Review of the British Airways (and Priority Pass) lounge at Jersey Airport

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This is our review of the British Airways lounge at Jersey Airport

A few weeks ago we started another round of UK airport reviews and mentioned the fact that we still need a good number of reviews.  Reader Andrew flies out of Jersey on a regular basis and generously offered to write up a review for us.

All of our UK airport lounge reviews can be found here.  Whether we can ever complete the full set of debatable but we’ll try!

Over to Andrew:

“Jersey Airport is small, but remarkably busy (particularly when the fog sets in and flights are delayed!). Reaching the lounge requires a walk through the main departures area to the gates, where it is located next to Gate 2.

Inconveniently, once you have left the main departure area into that of the gates you cannot return. Buy your (very) cheap duty-free booze first!

The lounge itself is branded as a British Airways Executive Lounge but you can also get in using a Priority Pass.  You CANNOT get in with an American Express Gold ‘Lounge Club’ card, however.

The opening hours are 6am to 8.30pm daily.  As lounges go it is not terribly inspiring, if I’m honest. It is split into three areas: a main sitting area, a side sitting area (that I much prefer) and a food / drinks area

Seating

The main sitting area is shown in the picture below. Be warned that there are virtually no power sockets in this part of the lounge, unless you want to unplug one of the lamps to charge your phone – which I have seen people do before!

British Airways lounge Jersey airport review

Past this is a smaller seating area, arranged primarily with chairs and sofas facing each other. I find this to be a much better arrangement for having a chat if flying with a colleague or friend, compared to the rather sterile rows of seats in the larger part of the lounge.

It is not bad for hiding in a corner with a laptop to do some work before your flight either.

British Airways lounge Jersey airport review

There are a few plug sockets squirrelled away on the walls that do not involve unplugging lamps to charge your phone! You’ll need to hunt around for them though.

Food and Drink

The bar area is reasonably well-stocked in alignment with most British Airways lounges. There is sometimes some Jersey gin or Jersey vodka, which is a nice local touch – not that it’s terribly good, but still …..

British Airways lounge Jersey airport review

The food, however, is pretty abysmal. Do not come to the lounge expecting a full meal. I would not recommend the pasta, which is served cold and is the only “main” dish served, unless you like your pasta to taste solely of a vaguely acidic tomato sauce and be rather mushy.

There is also soup, and if you strike it lucky, there may even be a decent soup. My experiences would suggest otherwise though – you may have spotted that there are no photos of me with any plates of the food ….

British Airways lounge Jersey airport review

The joghurts are nice, and local, and the chocolate brownie is not bad. There is sometimes a lemon drizzle cake which, while obviously mass produced in a catering facility somewhere, is not unpleasant. The usual selection of crisps and biscuits round off the food selection.

British Airways lounge Jersey airport review

One point of frustration, if you are in the lounge and your flight is delayed, is that you cannot return to the main departure area to acquire any food. This has resulted in a lounge of hungry people on more than one occasion – I am not the only one who skips the pasta mush!

Conclusion

All things considered, the British Airways Executive Lounge at Jersey Airport is perfectly adequate to relax with a couple of pre-flight drinks. The lack of readily available power sockets throughout the lounge is frustrating, as is the location and the food selection, but given the size of the airport, it really isn’t a bad lounge at all.”

Thanks Andrew.  You can access the Executive Lounge for free with a Priority Pass (which comes free with American Express Platinum, or you can buy one separately).  You can also pre-book access for cash via the Lounge Pass website here.

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Comments

  1. I must be going mad I am sure I have read this article before this morning including the dodgy pasta.
    I haven’t read the article this morning ????????‍♂️

  2. I’ve never had a problem returning to the main departure area when I wanted to (including to cash in the delayed flight catering vouchers distributed in the lounge. Just walk back the way you came, and the door opens for you.

  3. Been to jersey lots myself and your best getting food in the main departures hall then walking upstairs to the viewing hall. It’s often quiet and gives great views over the apron…. just watch the kids playing area. My son was violently sick immediately after and days later after playing in their few weeks ago….it’s a germ city!

  4. Its interesting to see detailed reviews of these many other small Club lounges if only to reach the conclusion that unless you happen to be on an Avios Club ticket redemption (usually because there is no Euro Traveller/Economy Availability as I wouldn’t otherwise willingly pay double the Avios for short haul club, although I suppose BA’s removal of free Economy food and drink has somewhat increased that part of the benefits of a Club class ticket) or a Club ticket paid for by your employer that you aren’t missing very much at all.

    I also find it odd that in 2018 with all of the push towards healthy eating and healthy lifestyles that BA’s main focus in the Club Lounge is usually only on free Booze. By contrast even though its Club if you get any fruit in any lounge operated under the BA brand its only ever an apple or an orange (which reminds me only of school or NHS hospital catering) because some cheese pairing accountant (not that we get any kind of cheese in these lounges apart from possibly a slice of processed cheese) has decided that this kind of fruit is cheap and also not very perishable and so can be carried over from one day to the next. But no strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, mangoes, papaya, lychees, dates or even a humble satsuma or clementine (which most of us surely prefer to now buy and eat from the supermarket compared to 1950s era Oranges that are generally only fit to make Fresh Orange Juice) ever. Even finding a humble banana in a club lounge seems to be rare because of course again it doesn’t have a long enough shelf life and can’t be stuck in a fridge over night to extend that life…………….

    Even when BA actually does food in a Club lounge (as in the North and South lounges in T5) its only a load of vile swilling chilli and baked beans with a few baked potates. No fresh salmon or chicken or anything like that. And breakfast (the only decent meal) stops at something ridiculously early like 9am.

    The only Club lounges in Europe where the experience is any better are places like the Almost At Home Lounge Helsinki (see https://bit.ly/2QItxxP) where travelling business at all is rarer and so the operator bothers to treat it as being a special experience of some kind.

    Conclusion is that its only worth bothering about any of these lounges when it is thrown on you because there is only a Club Avios redemption available and its not worth bothering to pay for an an unlimited Priority Pass card to be able to use them on every single flight you take (even if its with Ryanair or Easyjet). This is especially true for me as someone who otherwise normally likes to arrive at an airport as close to departure time as is allowed, although even I have had to become more cautious due to ever long queues at security and frequent unnanounced sudden increases in minimum check in time allowed (eg now minimum 60 minutes before departure check in with BA at some other European airports, even though other airlines still allow 40 minutes before departure time at the same airport and they even bumped me off the flight with a hand baggage only ticket in April because as they saw that I only cleared security 25 minutes before the flight – from the annoying big brother tracking system – they decided they wouldn’t wait for me, even though I was at the gate just over 10 minutes before flight departure time).

    • swhostring says:

      PP – depends how much booze you can get through in 2 hours after a 4 hr journey! I think the 10 shot PP card @ £12/ lounge pass would be excellent value, provided not driving when you land, of course! 🙂

      Anyway, your conclusions miss important bits. What about the ‘free’ PP that comes with Plat? 5 referrals = 90K points = £900. Free PP on top!

      What about Barclays DP, 6 @ £15.50? – but they’re free, really – if you can use the breakdown & health insurances.

  5. Surely the couple can cancel and rebook going via New York which normally has better availability in premium classes?

  6. Based on the Galleries lounges at T5, I thought it was BA policy to make as few power sockets available as possible.

    And Edinburgh’s BA lounge doesn’t even do bacon rolls 🙁

  7. I hate to go against the grain… but I quite liked this lounge the other week! The soup was very tasty, I liked the yoghurt, and I had a reasonable scone for afternoon tea (albeit with horrible jam). The Jersey vodka made a decent V&T, and the Guernsey cider made a nice change (the only cider in a BA lounge?)

    I did sit in the nice ‘around the corner’ bit with power sockets – the writer is correct to say it’s good for getting some work done.

    I loved how the staff announced each flight twice, once ‘for those who like to be first on’ and again ‘for those who prefer to relax some more’ (their words, not mine!)

    The worst part of the lounge though is the twits who insist on eating crisps as loudly as they possibly can. Seriously, I thought I’d landed in a noise-making competition!

    Oh and Julian – I was on a commercial ticket in CE 🙂

  8. FIRSTclstraveller says:

    Contrary to the writer’s comments I actually think the local ‘La Mare’ Gin is very good!

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