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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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  • meta says:

    In CX lounge right now. It’s like old times. Dim sums & champagne although they only have rosé at the moment.

  • meta says:

    Not sure if mentioned before here, but it seems Etihad passengers can now access Qantas lounge instead of No1. Yes, Etihad.

    • Andrew J says:

      Etihad and Emirates passengers sitting side-by-side then!

    • Ryan Gill says:

      When I travelled with Etihad on Boxing day, No 1 lounge asked me to go to Quantas lounge as they were full. I showed my ticket at what I thought was the Q lounge, but everything was branded BA. I think I ended up in Gallery’s.

      • John says:

        Hard to miss the Qantas lounge entrance… if you want the BA lounge you need to go looking specifically for it

  • Sam G says:

    A bit curious as to why they’ve reopened – no CX flights at all currently operating out of London! I just looked at the T3 timetable for my upcoming flight and there is only a handful of OW departures that morning. But absolutely no complaints from me – looking forward to a visit in a couple of weeks!

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    9000ish RR points saved by a rebook. Every little helps 🙂

  • Simon says:

    Has anyone heard whether the AA-T3 arrivals lounge will ever open again?

    • Nick says:

      Ever? Yes. Soon? No.

      T3 Arrivals will open at the same time as the remaining US Flagship lounges if you want to keep an eye on those. Currently they’re at 2/5 open.

  • Frenske says:

    Excellent timing regarding Radisson Rewards. Offer saved me 25.500 points.

  • TW says:

    If I’m flying AA business class, booked through BA. Would that allow access to the Cathay lounge?

  • James Harper says:

    T3 now has its two great choices back – Cathay and Qantas lounges and added to by the Centurion lounge. So glad I’m flying so much with Finnair at the moment.

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