A question I am often asked is whether you can use Qantas lounges if you have a British Airways Gold, Silver or Bronze status card.
Lounge access is one of the perks that many people aspire too when the travel. Nothing beats escaping the crowds of a busy terminal and settling down with some free wine or champagne before a long flight.
Your entitlement to lounge access depends on what status you hold, even with British Airways’ own lounges. British Airways Bronze members are not entitled to lounge access whilst Silver and Gold members are.
Executive Club Silver status is the equivalent to oneworld Sapphire tier, allowing you to access the oneworld equivalent business class lounges, for example. This includes Qantas business class lounges across its entire network, such as the Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3.
Unlike many other business class facilities, the Qantas London Lounge offers a la carte dining. This is normally a feature of premium First Class lounges but, since Qantas does not have a separate first class lounge at Heathrow, it has decided to open this to all travellers in with oneworld business or first tickets or emerald / sapphire status.
Gold card holders, of course, can also access Qantas’ First Class lounges internationally. However, if you are looking for a dedicated First Class lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 which is better than the British Airways one, you are in luck. Cathay Pacific operates an exclusive First Class lounge for oneworld alliance flyers directly above the Qantas lounge!
You can check out the global network of lounges which you can enter with your British Airways status on the oneworld alliance website here.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.
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