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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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  • 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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