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American Airlines moving its flights to London Heathrow Terminal 5

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American Airlines will be moving all of its London Heathrow flights into BA’s Terminal 5 from tomorrow, Tuesday.

‘All’ isn’t much at the moment, of course.  American is only operating four flights – one per day to Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare and Miami.

Check-in will be in Zone C, except for Flagship First customers who can use the First Wing.  The dedicated security lane in the First Wing is currently closed, however, so if there are no queues it is a bit of a waste of time heading down there.

American Airline Heathrow Terminal 5 move

Lounge access is available as per standard oneworld rules.

Finnair is also due to move to Terminal 5 in the next couple of weeks.

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (February 2024)

American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.

There is, however, still a way to earn American Airlines miles from a UK credit card

The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to American Airlines miles at the rate of 3:1.

The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend. At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 American Airlines miles per £1 spent on the card.

You can apply here.

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Comments (49)

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  • marcw says:

    Something similar is happening with IB and Air Europa. Air Europa usually operated from T1 at Madrid Airport. T1 was closed for a couple of months, and all flights arr/dep from T4 (IB terminal). Now T1 is open again, but Air Europa is staying in T4. I guess it’s indicative of something…

  • Michael C says:

    Is it still worth booking through BA Exec for the additional driver benefit? BA is a bit pricier (£30) but saves on the additional driver charge especially on a longer booking.

    • Peter says:

      Book through the Avis website using the Ba Exec AWD. Sometimes (rather often) the prices are jacked up when booking through the BA website.

      • Michael C says:

        Sorry I don’t follow. There seems to be a multitude of ways to book Avis/BA in combination! Should I sign up for Avis Preferred? seems to be charging me for an additional driver.

      • Prins Polo says:

        Do you still get Avios when booking through the Avis website and adding BA AWD and BA Exec Club number? Asking just out of curiosity – the savings may of course outweigh the meager Avios earnings anyway.

  • james says:

    I don’t see any link in your article about Avis, only “You can find out more .”

    Also don’t see this offer on

    • Rhys says:

      Have you got adblock on? There is a link in the article. Best to whitelist HFP.

  • Rob says:

    They sent us all the stuff about it including a full spreadsheet with all the offers. I admit there’s nothing on the homepage though ….

  • dwadda says:

    Rats. The AA arrivals lounge at T3 was very useful. It was open until 3pm.

    • Andrew says:

      And good if you were flying CX of QF. That’s a shame if one of them doesn’t take it over. Maybe T5 arrivals will allow all OW arrivals access – what’s the policy at the moment?

    • Sam says:

      My best bet is that this is only temporary, given AA has their own facilities (arrivals/departure lounge) at T3. Once T3 reopens I’m sure they will both move back there.

  • @mkcol says:

    I couldn’t find a definition of what Avis considers to be a long term rental to then qualify for the one off extra Avios.
    I’m guessing it’s one week but it doesn’t explicitly say, unless I’ve read past it 4 times.

  • Liam says:

    A shame about AA moving from a lounge perspective, as others have noted. I was due to fly AA to JFK in April, which obviously never happened in the end, and was looking forward to finally getting to see what the Cathay lounge was all about. It is highly unlikely that I will fly Cathay or Qantas from LHR in the upcoming years.

  • Kris Schimmel says:

    Did American ever renovate the lounge in T3 or will they have a fancy new one in T5?

    • Rhys says:

      They never renovated. As to whether they’ll have a new one, it isn’t clear….it wasn’t even clear that this was a permanent move until recently!

      • Lumma says:

        The AA move is permanent? I liked their lounge in T3, it was always quite quiet, self serve drinks (although the beer selection was terrible, carlsberg, bud and kaliber) and the pic and mix to make a bag to take on the flight. The BA lounges in T5 feel anything but premium

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