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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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Comments (47)

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  • ayearinmx says:

    you should probably put ‘LHR’ in the headline somewhere…. otherwise a lot of people will be a bit disappointed upon reading this

  • TM says:

    Just an FYI – I think they do check the Amex Platinum is still active…not like the Eurostar lounges where they just inspect the card.

  • Kieran says:

    Will the Concorde room be open in January or just for these few days over Christmas?

  • Mike says:

    OT – but BA

    BA cancelled Sydney flights before November

    I had managed to get Amex 241 redemption in F for July-August , just been cancelled and have to go in our summer school hols.
    Not Happy

    • Voldemort says:

      Get BA to rebook you on QR.

      • Mike says:

        They can’t do that on a 241 redemption can they?

        • Harry T says:

          They absolutely can, Mike. You have the same rights as anyone else with a cancelled flight.

          • Lady London says:

            Including for the 2nd seat booked on a 241, including if you paid 50% avios, including if you got your seat free with a toy out if a cornflake packet etc.

            You have full rights eac seat.

          • Lady London says:

            You could wait until very near the flight until you make up your mind. You dont have to decide now. Personally I would be comfortable finally deciding about 2 weeks before.

    • BrightonReader says:

      No need to post the same comment across several threads!

      • Mike says:

        apologies, but there had been no replies on other thread and this one is at least BA related

    • Harry T says:

      You’re travelling in July/August 2021? I mean, BA have probably done you a kindness unless you’re an Australian citizen because the weather is dreary in everywhere but northern Australia, and no one without an Australian passport will be getting in by August 2021.

      You are entitled to a reroute on another airline, a change of dates up to the end of ticket validity, or a refund.

  • Mike says:

    At MAN, I noticed BA arrive next to FR and walk out in the rain on the LCC gates.

    Would I be right in thinking the cost of an airbridge at MAN is £150?

    I suppose £150 is a lot of money when you haven’t got it!

    • Lady London says:

      BA already did that at various outstations I think.

    • Mike says:

      Well, if its per rotation on a typical A320 thats 50p per pax. Otherwise £1 per pax.

      How very premium.

      • Nick says:

        That’s not the price charged at MAN… and of course there have to be special arrangements at the moment because T3 is closed for departures but domestic arrivals have to be routed that way for customs reasons. But of course we won’t let facts get in the way of a good rant.

        Also, BA regularly sells tickets for £3 +tax on LHRMAN. So even if it were £1 per pax, that would be a third of their revenue gone in an instant.

  • Andrew says:

    Seems odd that Club passengers get upgraded all the way from Galleries Club to CCR if it’s busy – going from sparkling wine, bypassing the cheap champagne in Galleries First and straight to LPGS! Speaking of which, I’m assuming the LPGS will be put away when the CCT is open to regular Galleries First guests – or they’ll find everyone is out there and no one is in the actual lounge!

  • Boon says:

    Went to Galleries First for the first time last weekend. My other half has Silver, we had a 10pm flight, and the Galleries Club was closed for the day.

    Was disappointed. Doesn’t look much better than Galleries Club, in terms of decor or furniture. Food menu was also average. A slight improvement, but just 4 measly choices. Didn’t have any alcoholic drinks so maybe that’s an improvement, but the soft menu was also uninspiring.

    Not sure I’d want to pay first class prices for that type of lounge experience!

    • John says:

      If you’re talking about pre-covid, you wouldn’t go to GF if you paid for an F ticket.

    • GaryC says:

      In “normal” times it’s a decent step up. A bit more space, slightly nicer decor, drinks a bit better, nicer dining arrangements, terrace which galleries south doesn’t have etc. The terrace was always my go to spot pre-flight before I got CCR card (and ironically has been this year too since, it was repurposed as the Concorde Terrace).

  • Kevin R says:

    BA are using covid ‘breakout’ to try and justify cancelling flights under 14 days and then trying to avoid EU261. Compo. Payment, do believe this is legal?

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