This is the sixth in the series of reviews of my trip to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The following links will become clickable after each review becomes available:
- London Heathrow T5 Business Parking
- British Airways Premium Economy – London Heathrow to Las Vegas
- New York, New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
- Universal Studios Hollywood, VIP Experience
- Alcatraz Tour, San Francisco
- House of Nanking Chinese Restaurant, San Francisco
- British Airways Lounge San Francisco Airport
- British Airways Club World – San Francisco to London
- London Heathrow Airside Transfer T5 to T3
We had a Hertz rental Corvette and the sat nav (pretty old and a bit useless most of the time) had the rental return address pre-programmed. That was handy as the return was off-airport. We were then bussed to LAX.
There was no queue at check-in and we had bags to check. BA (One World) Silver meant that there were no bag charges and we also had fast track added to the boarding passes.
Security was pretty fast (so much better than London Heathrow) and that was just a few days after someone had shot a TSA member at LAX.
The AA lounge was quite crowded. I always find it strange how US airline domestic lounges restrict alcoholic drinks and have a bartender rather than just help yourself. It’s annoying to have to wait in line to order a drink and be expected to tip. The wi-fi was pretty good.
Boarding was on time and painless. We had a window and aisle with a table in the middle seat and so economy felt a lot like business.
The flight was short – the best part was free wi-fi! This was the first time I’d used wi-fi on a flight and it was pretty cool being able to catch with emails and send WhatsApp messages.
A few weeks later, my BA account showed 10 Tier Points, 500 Avios plus 500 bonus Silver card Avios.
Our bags were pretty quick to arrive and we made our way to the BART transport system.
At $8.25 per ticket, the BART is the quickest and least expensive way to get to the center of San Francisco. Powell is the nearest station to Union Square. Journey was comfortable and took just over 30 minutes.