Three British Airways airport lounges will reopen on Monday
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There is good news for readers who have been missing their British Airways regional lounges. Three sites are due to reopen on Monday.
There is also news on what is happening at Newcastle and Manchester.
From Monday, priority boarding will also return.
From Monday, this is the position outside Heathrow:
The British Airways lounge, pictured above, reopens on Monday.
Belfast City Airport
After a break, British Airways passengers can once again access the Aspire lounge in the airport.
The British Airways lounge reopens on Monday.
The British Airways lounge reopens on Monday.
After a break, British Airways passengers can once again access the independent lounge in the airport.
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.
The British Airways lounge is permanently closed. This article has a few photographs of the British Airways Manchester lounge if you want a reminder of how it was.
British Airways passengers are now using the Escape lounge in Terminal 1.
The British Airways lounge is permanently closed and has already been stripped out.
The oneworld website, before it was taken down, was recently showing the Aspire lounge as being available for British Airways passengers. We do not know when this arrangement will start.
Which British Airways lounges are open at London Heathrow?
The current situation at Heathrow will be unchanged from Monday as far as we know:
- Galleries Club South and Galleries Club North are open at peak times
- Galleries First is open at all times, with Business Class passengers being allowed to use it when Galleries Club South and North are 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 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. Whilst Terminal 3 reopens on Thursday, there are no plans for British Airways to return at this point.
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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:
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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
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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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.