Back in August I wrote about ‘The Concorde Bar’. This is the new British Airways First Class lounge concept which is being rolled out across the network.
It isn’t actually a First Class lounge. It is a separate room with ticketed First Class passengers only – you cannot enter with a British Airways Gold card.
The first one has just opened in Singapore. The second is due to open in Dubai very shortly and it is rumoured that there will be one in Gatwick South next year when British Airways switches terminals, replacing a dedicated First Class lounge.
My original article did not have any photographs of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in it, only the main lounge. A HfP reader has now sent me a couple along with this not-very-complimentary review:
“I was travelling through Singapore a couple of weeks ago and remembered your article on their new Concorde Bar.
My wife and I were travelling First to return to London and the check-in staff had not even introduced us to the Concorde Bar. When I asked if there were a First Class lounge, they simply said there was no distinction and I could sit anywhere.
I happened to find the Concorde Bar just after the check-in desk. It was an open door and anyone could just wander in. The room is mediocre with no windows. The foods were not impressive and most the warm foods were too dry, having left in there for too long.
There was champagne but no Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle [as served in London].
The staff, uniformed and non-uniformed, walked through The Concorde Bar to go to their back room! Once in a while, a uniformed staff would walk around, checked on the counters before walking away. I had to signal one of them to clear my table otherwise they would not have done so. I am not impressed.”
Annoyingly, due to construction delays, it looks as if I will miss out on the new Dubai ‘Concorde Bar’ when I fly though there in BA First in a couple of weeks. With my usual excellent timing, it seems I will also miss – by a matter of days – the opening of the new Emirates lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 as well.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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 10,500 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.