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.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a 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.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.