American Airlines flights – apart from New York JFK – and Japan Airlines flights are due to move back to Heathrow Terminal 3 today.
The British Airways lounge has reopened in Terminal 3 today for the benefit of AA and JAL passengers.
As both of these airlines are fellow oneworld alliance members, their passengers are able to use the BA lounge.
Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and Sri Lankan – all oneworld alliance members – are already back in Terminal 3 and those passengers will also be able to use the BA lounge.
The lounge will be open from 6.30am to 7pm daily. The food offering has been cut back slightly from the standard offering, but will apparently be back to normal once British Airways flights return. The first possible date for this is now 17th August but it may slip further.
None of the other oneworld lounges in Terminal 3 (American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas) are open. The ‘pay to enter’ No1 Lounge is open – you can book here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
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.