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The British Airways lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 is open – despite no BA flights

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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.

British Airways Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge opening

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.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

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 a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

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.

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