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Qantas and Emirates re-open their UK airport lounges

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There is good news for anyone flying with British Airways out of Heathrow Terminal 3 in the near future.

Qantas has re-opened its Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge. This is an excellent facility and well worth a visit. Unfortunately, we haven’t done a proper review since the opening party. This clearly wasn’t typical (I doubt the Qantas CEO will be pouring your drinks if you go) but it left us in no doubt that this is far superior to the British Airways and American Airlines lounges. Our initial review of the Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow is here.

As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can access this lounge with a British Airways Gold or Silver card, or if you are flying British Airways in Business Class or First Class. There is no need to be flying with Qantas.

Qantas Lounge Heathrow bar

Of course, if you have an American Express Platinum card, you can also try the brand new American Express Centurion Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 which we reviewed here.

The opening hours are currently 6am to 4pm. Whilst Qantas flights are limited, the airline has a joint venture with Emirates and the opening hours seem to be designed to fit around their schedule.

You can find out more about the Qantas London Lounge on the Qantas website here.

Emirates lounges are opening too

Emirates has announced the phased re-opening of additional UK lounges to coincide with the relaunch of flights from London Gatwick yesterday.

Emirates lounges at Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport will open this month. The lounges in Glasgow and London Gatwick will open in January.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (December 2023)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK credit 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.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. 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.

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

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £24.  You get four 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.

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.

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

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £24 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full 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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