The American Airlines arrivals lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 has reopened after a five month refurbishment. Whilst AA branded, this is also the arrivals lounge used by British Airways long haul flights into Terminal 3 as well as all Qantas and Cathay Pacific flights.
The lounge features an impressive 29 shower suites, stocked with C.O. Bigelow toiletries. A valet service is also available to help with clothes pressing.
It is, interestingly, the only American Airlines arrivals lounge anywhere in the world.
The catering has been outsourced to Rhubarb, best know for event catering at outlets such as the Royal Albert Hall. According to the AA publicity:
Now offering champagne and Bucks Fizz
Upgrading the breakfast buffet to include made to order smoothies and omelets, pastries, pancakes and porridge
Features a new a la carte menu option
Introducing a lunch service including a buffet, artisan breads, a British cheese board and seasonal dishes
New buffet options will be offered every four weeks, and the a la carte menu will change every three weeks
Access rules are NOT the same as for airside lounges.
In order to get access, you will need to have arrived on a First or Business Class ticket on a oneworld airline or have British Airways Gold status or a oneworld equivalent. A British Airways Silver card will not do the job unfortunately.
The lounge will be open from 5am to 3.30pm.
Next up is the reopening of the Cathay Pacific airside lounge in Terminal 3 which is now expected in very early September.
Accessible to British Airways status card holders, this will be managed by Plaza Premium following the refurbishment. The new year will see the impressive new Qantas lounge which I wrote about here. Both of these will make a pleasant change to the British Airways Terminal 3 lounges.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge 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.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
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 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.