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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)

  • Dev says:

    This might actually make it worthwhile to pursue GGL status … especially with the reduced Tier Point requirements at the moment.

    Being based temporarily in East Africa, it is easy enough to rack up large amounts of Tier Points via Qatar but if America opens up again soon, I can re-route via London and gain extra Avios (and have a break from Qatar once in a blue-moon!).

  • Dev says:

    Sorry forgot to ask … will this extend to all those lounges with a Concorde dining or whatever it was called … the sub-location within the GF lounge in places like Singapore.

  • AJA says:

    I experienced the pre flight dining experience at Washington as a Silver travelling in WTP way back in 2007, so a few years ago. I had been doing monthly TATL flights in WTP and Washington was my preferred route. I had lounge access from my Silver status and I got to know the lounge staff quite well. They invited me to try it out and I must say it was rather nice. It means you get a decent meal on the ground and then get to sleep on the plane, less well in WTP but still possible. Is the restaurant there still downstairs? 🤔

  • Nick Burch says:

    GGL normally gets 2 guests into BA operated lounges, and 1 into other lounges. IIRC a GGL with a Concard Club Card only got 1 guest into the CCR. Any news on how many guests you can take into CCR as GGL, is it 2 like Galleries First or just 1?

    • Nick Burch says:

      According to a post on FlyerTalk

      Access to the Concorde Room is now extended to all Gold Guest List Members, they will be entitled to have one guest join them.

      So, GGL can take 2 guests into Galleries First, but only 1 into CCR

    • Sunil says:

      Lounge access for GGL was actually changed a few years back to 5 guests. So it’s now 5 guests allowed in the Gold lounge and 1 guest in CCR.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Thought 5 was into the club lounge not the first lounge?

        • Sunil says:

          I haven’t tried it myself but pretty sure it both. The benefits part of the BA website says “ Whenever you’re travelling with British Airways, either for business or leisure, you can invite up to five guests to join you in our relaxing departure lounges (excluding the Concorde Room).”

          • CheshirePete says:

            The 5 have to be on same flight as I understood it. 2 can be anyone on any flight. Although this might be outside of LHR not Tried it!

  • Peter Taysum says:

    I agree with the above, with reduced TP requirement, and double TP until end March 2022; if USA opens up; this is probably the only time I’d make GGL (3750) although unlikely I’d make 3000 TP on “normal” requirements; unless there’s a lot of good First sales…

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