This is my review of the Cathay Pacific lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
It was my second visit there this year and I am impressed by it. I still haven’t been in the American Airlines lounge next door for comparison.
There is no longer a BA branded lounge but that is no great loss given what Cathay offers. According to Flyertalk:
“BA have a relatively new branded check-in area located at Door 9 at basement level, in the connector building between T2A and T2C. There is a small seating area reserved for premium passengers, which has no privacy whatsoever and features some rather sorry looking faux-leather seats. The sentiment is good, but the execution is poor.”
I have never seen this area since I was connecting through CDG on my two visits recently but it doesn’t seem that I missed much.
British Airways flights operate out of Terminal 2A in Paris. There is a lounge ‘complex’ above the departure gates which houses Emirates, Etihad, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
Your first impression is not hugely impressive. It is a big space, square, and with seating laid out in fairly regimented rows. It has a very serious feel to it with none of the creativity that went into the BA Galleries lounges at Heathrow for example. See:
When you start to look more closely, you realise that this is actually a decent place to hang out. There is a good selection of reading material. The photo below is only about a quarter of the newspaper and magazine selection:
There is a good business centre:
And, most importantly, there is a very impressive selection of food. I was there about 4pm and the hot food menu was offering:
- Sweet and sour chicken with pineapple
- Cod Bordelaise
- Pork with bamboo shoots and black mushrooms
- Provencal vegetable tian
- Roasted potatoes
- Thai rice
There is also a noodle chef who can knock up something for you on request plus, of course, a variety of cold dishes.
I took a mix and match plate (see below).
They also have Piper-Heidsieck champagne openly available.
The lounge was not particularly busy either last week or on my earlier visit. The daily Cathay Pacific flight leaves at 1pm so it is relatively quiet after that. It makes taking a British Airways plane rather than Eurostar a little more appealing.
Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here. You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here.
You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here. The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much. Additional visits are charged at £20 per person. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. No annual fee in Year 1. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course). The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
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