British Airways opened its refurbished airport lounge in Singapore recently. As well as giving it a makeover with the ‘Galleries’ concept, the space was increased by over 40%. This was driven by the introduction of daily A380 services to Singapore from December.
What is most noticeable about the lounge, however, is that it contains the first ‘Concorde Bar’. This is a new concept which BA intends to roll out – the next one is due to open in Dubai. As the name suggests, this is really just a separate room with additional seating and a dedicated attendant to fetch drinks – it will not offer separate dining.
‘The Concorde Bar’ will ONLY be available to ticketed First Class passengers. It will NOT be accessible by British Airways Gold card holders.
To quote from the BA press release:
“The Concorde Bar Singapore is the first Concorde Bar to open anywhere in the world. An exclusive haven for First customers and their eligible guests only, the design is strikingly different in style from the main Galleries lounge with black timber, Nero marble and champagne metal finishes.
The Concorde Bar offers a variety of seating options including communal bar seating, more private sofa corners and dining booths. Customers can enjoy digital panoramic views of the Singapore skyline which will enable them to connect to the time of day outside when travelling through time zones.”
As far as passengers in Singapore – and soon Dubai – are concerned, this is an improvement on the old situation where there was no private space for First Class passengers.
As the previous lounges were ‘one class’, Gold card holders are not losing out from this development. Very few British Airways outstations have dedicated First Class lounge facilities.
What will be interesting is whether “The Concorde Bar” appears in Gatwick South next year. Next November, all of the BA services at Gatwick are moving from the North Terminal to the South Terminal. This should be good news in terms of investment in new facilities. However, it is still unclear whether a separate ‘Galleries First’ lounge will be built for Gold card holders.
It is possible that a “Concorde Bar” will be built instead, exclusively for ticketed First Class passengers out of Gatwick. This would leave British Airways Gold card holders without their own lounge and would represent another small downgrade in benefits.
(NB. All of the photographs in this article are of the main lounge and NOT of “The Concorde Bar”)
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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