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Discussion in 'General Discussions - USA & Canada' started by EagerForInfo, Jan 23, 2024.

  1. EagerForInfo

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    Help. I booked tickets for my elderly parents to India from USA . While booking I didn’t notice that there is a 15 hour transit in London Which is overnight . How do I ensure my parents get the rest they need. I have arranged a travel companion but she too is a young girl new to the US and traveling to India for the first time.

    Can I book a hotel near the airport ? Will get be any hotels inside the airport ? If they go out of the airport for the hotel do they need a transit visa. How about phones ?? Which phone should I get them so I can call them whether they are in London , India or the us.

    Also how about money ? Which credit card should I get them ??

    I booked the tickets as they seemed like the best price available and there are no more tickets.

    Please pour in your suggestions to make the trip as comfortable as possible for my elderly parents.
     
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  2. Viswamitra

    Viswamitra Finest Post Winner

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    15 hours is too long a period to be waiting in the airport unless they have access to Lounge where they can relax, eat something, and freshen themselves easily. I would recommend you getting a lounge access, if possible. Otherwise, a hotel inside the airport would be the next best option. If they are US citizens, there is no need for a visa, if they have to stay in a hotel outside the airport. If they have Indian passport, definitely, they need to have a visa. Then, they need to figure out transporting themselves to the hotel and back to the airport. If the travel is not in the near future, you can get a new credit card and give it to them with a specific low limit say $1,000. Even if they lose the credit card, you are not exposed to a big liability, unless you have fraud protection in your credit card. As there are two airports, make sure you check the airport they arrive and leave are one and the same. Some of the flights make take off or land from Gatewic while others may depart or land from Heathrow.
     
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    Instead of visa / credit card. Can't you call the airline and check options. may be they might have another route for some extra charges. anyway now you are introducing extra costs.

    i do not know, this is just wild guess. can you check if the airport itself has a overnight lounge.
     
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    Are your parents US citizens?
     
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    Viswamitra Finest Post Winner

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    I think the cleanest option appears to be getting them access to the lounges in Heathrow airport if they are in Healthrow for 15 hours. Every terminal has a lounge and the cost of becoming a member is 55 pounds and visit fee is 24 pounds. It gives them access to be seated comfortably with free meals and access to clean toilets. They will also notify them when the plane is about to depart so that they can go to the gate on a timely basis.
     
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