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British Airways improves lounge benefits for Silver, Gold and GGL Executive Club members

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Alongside the extension of Executive Club status for 25% of members announced today, British Airways has also tweaked its rules on lounge access.

Whilst this won’t impact most status members directly, it will indirectly improve the experience of Executive Club Gold members by reducing the numbers in the Galleries First lounge at Heathrow.

British Airways improves lounge benefits for Silver and Gold Executive Club member

What is changing with British Airways lounge access rules?

Are you Executive Club Silver or Gold?

With immediate effect, all Executive Silver and Gold members can use the pre-flight dining facility at North American lounges.

The major British Airways lounges in the United States contain a restaurant. The idea is that customers can eat a full meal and then maximise their sleep on what is often a very short flight back to the UK.

Historically, pre-flight dining required you to hold a ticket for Club World or First. Anyone who was flying in World Traveller or World Traveller Plus, and who was in the lounge on the back of their Executive Club status or because they had been guested in, did not qualify.

This has now changed. Anyone with access to a lounge with pre-flight dining, which includes New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Washington, will be allowed to eat in the restaurant.

British Airways Concorde Room access rules

Are you Executive Club Gold Guest List?

From today, all Executive Club Gold Guest List members can use the Concorde Room lounges.

These are located in Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York JFK.

This change will impact anyone who earns more than 3,000, but fewer than 5,000, Executive Club tier points per year.

To join Gold Guest List – we outline the benefits of BA Gold Guest List here – initially requires you to earn 5,000 tier points in a year, currently reduced to 3,750 tier points. 5,000 tier points is also the threshold to receive Concorde Room access, so all new Gold Guest List members can access it in their first year.

After your first year of Gold Guest List, renewal is easier. You only need to earn 3,000 tier points, currently reduced to 2,250 tier points. However, the threshold for a Concorde Room card remains at 5,000 tier points. This creates a tier of Gold Guest List members who earn between 3,000 and 4,999 tier points who do not receive Concorde Room access.

From today, this distinction is removed. Concorde Room access will be available to all Executive Club Gold Guest List members.

You should receive details of these changes from British Airways during Monday.

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Comments (27)

  • Mike P says:

    As a GGL member with a March year end, I’m very pleased about the status extension. The simplification of removing the separate requirement for the CCR card seems to be a good move too.

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    All we need now is for the lounges to reopen. No sign of that yet in Chicago…

  • Annih says:

    This is for once some really good news.

  • Robert says:

    Great new for us GGLs without CCR cards.

    Re Pre dining unless this is a temporary offer while the lounges are quiet, seems like an odd decision extending this great benefit not only to GCH, but even Silvers as it’s going to to make the pre dining restaurants incredibly busy.

    • Babyg says:

      Robert, so you’re happy that GGLs without CCR cards can now access the CCR (i.e. you), but you’re not happy about silvers/golds pre-dinning? I suspect if you were only silver or gold you’d be happier about silvers/gods pre-dinning.

  • Andrew says:

    With the US not opening until Nov 2022 now, the preflight dining benefit is unlikely to benefit many.

    • Alan says:

      Where did you read Nov *2022*? I can’t see it being as long as that.

      • Andrew says:

        That’s what everyone is suggesting now. Including Rob in the status extension article.

        • Allan says:

          Not according to the Times this morning who suggest end of 2021

          • MJB says:

            FT reporting November 2021 just now “US to relax EU and UK travel restrictions for vaccinated passengers”

  • Geoff says:

    Is the GGL CCR change long term or just pandemic related?

    • Rob says:

      Not clear. Volumes should mean they could keep it like this for 3-4 years though.

      • Rich says:

        Or perhaps forever given the huge reduction in F capacity following the fast tracking of the fleet retirement plan?

  • Tony says:

    This was already in action on Saturday. I entered the CCR unsure as to whether or not my CCR Card had been renewed following my July expiry (and my address being in the UAE and post taking months to arrive), but was told that as I was GGL it wasn’t a problem and so my CCR Card record wasn’t checked.

  • Chris says:

    I guess with less first class the lounge wasn’t going to be used. Any idea whilst T5 is being shared if GGL will get access on QR flights?

    I had resigned myself to giving it up; hopefully Asia opens back up and i can get some flights in to keep it.

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