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British Airways airport lounge openings over Christmas – where can you go?

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Which British Airways airport lounges are open over Christmas?

We have got hold of a copy of BA’s internal lounge access guidelines for the Christmas period. The good news for anyone flying First Class is that The Concorde Room is back.

This is what you will find open, and when, in Terminal 5:

  • Galleries First – open 5am to 10pm. The terrace area will be available to all passengers, not just ticketed First Class passengers, during those times when the Concorde Room is open.
  • Galleries Club South – open 5am to 9pm, passengers to use Galleries First from 9pm to 10pm
  • Galleries Club North – open between 17th and 23rd December, and 27th/28th December, from 5am to 2pm
  • The Concorde Room – open between 17th and 20th December from 8am to 3pm (First Class ticket holders only, other passengers may be sent there if Galleries First is busy)

All other BA lounges remain closed. It isn’t clear what sort of food and drink service is currently offered.

The two independent lounges in Terminal 5, Club Aspire (buy here) and Plaza Premium (buy here) are also open.

Plaza Premium is by far the best of the two. Remember that it does not accept Priority Pass but you can still get in by flashing your American Express Platinum card at the door. The Club Aspire lounge does accept Priority Pass.

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

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Comments (47)

  • Paul says:

    Sorry if I’m being dumb, I have a first class flight booked for 22nd December, but according to your dates above the Concorde room won’t be open then?

  • @mkcol says:

    Why on earth did I end up at this article when clicking on the “read the comments” button in the “Has British Airways just cancelled your long haul flights? Here are your options.” email article?

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