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Which British Airways UK lounges are open, which are closed and which will never reopen?

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Whilst British Airways has lounges up and running in Heathrow Terminal 5, the situation elsewhere is a lot more fluid – and a lot less positive.

Shortly before I went to Gibraltar, British Airways decided to reinstate access to the VIP lounge in the airport. (Quick review – it is OK, there isn’t much else going on in the terminal anyway, and it has outdoor balcony seats overlooking the runway which you rarely find.) Unfortunately it hasn’t been as proactive in the UK.

This is the current position as far we know, in alphabetical order:

British Airways Aberdeen lounge still closed

Aberdeen Airport

The British Airways lounge, above, is still closed but is expected to reopen at some point. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

Belfast City Airport

British Airways transferred management of this lounge to Aspire last year. In the last few days it has cancelled its contract with Aspire so you will no longer have access. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

EDIT: By coincidence, the Belfast City lounge reopened to British Airways passengers today.

Edinburgh Airport

The British Airways lounge is still closed but is expected to reopen at some point. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

Glasgow Airport

The British Airways lounge is still closed but is expected to reopen at some point. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

Jersey Airport

Whilst still BA-branded in places, this lounge has been run independently for some years. British Airways is no longer paying for access. There are no alternative arrangements in place – there are no other lounges …..

EDIT: by coincidence, Jersey is accepting BA passengers again from today

British Airways Galleries Lounge London Gatwick Airport South Terminal

London Gatwick Airport

The British Airways lounges, above, in the South Terminal are still closed, with the few remaining BA flights departing from the North Terminal. It is unclear if British Airways will resume services from London Gatwick or not (see this article) due to the need to protect landing and take-off slots at Heathrow.

Manchester Airport

The British Airways lounge is permanently closed. There are no alternative arrangements in place. This article has a few photographs of the British Airways Manchester lounge if you want a reminder of how it was.

Newcastle Airport

The British Airways lounge is permanently closed and has already been stripped out. There are no alternative arrangements in place.

All in all, it isn’t hugely positive for British Airways travellers outside Heathrow …..

Which British Airways lounges are open?

Which British Airways lounges are open at London Heathrow?

As a reminder, the current situation at Heathrow is that:

  • Galleries Club South remains open at peak times
  • Galleries First is open at all times, with Business Class passengers being allowed to use it when Galleries Club South is closed
  • The Concorde Room (pictured above, before BA sold off the artwork!) is closed but a temporary lounge for ticketed First Class passengers and qualifying Gold Guest List members has opened on the terrace of Galleries First
  • Galleries Club North remains closed
  • Galleries Club in the ‘B’ satellite remains closed

The lounge in Terminal 3 is also closed, as is the entire terminal, along with the Terminal 5 Arrivals Lounge.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges 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. You can apply here.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 30,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a 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.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (99)

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  • TimM says:

    BA’s lounges page says they will be using the Aspire lounge at Manchester T1 – when it reopens. When I passed through on 12th June, all 3 T1 lounges were closed for the duration.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I can’t find that page, can you post a link?

      • Rob says:

        That’s not what it says. The oneworld website https://www.oneworld.com/airport-lounges?location=MAN which is what ba.com sends you to says that Aspire is for Finnair and RAM passengers only.

        • TimM says:

          It does say that now. It did not two weeks ago. It doesn’t matter much yet as it is closed. BA may be clarifying their information on the basis that BA will move to Manchester Terminal 2 very shortly.

  • Martin says:

    The Jersey lounge reopens to BA customers today

    https://twitter.com/jerairport/status/1407700893169065997?s=24

  • Bluekjp says:

    Presume neither INV nor LBA (from where I depart on BA in a couple of weeks in CE) have anything going too.

    • PhatGit says:

      When BA still had the LHR flights from LBA there wasn’t a dedicated BA lounge, but CE and CW passengers were given access to the Yorkshire Rose lounge. Not sure if that will be the same for Belfast flight

      • tony says:

        The INV lounge (3rd party) was closed a couple of weeks ago despite pretty much everything else in the airport being open.

        The Priority Pass app keeps pushing the reopening date back. Currently says July 1st.

  • Murray says:

    What about the Priority Pass lounges? Many still seem closed, allegedly due to “government restrictions” with no opening date in sight?

  • Stu says:

    Normally when the lounges are closed for non-Covid related reasons (renovation, refit etc), the least they do is give each person a £10 voucher for use elsewhere in the airport. They’re still charging full whack for their premium cabins so why no vouchers?

    • Doug M says:

      Possibly so they can keep more money………….

    • David wakelin says:

      When I flew back from Gib last month and was denied access to the lounge, I spent £9 on a drink and sandwich and BA wouldn’t even give me that back in Avios !!

  • Andrew says:

    What a sorry state the world of travel will be after all this. Our best years really are behind us I think.

    • Rob says:

      You might be about to see a few years of outstandingly low prices which will let you see places you never thought possible. Let’s see.

  • BJ says:

    Presumably access to the Aspire lounge in Inverness contiues if/when open?

  • Lesley says:

    Aberdeen was due to reopen in Monday 21st. Am downroute at the moment, but due to travel from there on Tuesday so will confirm!

    • Glen says:

      Aberdeen BA lounge was closed when I travelled out on mid-morning Tuesday (22nd). Northern Lights Lounge was open.

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