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You can now pay for entry at the Qantas Heathrow Terminal 3 airport lounge

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According to Executive Traveller, Qantas has opened its very good Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge (review here) to paying customers.

You do not need to be flying Qantas, oneworld or any particular cabin class: it is open to anyone passing through the terminal.

Qantas lounge hEATHROW

It costs £55 which is, needless to say, a lot. Despite its reputation as one of the best lounges in Heathrow you may baulk at the cost.

Apparently, Qantas is treating this as a trial. The lounge remains empty for most of the afternoon, since Qantas only flies from London at midday and just after 8pm. There is a good six hour slot between these two flights where one flight has departed and passengers for the second have not yet arrived.

£55 is a little steep compared to the No 1 Lounge (review here) and the Club Aspire lounge (review here), where £20-£25 can often get you access if you find the right deal.  That said, it is an impressive space.

My bigger question is over how Qantas intends to market it.  It can’t promote it to its own passengers who don’t have access, since the lounge is already busy over those periods.  It has no easy way of reaching other passengers flying out of Terminal 3 – short of sticking a big sign on the door saying ‘come on it, it’s only £55’ ……


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club lounge – see the list here

The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list.  Additional visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  There is no annual fee 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

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

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.

Comments (96)

  • Neil Donoghue says:

    Has anyone had any luck using the Wheely promotion more than twice on their Amex cards? I was going to give it a try this afternoon and see what happens

    • Dev says:

      Yes. Worked fine on my BAPP. Two trips to LHR and £25 refund received for each on my online statement. Takes 4-5 days.

      • Dev says:

        Apologies I just realised that you said more than twice! No I didn’t do that but might give it a go next week before the offer ends.

        • Neil Donoghue says:

          Cheers Dev, I will let you know tomorrow! The offer worked fine for me as well but I didn’t receive any email to say the offer triggered

    • Louise says:

      No joy here, I got the two lots of £25 cash backs but the third time I used it nothing 🙁 oh well!

      • Neil Donoghue says:

        Thanks Louise! Used it tonight and the charge has gone through…Let’s see if I get the £25 back

  • xcalx says:

    OT Monese card

    Am I right in thinking that the £5000 monthly limit relates to pay point transactions only and PO transactions have no limit per month just the £500 at any one time.
    From Monese TCs

    Cash top-up via Post Office Per transaction £5 £500 £5 £500 £5 £500

    Cash top-up via PayPoint Per transaction n/a £249 n/a £249 n/a £249
    Per day n/a £500 n/a £500 n/a £500
    Per week n/a £2,500 n/a £2,500 n/a £2,500
    Per month (30 days) n/a £5,000 n/a £5,000 n/a £5,000

    Thanks

  • Nick says:

    They currently charge BA $80 for every entrant travelling on a BA flight – and that’s at oneworld ‘mates’ rates’. In this context, £55 is a bargain!

  • Philip says:

    Re the Accor offer – “In theory, this promo is only valid if you were emailed it directly by Accor.”

    I didn’t get an email and when I tried registering I got the message “Unfortunately, your status does not qualify you for this offer”, and I’ve got Gold status!

  • Darren says:

    OT,

    When booking a 241 from the UK to Hong Kong what is the best sequence to save on the charges?
    Outbound online and then call for the return?

    Thanks

    • E says:

      Won’t save on the charges that way. You’ll get charged the same if you book both out and back together or one outbound then later one return. You’ll only save if you use the 241 solely for the outbound then book the return as a separate ticket using twice the avios and not linked to the 241.

      • happeemonkee says:

        That’s not correct. If you book the outbound only using the 241, you can book the inbound seperately to make use of the lower charges ex HK and phone BA and ask to apply the voucher to the return. You’ll then get 50% of your Avios back. I did this a couple of weeks ago.

        • Darren says:

          Ah, I see. Thanks very much.

          • Michael C says:

            Yep, did this for a March trip: out to Osaka with the voucher. Reserved the return from HKG with Avios, then rang and the reservations were “linked” and half the Avios returned, no problem.

  • claire says:

    O/T Re curve card and ATM withdrawals. I have the basic blue card with a £500 monthly limit for foreign transactions. Does anyone know if the £200 ATM withdrawal limit per month is separate or would be part of this £500 limit. thanks Claire

    • Mr. AC says:

      It’s separate unless you’re doing an ATM withdrawal that involves a FX conversion (e.g. Euros from an ATM where the underlying card is in pounds).

  • Daniel says:

    Somewhat OT but lounge related. Just got refused into Gatwick No1 Lounge in the South Terminal 30 mins ago, They said: “We are not accepting priority pass at the moment but Club Aspire will let you in.” Bearing in mind this is end of October and Gatwick is pretty much at its quietest time of the year! Very interesting given that they usually say – “We are at capacity at the moment but come back at X time”.

    Anyone have idea what’s going on here?

  • Scallder says:

    OT – Nectar double up. You can do vouchers on the app in store through the app but they’re limiting it this year to £100 voucher max this year per account (last year was £200 per account). Hugely annoying as across 2 accounts had been lining up £400 of purchases …grrrrr

    • BJ says:

      It wasn’t even £200 in practice last year, store staff seemed to have no way of know if you had already converted £200 and would issue more.