This is our review of the Emirates lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 3.
Head for Points was specially chosen as the first media outlet to review the refurbished Emirates lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 on Saturday *.
* This is a complete lie. We were passing through on holiday 🙂
The last time I reviewed the Emirates Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge, I described it as “looking like a 1980’s Holiday Inn”. Has it improved?
As the lounge is still in the same place, my original criticism – that it is quite a walk from the shopping area and therefore not an easy place to leave and return to – is still valid.
Of course, my original key selling point – that you can board directly from the lounge and onto the top deck of an Emirates A380, with meeting any of those pesky economy passengers – is also still valid.
Everything is still in the same place, except for the model A380 which has moved from Gate 7 into the reception area downstairs!
Here is the new dining area:
The style is more Arabian than before:
The food is unchanged:
and even the circular food holders are unchanged:
Champagne is Veuve:
but more interesting is the wine selection. When did you last see a bottle of white wine which sells at £60 per bottle in the shops freely available in a lounge?
(The app above is called Vivino. It scans the label on a wine bottle and tells you who sells that wine and what it would cost.)
Some key things have not changed:
There is still no dedicated First Class area
There is still no dedicated children or family area
There is still more than enough seating for everyone
The food offering is still substantially bigger and better than any British Airways Galleries Club or Galleries First lounge. You won’t go hungry here. It isn’t run to the same ‘restaurant quality’ level as the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4, but it remains well above average.
In conclusion …. this is very much ‘evolution and not revolution’ – but it was a very necessary ‘evolution’ given the previous condition!
How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (January 2021)
Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Emirates Skywards miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.