In a positive sign about the pick-up of flight activity, British Airways will be moving back into Heathrow Terminal 3 on Tuesday 9th November.
These will be the first BA passenger flights to operate from Terminal 3 since March 2020.
Which British Airways routes are moving to Terminal 3?
The first thing to note is that only short-haul flights are moving back to Terminal 3 for now.
All British Airways long-haul flights will remain in Terminal 5, apart from the handful of Caribbean departures which are still using Gatwick Airport.
These are the routes which are moving:
This is similar, although not identical, to how routes were split pre-covid. Historically, Terminal 3 flights have been those with the fewest connecting passengers to minimise the number of people who need to be shuttled to or from Terminal 5. Some routes also went to Terminal 3 if they were very popular with US tourists connecting from American Airlines.
What lounges can I access?
Only a handful of the Terminal 3 airport lounges are currently open, but you do have some options.
Got BA status or flying business class? The British Airways lounge is open, which we reviewed here. Unfortunately the superior Cathay Pacific and Qantas lounges, as well as the inferior American Airlines lounge, remain closed.
Got a Priority Pass? The No1 Lounge is open, which we reviewed here. Club Aspire remains closed.
Got an American Express Platinum card? The brand new, and very impressive, American Express Centurion Lounge is now open, as we reviewed here – photo above. The Plaza Premium arrivals lounge, which can be accessed with Amex Platinum, remains closed.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
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.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.