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Americans stranded in London - tips

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Americans stranded in London - tips

Just home after 4 days trying to get out.

Here's what we learned:

British Airways has priority - get on one of their flights if you can. Long haul flights seem to have priority over short haul.

Take a flight to any US city and work your way home from there. We ended up coming to NYC via Dallas - connected there to LGA. We paid hefty, but there were at least 30-40 empty seats on our plane - we thought this a real shame since we were sure many other cancelled NYC passengers would have opted for this route over not getting home.

Websites were a better source of info than call sites.

If you can't find out info from your airline, check out the Heathrow arrivals/departures section on their site; this seemed pretty reliable: http://www.heathrowairport.com/

If you are serious about getting home before xmas and you are financially able, you may have to buy a new ticket and deal with the refund/credit on the old one later.

If you are lucky enough to get on a flight, get there early. We were lucky to not have to check, but a fellow passenger told us he waited 3 hours for baggage drop. The good news is, once you're air side, the terminals seem very normal - it's the land side that looks like a refugee zone.

Good luck to all over there - I sympathize with all of you from experience!! Remember that the staff are frustrated too - many of the crew flying out in the next few days will not be able to make it home for Christmas.

I hope this post helps some people.

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1. Re: Americans stranded in London - tips

Glad to see you made it home for Christmas, as you say if you have the financial means then there were alternatives to Heathrow/Gatwick which people do not tend to consider!

I don't recall hearing Manchester having many problems during the bad spell and here in Glasgow our airport only closed for around 24 hours on Monday 6th due to a bad local snowstorm, where you could have got to Nth America with daily flights on Continental, USAir, and every other day on Icelandair via Reykjavik. Only this week we had a variety of unusual planes parked up obviously diverted from the London Terminals.

Just a thought for the future, but not everything has to go through the London Terminals and with an average time of 5 hours on the train up and less customs hassle here.

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2. Re: Americans stranded in London - tips

That's it Madscotsman, fly the flag! ;o)

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