Please help with thorny baggage problem Heathrow
Posted on Nov 11, 2013 by
My husband and I will be flying United to Heathrow from Denver in late March where we have a 15-hour layover before flying on South Africa Airlines (SAA) to Johannesburg. The United flight is a frequent flyer flight and we purchased the SAA flight at a separate time. We will be staying in Southern Africa for 25 days. Upon our return to London, we will stay in an apartment there for a week and then drive around Southern England for a week.
We want to take a 24" rolling suitcase with our "England clothes," which we will store with the owners of the London apartment. We also want to each take a small non-rolling duffel bag with our "Africa clothes." These duffels must be small enough to fit on the small bush planes in Botswana (12 kg weight limit)but carry appropriate stuff for activities from Cape Town restaurants, golf and photo safaris.
Our plan is to use part of the long layover in London to deliver the suitcase with the "England Clothes" to the apartment in Kensington by taking the Picadilly line from Heathrow Central. Our flight from the US will arrive at Heathrow Terminal 3 and our SAA flight departs from Heathrow Terminal 1. Here are our questions:
With such a long layover, can we and should we try to check our Africa duffels through to Johannesburg?
OR should we leave our Africa duffels in the left baggage offices in Terminal 3 (or Terminal 1) and then carry them on the SAA flight? We want to avoid going through security as much as possible. We will have to pick up the England bag at the baggage carousel (presumably outside security). If we carry on the England bag, I am not sure we can carry on the two Africa duffels because of baggage limitations.
I hope that all you Heathrow experts can help me!