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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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  • Stu says:

    All looking very grim & disappointing for the regions. Very useful – many thanks Rob !

  • Joshua says:

    Rob any sign of BA offering further status extensions? Jan 21 getting scarier for GGL retention.

  • Seb says:

    Have BA given any indication as to when the Concorde Room might reopen?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      My educated guess is not until travel to the USA is back and there is far more travel across Europe.

  • Aliks says:

    Club Aspire at Gatwick is open right now. Its almost deserted, much like Gatwick itself.

    It looks like they are admitting BA business and First tickets, but we got in on the AMEX Gold/Priority pass.

    Table service only, but a decent English breakfast on offer.

  • Dylan says:

    As a note, no BA operated lounges in the US are currently open as far as I know.

    The AA Flagship lounges have not opened, nor have the OneWorld and Qantas lounges, so at best BA customers in the US currently have access to Admiral’s Club lounges. Some locations where BA is not currently operating have their third party lounge open (e.g. Escape/Centurion lounge complex at PHX).

    So that effectively means something like this (focus only on cities with active flights currently):

    BOS – Admiral’s Club only (requires re-clearing security)
    DFW – Admiral’s Club (or can access Amex Centurion or Club at DFW if eligible)
    JFK – All T7 BA lounges currently closed (Alaska lounge also closed)
    LAX – Terminal 4 Admiral’s Club only (Amex Centurion temporarily closed due to repairs in TBIT)
    MIA – Admiral’s Club only (or Centurion lounge if eligible)
    ORD – Admiral’s Club (requires re-clearing security or shuttle bus)
    PHL – Admiral’s Club only (or Centurion lounge if eligible, though it closes at 5pm)
    SEA – BA lounge closed, Alaska lounges open (as are Club at SEA or Amex Centurion if you have eligibility)
    SFO – BA and other OW lounges closed except AA Admiral’s Club in T1 (requires re-clearing security as connector is not currently open) (Centurion lounge may be an option but also requires re-clearing security)

  • Stagger Lee says:

    I know it’s been reported beforebut the loss of MAN is a real pain for northern punters. Being a 241 voucher user it was always a nice way to start a holiday.

    Hopefully something else will be put in place sober rather than later.

  • Lady London says:

    I agree AJA but lounges are very expensive to run. So currently I’m not blaming BA

  • Tt485 says:

    Does anyone know the current opening times for Galleries Club South, please? I.e. at what times do Business Class passengers get access to Galleries First?
    Thanks

    • Greenpen says:

      I was in the. Club lounge on June 10th and they announced about 3.00pm it would be closing at 4.00pm but we could use the “lounge downstairs”. They were clearly beginning to pack up after 3.00pm so I went to the downstairs lounge at about 3.30pm. They may have been overwhelmed by the influx of us Silvers travelling economy as the service was not as efficient as what had been offered in the upstairs lounge! Food and drink better though!

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