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.

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 via a UK credit card

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

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual 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.

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Comments

  1. 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?

  2. 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

    • 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.

  3. The link to 10,000 IHG points sin up bonus on joining Ambassador (part of the 3K ++ offer) not working from hfp. Does anyone have a link that works?

  4. Lady London says:

    OT Yaaay! Just got an email saying Shake Shack is now at Gatwick. Between there, the decent Pret and the corners I’ve found to have my sandwiches in, bye bye Priority Pass which did not offer much more (and not any close-to-guaranteed entry anymore) at Gatwick.

    Would be too much I suppose, that one day In ‘n Out Burger might make its way across the Atlantic? 🙂

  5. Re Qantas lounge – I asked about paid access when we visited the lounge on Friday morning. It is a trial and costs 55 pounds for up to 3 hours or 85 pounds for over 3 hours. They have 5 or 6 people a day take them up on the offer. I didn’t notice any signs about this, but could easily have missed them. Wrote a longer comment under today’s (Nov 3) Bits article.

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