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The excellent Cathay Pacific lounges in Heathrow Terminal 3 are open

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If you have British Airways or oneworld status, especially if you have a British Airways Gold card, you will be pleased to hear that the Cathay Pacific lounges in Heathrow Terminal 3 have reopened.

There are two lounges – a business class and a First Class lounge. The First Class lounge includes a formal restaurant, which is free.

Here is Anika’s review of the Cathay Pacific Heathrow lounges from the opening party in 2016. I have been on a few occasions since but never written it up. We will send Rhys down to check them out ….

Cathay Pacific Heathrow lounge

The opening hours are 5.30am to 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 7.30am to 5.30pm on Sunday.

You can find out more on the Cathay Pacific website here. For clarity, if you have access to the BA lounges via your ticket or your status, you also have access here. British Airways Gold cards can access the First Class lounge.

Don’t forget that the Qantas Lounge has also reopened in Terminal 3, and you have the brand new American Express Centurion lounge (review) for Amex Platinum cardholders.

Oh, and the British Airways lounges are open, but it’s hard to see why you would visit those …..

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

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

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two 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 30,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients 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 £20 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.

Comments (90)

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  • tazzy says:

    I’m travelling on a club Europe flight from T3 tomorrow. Can I use the Cathay lounge?

  • John says:

    CX is banned from flying London to Hong Kong until 21 January.

    So they’re obviously just opening the lounge to make money from BA and other OW airlines, which raises the question of why they didn’t open earlier.

    Since the airline part of CX has a reasonable chance of not surviving covid, maybe they should just become a lounge operator.

    I was told that the internal industry payment to enter the CX J lounge is US$60, but people pay £25+ for crap like No1 and Aspire, so they could get away with charging a bit more (for reference you can pay $96 to enter Al Mourjan)

    • Andrew J says:

      Isn’t the CX lounge operated by Plaza Premium though? I would expect that the front desk staff who used to be from CX will now be PP staff as I wouldn’t imagine CX will want to hire back staff at LHR just for this purpose.

      • John says:

        Yes but PP just does what they can with the money they are paid. Compare the CX lounges in HKG with the PP branded lounges in HK.

    • rich says:

      Or as a soft launch to get things back up to speed and to iron out the wrinkles before their own customers arrive?

      • John says:

        Transit through HKG will be banned for the foreseeable future except from (but not to) mainland China.

        Nobody flying to HK really cares about a lounge as they have a few days in jail to look forward to followed by another 2.5 weeks in hotel quarantine, which is hard enough to book in the first place, and given the paucity of flights, if you really need to go you will take what you can get

        • The Streets says:

          Haha I am definitely the exception to this… I flew to HKG in December and had hoped to have visited a lounge in T3 for the last bit of pleasure but all shut except for one which closed at 9pm… which didn’t bode well for a delayed 11pm Virgin flight :l

        • Sam says:

          @John very sensible comment, I have almost forgotten to remember there is no Cathay Pacific flight. Can someone report whether first class dining is open, I really doubt it’s the case.

    • Nick says:

      I won’t say the true figure but it’s more than John’s estimate.

      And I know no one will believe it on here, but pre-covid BA was cost-neutral in T3 – they took as much from other airlines in fees as they paid out themselves. The reach of HFP (and FT) is nowhere near as big as some think.

      • Andrew J says:

        Yes it always astounded me that people were sat in the BA F Lounge when I ran in to grab a copy of Business Traveller magazine – if only they knew they didn’t have to sit in there eating that slop but could enjoy the a la carte dining room in the CX lounge.

      • John says:

        It’s not an estimate, an airline employee I met at an event told me (and their figure was $80 for the F side). They might have been talking rubbish, or you might be.

  • Dominic says:

    Can BAcGold take a guest on sane ticket to Cathal First?

  • meta says:

    Hong Kong has banned 150 countries from transiting. Cathay Pacific will soon have no passengers/flights apart from Mainland China or those that really need to go. Not sure how long Cathay can survive at this rate.

    • The Streets says:

      I get the feeling they’re prepared to let CX run down and then have Air China as the new dominant airline in HKG

      • JDB says:

        They have backed Greater Bay Airlines to make this look better.

      • Will says:

        I agree, it’s a great pity what has happened in HK.

        I’m sure I’m not the only one who won’t be visiting any part of the China while Xi or any of his fellow “philanthropists” are in charge.

  • Greenpen says:

    I prefer the BA GF lounge to either CX or QF. However, if you cannot access GF then they are both streets ahead of GC.

    I know lounge preferences is subjective so arrive early and try them all!

    • meta says:

      You’re joking right? BA lounge in Terminal 3 is a disgrace.

      • Rob says:

        Last time I was there, admittedly 4-5 years ago, the F side was EXCEPTIONALLY unappealing.

        However, Mr Jones is now diarised to get to the bottom of this important question once and for all ….

    • Andrew J says:

      GF really is no better than GC except it has fewer people and the F&B is a bit better. It’s still a soulless place, which shows its age in terms of design and the toilets are worse than those in the main departures area.

  • Andrew J says:

    The toilets alone are worth visiting the CX lounge for – a world apart from the NHS style ones in the laughably bad BA lounges.

    • Michael C says:

      They are definitely Asian hotel-level toilets: even my mum would approve.

      • Mike says:

        Perhaps you could trademark “approved by Michael’s Mum” – high praise indeed and for one it would attract me to a product/ service

  • John says:

    The reason why you would visit the BA lounge is to get full size pastries for breakfast. Breakfast offering in the CX lounge was always pretty poor in my view.

    My routine was always to fill up in the BA (or QF) lounge then relax in CX, preferably in one of those nice seats facing the window.

    • Andrew J says:

      I always found the a la carte dining to be excellent and have a good range of options – the fish and chips was always a favourite of mine. Although the BA burger is decent too. The BA lounge was always good to pick up magazines to go; Qantas good for coffee and cocktails; and meal time with decent champagne in CX. Oh and AA for the pic n mix to go.

  • Andrew S says:

    Re: Radfison.
    I recently had two bookings at Canary Wharf cancelled due to ‘whole hotel block booked’
    Impossible to book anything there at present.
    I did ask why and was told it’s ‘confidential’
    Does anyone know the reasons why it’s not currently available?

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