USA to J'Burg via London Connection - What's the latest?

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  1. leslie hetrick

    leslie hetrick AH Enthusiast

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    on my second hunting trip to Africa I flew BA, on my next three trips to Africa I didn,t. they suck.
     

  2. PHOENIX PHIL

    PHOENIX PHIL AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

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    Without much question the Delta route out of ATL is the easiest. It's also much of the time quite expensive in comparison to other routes and it requires an overnight in Joburg before making a connecting flight.

    Other airlines get you there earlier in the morning so that making a connecting flight is possible on the same day. And they provide this for less. Personally I prefer to arrive in the morning and do what I can to stay awake as much of that day as possible. I then sleep well that first night and mostly on African time the next day.
     
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  3. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    I think SAA is the only one to transport guns in RSA and Namibia. Anyway so many people find out this stuff the hard way instead of paying $200 to a gun educated travel agent. I can not get over all the gun travel horror stories on here! Hope all is well.
    Philip
     
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  4. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    Not just BA but n most cases it’s better to be on the same airline
     
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  5. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    Ditto Africa sky stayed there for the first time this year.
     

  6. WAB

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    We’ve been there so often the staff all know us. It feels like our home in JoBurg.
     
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  7. neckdeep

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    I flew BA on the first trip, SAA on the second. I felt like the BA trip was an eternity with long layover's, I found the BA agent's to cause us much grief(spent several hours in the basement of JNB with the south African police) and had to pay lots extra for the privilege to carry our firearms. In September 2018 we flew straight through to Tete on SAA from Denver. While BA has nicer equipment, I like the itinerary much better on SAA and will most likely be flying with them to Zim again next July.
     

  8. mdwest

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    it looks like some of the AA-BA problems with transiting firearms through London MAY have been resolved...

    I just spoke with a customer service supervisor that read the current American Airlines policy to me... in a nutshell she advised that the general policy for AA allowing firearms for international travel is that when a firearm is checked onto the aircraft the traveler must provide a copy of the entry permit for the country of destination...

    and.. specific to transiting London Heathrow she advised the policy states "due to local handling procedures at LHR, a service charge of $80 will be collected at check in"..

    planning on doing a little more research.. and would like to get my hands on a copy of the policy as well as a senior manager at American to confirm/deny what I have been told...
     

  9. markm

    markm SILVER SUPPORTER AH Senior Member

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    that is the best way to go.
     
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  10. swoobie

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    This would be good news indeed - any updates?
     

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