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News in brief:

The excellent Cathay Pacific lounges in Heathrow Terminal 3 are open

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 ….

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 …..

Cathay Pacific Heathrow lounge

Save 15% on all Radisson Hotels redemptions this week

Radisson Rewards has launched a one week flash sale, running to 18th January.

It’s a simple deal – ALL redemptions for the brands listed below are reduced by 15%, as long as you stay by 31st December 2022.

Participating hotels are all Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson hotels in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Even better, there is a parallel offer of a 25% bonus when you buy Radisson Rewards points. If you have a Radisson hotel booked for cash, you may want to look at rebooking it as a reward – even if you need to buy the points.

Remember that American Express Membership Rewards transfers to Radisson Rewards are at the generous rate of 1:3. However, the last Radisson transfer I did from Amex took seven days to complete which would have been a disaster if this offer was running at that point.

You can see the ‘points per category’ pricing with the 15% discount on the Radisson website here.

Comments (90)

  • PAL says:

    Good news this. Is BA 97 the only way of linking up with other passengers who have lounge access (BA gold) , will have 2 people with me a few times this year.

  • TicknBash says:

    I think it’s timely just when Chinese people returning to Hong Kong / China for Chinese New Year on 1st Feb – after allowing quarantine period.

    • Sam says:

      There is still a flight ban in place and we are not sure whether the ban will extend through the Chinese holiday period (very likely).

      • Rhys says:

        China is making it virtually impossible even for Chinese citizens to return. I have a friend who was supposed to go back this month. Flights got cancelled, the rules are he can only go back on a 1-stop itinerary but there are virtually 0 1-stop flights currently operating!

        It is clear the CCP has no interest in opening its borders more widely in the near term, and consequently, I doubt HK will either. 2023 is the current date for broader reopening.

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