After watching the price of my preferred multi-city flight from Seattle to Dublin and back go up and down on Google Flights, I finally decided to fire up the VISA and book. I made the reservations through American Airlines. British Airways will be operating the flight to London as well as the return to Seattle from London 5 weeks later . Aer Lingus will be operating the one to Dublin. Those as well as my return to Seattle from London are all on the same ticket.
According to the Heathrow info on arrival to LHR and departure to DUB, transfer from my arrival at Terminal 5 and departure from Terminal 2 should take 90 minutes. I made sure to allow 3 hours and 20 minutes between the two flights. I think I've researched how that works pretty well and understand what I'll need to do. If the BA flight is very late, there are many flights from LHR to DUB after the one I'm ticketed for.
As best I can tell, largely from reading Forum discussions on transferring through LHR to flights for other locations, I can check my major bag (actually carry-on size, cost is covered in my reservation) through to DUB. Having always packed light, almost always carried on and rarely checked bags over the past several years, the thought of checking a bag, especially with a plane change is scary to me. However, those who do it have made some good points, and I'll be taking my hiking poles.
So my questions are:
1. Has anyone had issues with this particular transfer, whether the BA flight was on time or not?
2. Has anyone had issues with their luggage arriving in Dublin okay if they have to take a later flight?
3. I'll arrive in Dublin on 21 July, 3 nights before my RS Best of Ireland in 14 days tour starts on 24 July and we will be in Dublin 2 nights. If my bag goes AWOL, will it make to me in what amounts to 4 days?
Thanks for any experiences you've had with this transfer, positive or negative. I want to hear them all.