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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 (May 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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

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 – 20,000 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 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

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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  • conspicuous-capybara says:

    Excellent news – hope BA will move their formerly-T3-long-haul flights back soon.

    • Mike says:

      I hope they don’t move them back, for me that means flying into T5 on a domestic flight and instead of just going to a lounge, it’s get on a bus, go to T3 then through security to get into departures. I’d rather all of BA’s flights go from one place.

      • John says:

        I’d rather have all terminals connected airside and no security if one has passed through security in “trusted” countries.

        • Will says:

          Why is this such a difficult concept for some airports to grasp?

          • TGLoyalty says:

            I doubt its the concept the airports can’t grasp but rather the logistics especially once its built.

  • NorthernLass says:

    I am going to Prague over Easter and the booking states the flight departs from T3 – is this now the case? I know everything was leaving from T5 at one point. It would be lovely to be able to visit the CX lounge again!

    • meta says:

      Yes, some short-haul flights now leave from T3. Currently in T3 and have another flight from T3 in February. I hope all my short-haul flights leave from T3 from now on. The lounges are miles better and it’s really hard to decide where to go.

    • Geoff 1977 says:

      If your book states the flight is going from T3 then it’s probably a safe bet that it’s leaving from T3

      • Geoff 1977 says:

        *booking obvs

      • NorthernLass says:

        Yes but it’s BA and there’s still 3 months to go. I’m not even counting on it leaving from LHR, let alone a particular terminal!

        • Geoff 1977 says:

          Fair enough but I’m not sure anyone here will know better than what your booking says or has a crystal ball that can predict where a specific flight will depart from in the months time

    • indiacpapa says:

      Prague leaves from T3 – it always used to pre-Covid, not sure why (same as Las Vegas). I flew there on 28/12 out of T3 and got to enjoy the Centurion lounge briefly (excellent – although closed at 6pm so I missed the food but squeezed in a couple of very good cocktails!) and the Galleries lounge (poor). Normally they depart from the very nearby gates (5 min walk) and a very short taxi if on westerly departure.

  • YC says:

    Are there any Amex transfer issues with radisson? And any recent transfer speed DP?

  • Dan says:

    Is there an up to date list of BA destinations being served through T3?

  • S says:

    Which T3 lounge has the best area for working on a laptop? I vaguely recall the CX J part has some booths but not the F section? Might be entirely mistaken.

    • meta says:

      Amex Centurion has excellent working areas and also phone booths. The only problem is maximum stay is 3hr before the flight.

  • shilly says:

    Hi I have just changed one of my bookings to the new rate to save points but when I cancelled my original booking the points have yet to reappear in my account, how long does this take as I thought all booking made with points were refundable. The booking is not until April.

    • meta says:

      You need to call Radisson CS, otherwise they’ll never reappear. They are refundable, but some accounts have an issue when the split took place last year so the points are never returned. Took me 5-10 min on the phone to sort it out yesterday, but when I cancelled my Maldives stay last year, I had to wait for nearly two weeks.

    • Frenske says:

      Last time I cancelled reward night, the points were returned automatically. Can’t remember how long it takes. A couple of days I would think.

  • Sunguy says:

    ****BACON ROLLS****

    The only reason to visit the BA lounge in T3…..

    • Andrew J says:

      If you want one piece of bacon in an doughy lump of white bread.

      • Rob says:

        I am one of those people who finds the BA bacon rolls bizarrely addictive. I accept that there is no logical reason for this.

        • NorthernLass says:

          I agree, especially when washed down with champagne. The saltiness goes so well! Ditto smoked salmon and ready salted crisps (also on a bread roll, together if you like) 🤣

      • NorthernLass says:

        Andrew – you know you can take the bacon from other rolls and have a many pieces as you want, right? Also bacon and omelette . With champagne, obviously. Wait – have they brought the champagne back now?!

        • Andrew says:

          It’s true, and I have done that in the grim old days when I only had access to GC lounges, thankfully GF is as basic as I have to get these days and the bacon and the rolls are separated for you to construct your own at your chosen ratio.

  • John says:

    Does anybody have a ~current list of BA departures from T3?

    • Rob says:

      We did an article late last year when it reopened. You could also use or the Heathrow site to pull up a list of departures today from T3.

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