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Where can you fly on BA from T3 to visit the excellent Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges?

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Long time readers of HFP will know that when you are flying from Heathrow Terminal 3 you are spoilt for choice when it comes to airline lounges.

The excellent Qantas lounge (review here) has now been open for almost two years, and is regarded as one of the best in the UK.  You also have the Cathay Pacific lounges (review) which are a great place to go if you have a BA Gold card and would like to enjoy some fine restaurant dining in the First Class lounge.

If that wasn’t enough, American Express has also made Heathrow Terminal 3 its home for one of the first Centurion lounges to open outside the US. Existing Centurion lounges have a very good reputation so this is one to keep an eye out for when it opens in early 2020 – vague image of the entrance below!

As well as the amazing Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges, you can also visit the T3 American Airlines and British Airways Galleries lounges.  These are both perfectly acceptable but not in the same league as the others.  If you have a Priority Pass card, there are also two excellent independent lounges – Club Aspire (reviewed here) and No 1 Lounge (reviewed here).

Have you flown from Terminal 3 in a while?

All this means that Heathrow Terminal 3 is the place to be if you want to relax in style before a British Airways flight (unless, of course, you can use the BA Concorde Room in Terminal 5!)

If you thinking about weekend break destinations for an Autumn trip, you might want to put a British Airways Terminal 3 route on your list.

British Airways is currently running a sale, as we covered here.  As it happens, one of the best Club Europe deals – Helsinki for £210 return, which earns a whopping 160 British Airways Executive Club tier points – departs from Terminal 3.

Remember that you need to be travelling in Club Europe / Club World to access the lounges, or have a British Airways Silver card or above, or oneworld equivalent.  You will need a BA Gold card or equivalent to access the First Class private dining section of the Cathay lounge.

You should also note that the Qantas lounge is only open from 8am to 8.30pm so it is not an option for very early or late evening flights.

Which BA routes operate from Terminal 3?

I couldn’t find an official list anywhere so this is our best DIY attempt – if there are any errors we will update them during the day.  It reflects the changes taking place when the Winter timetable launches in late October.

This list only covers BA flights.  A business class flight on any other oneworld airline would also work.  A very attractive option would be the handful of Finnair‘s Helsinki flights which use the new A350 long-haul aircraft which I reviewed here.  Book yourself in Business Class, for cash or Avios, and you can check out the new Terminal 3 lounges and then fly to Helsinki on a flat bed!

This is where I think we are with British Airways departures from Heathrow Terminal 3:

Short-haul and mid-haul:

  • Accra
  • Barcelona
  • Billund (from 27th October)
  • Budapest
  • Gibraltar
  • Hannover (from 27th October)
  • Helsinki
  • Lisbon
  • Luxembourg (until 27th October)
  • Lyon (until 27th October)
  • Marseille
  • Palermo
  • Pisa
  • Prague
  • Pula (Summer only)
  • Vienna
  • Zagreb (from 27th October)

Long-haul:

  • Cape Town
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • Nairobi
  • Phoenix
  • Vancouver

If you are thinking of making a booking in the current British Airways sale, perhaps it is worth giving a Terminal 3 destination a try?

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Comments

  1. We fly to Vienna at 11am in December. Plan is for breakfast in Qantas before Champers in Cathay!

  2. Shoestring says:

    O/T Eurostar running good off-peak, off-season promotion: London to Paris or Brussels (or Lille) from £29 each way, November thru January – plenty of availability and easy to find a £58 return journey if you can be a bit flexible on timings

  3. It all looks good but we’re gutted – we’re flying 1st to Miami and missing out on the Concorde Room! Feel we need some compensation 😉

    • The Cathay First Lounge is arguably better than the Concorde Room.
      At least you can serve yourself champagne 🙂

      • Why would you want to serve yourself?

      • I was having the same debate;

        Do we fly to LAX (from T5 with CCR) or San Diego (T3 CX First) on hols in Sep/Oct next year (Avios and 2-4-1: availability may make the decision for me).

        I’ve done CCR once before; think I tried CX First lounge when I was Gold a few years back but not sure I took full advantage (it was 7am…), although the SAN flight is midday/early afternoon; does this impact the offerings in the CX First?

        • As a former BA gold of 10+ years until last August, who used to frequent T3 nearly every week, the Cathay First lounge is the only bit of the OWE offering that I have not found to be bettered by Star Gold. On another note: Maybe HFP should do a Ryanair versus BryanAir comparison…

  4. “This list only covers BA flights. A business class flight on any other oneworld airline would also work.” … If you are BA Silver or Gold you can still use the lounges if flying economy.

    I fly AA to JFK on occasion and have used all 4 lounges in T3 now. You might also be able to book AA via the BA sale with routes they codeshare on, so could in theory add a few more destinations to that list.

    Also of note BA Silver or above gets you main cabin extra seats free on AA, the 6 inches extra legroom is nice, and in the case of the JFK route the 777s they fly are far nicer than the BA equivalent

    • Surely all AA flights out of the UK are BA codeshares? (And many AA domestic flights are as well).

      • It would be strange indeed if all flights between the UK and the US were operated by UK airlines.

        First/second freedom agreements are invariably reciprocal: the UK allows US airlines to fly to/from the UK in exchange for the US allowing UK airlines to fly to/from the UK

        And yes, AA operate transatlantic flights (as do United and Delta)

      • Sorry, rereading your comment, I think I misunderstood what you were saying.

  5. We are flying BA F on Monday to Miami, am I right in thinking we can access the Cathay First Lounge ?

  6. Not sure it’s been mentioned but Phoenix is moving to T5 at the end of the summer schedule!

  7. I have a reward flight to Miami booked in First – which lounge would you recommend?
    Thanks!

  8. Flying business with BA from Terminal 3 to Palermo am I able to access any other lounges or only BA Lounge? Cheers

    • Hi. I regularly fly to Pisa which has been recently moved to T3 from T5.
      Do like I do and “lounge crawl”. They are all more or less next to each other.
      If Silver/Sapphire or flying BA business you can use the Qantas, Cathay, BA and AA lounges.
      I would say the best one is Cathay, specially for the Dim Sum, followed by Qantas then BA (although can be very crowded) and finally AA.

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