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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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.
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.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.