organised ok.

Edited: 10 October 2012, 08:44
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7. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

And be prepared to RUN -when you reach Miami -its vast- lines at immigration can be very long -I have waited 4 hours before now

You will also have to pick up any checked luggage-

I hope this is all on one booking in case of delays

I have travelled in CW and F from the UK to Miami with BA -no fast-track at Miami immigration - a dreadful airport -good luck

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8. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

I second the above advice to RUN to immigration - we were in F last April to MIA and when we landed we sprinted to the immigration lines - and after maybe 4-5 minutes we looked behind us and the queues were horrendous - so as long as you get a move on AND fill in the customs form etc you should be through OK.

Don't know if there is a transit system or not, but remember that MIA is one of the busiest, most disorganised airports in the world so always err on the side of creating/allowing as much time as possible.

Edited: 10 October 2012, 08:51
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9. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

Can't comment on MIA but would definately recommend CW on the upper deck

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10. Re: Upper or lower deck - British Airways Boeing 747-400

Definitely upper deck - they do hold the other passengers back until you're down the stairs so be ready to go as soon as you land. And you do have to pick your bags up as advised earlier - even if they're tagged through.