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    I am soon going to have to go to Atlanta, at quite short notice (a few days or so). I've not been long distance since a trip to Australia in 2004 and not to the US since 1976 so need a few tips such as :
    Recommended airlines ?
    ISTR people saying premium economy is worth the extra ?
    Do I need a visa (or anything else) ?
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      I am soon going to have to go to Atlanta, at quite short notice (a few days or so). I've not been long distance since a trip to Australia in 2004 and not to the US since 1976 so need a few tips such as :
      Recommended airlines ?
      ISTR people saying premium economy is worth the extra ?
      Do I need a visa (or anything else) ?

      I think only BA and Delta fly direct from London - BA are miles better

      In my opinion premium economy is no better, sometimes you can pay a little extra to get a “preferred” economy seat - this is often worthwhile

      No visa but you need an ESTA which you complete online - make sure your on the official site though as there are several agents who will charge you extra


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      Really depends on your budget and what you can get the seats for - I think PE is good value at (typically) around 1.5x economy (compared with maybe 6-8x economy for Business class)
      Not sure who has the Atlanta routes but BA/AA are adequate, Virgin a bit better, Delta similar to BA and United crap in my experience
      For the US, you need an ESTA if travelling from the UK, has to be obtained before travelling - it's done online here and costs USD14 (valid for 2 years) - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
      (don't use any of the various 'ESTA agency' sites, as you'll pay extra unnecessarily)
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      I think only BA and Delta fly direct from London - BA are miles better

      In my opinion premium economy is no better, sometimes you can pay a little extra to get a “preferred” economy seat - this is often worthwhile

      No visa but you need an ESTA which you complete online - make sure your on the official site though as there are several agents who will charge you extra


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      Just had a quick look - Virgin, KLM, Finnair, Iberia, BA, AA and Aer Lingus (think this stops in Ireland on the way out, probably means you can complete US immigration there as well) all have direct flights from Heathrow.
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      Just had a quick look - Virgin, KLM, Finnair, Iberia, BA, AA and Aer Lingus (think this stops in Ireland on the way out, probably means you can complete US immigration there as well) all have direct flights from Heathrow.
      With those four, surely you'll still be on a BA plane?!?
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      With those four, surely you'll still be on a BA plane?!?
      For me would depend on the deal available in the classes.......I did LH with Iberia recently (in business), that was pretty good to be honest. Never flown Finnair or Aer Lingus so can't comment.
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      For me would depend on the deal available in the classes.......I did LH with Iberia recently (in business), that was pretty good to be honest. Never flown Finnair or Aer Lingus so can't comment.
      Sorry, my point was that aren't the flights codeshares - You might being buying a Finnair/Aer Lingus/Iberia ticket but still on a BA plane?
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      Sorry, my point was that aren't the flights codeshares - You might being buying a Finnair/Aer Lingus/Iberia ticket but still on a BA plane?
      Atlanta is a big Delta hub, so KLM will be on a Delta plane and many Virgin fares will be also, although I think they do fly there themselves.
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      I am soon going to have to go to Atlanta, at quite short notice (a few days or so). I've not been long distance since a trip to Australia in 2004 and not to the US since 1976 so need a few tips such as :
      Recommended airlines ?
      ISTR people saying premium economy is worth the extra ?
      Do I need a visa (or anything else) ?
      If you're working you want to check if you need a visa or permission
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      I will wave at. you tomorrow.

      I fly from Heathrow t3 on BA 747 crate cattle class to Denver...set off at 14:40 right in the middle of the storm and arrive at 17:30 local time.... 9 and a half hours later!

      Snow in Denver seemly and up into the rockies on Sunday. ( a ice hockey game Saturday night) work for a week and back Thursday/Friday morning.


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