The first flight to use it, as it happens, was a British Airways departure.
The good news is that the new British Airways lounge complex is now open. This will be a relief to anyone who has had to put up with the pathetic facilities in Terminal 1.
It looks pretty good as you can see from these promotional pictures.
The Concorde Bar is a separate room for First Class passengers. The general response to the first one, in Singapore, has been muted so it will be interesting to see if this one has changed or is better received.
My only concern is that the lounge does not seem very child friendly, for an outstation which deals with a huge number of holiday makers, but these pictures clearly do not tell the whole story.
I will be there in early April and look forward to reporting back.
(EDIT: Here is a comment from a HFP reader who has visited the Concorde Bar: “Suffice to say it is underwhelming. Food and drink exactly the same as in main lounge and not enough seating for first passengers plus guests/ Concorde Room card holders. Nothing to aspire to.”)
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.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)