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American Airlines reopens its arrivals lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3

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The American Airlines arrivals lounge at Heathrow reopened on Tuesday.

This is good news for anyone flying in from the US on an AA service. British Airways and Cathay Pacific passengers will also be able to use the lounge when long-haul services into Terminal 3 resume.

American Airlines arrivals lounge Heathrow

This is one of the very few lounges at Heathrow that I have never been in, so I can’t tell you anything interesting about it. According to the AA website, facilities include showers, valet ironing (!), a business centre, a bar, a buffet and a la carte dining.

The opening hours are 6.30am to 2pm. You will find the lounge on Level 2 once you exit the customs area, which involves taking the lift or stairs up.

To use the lounge, you need to have flown into Heathrow on American in First or Business Class or have British Airways Gold status or equivalent. BA Silver cardholders do not get access if they are not flying in First or Business.

Equivalent rules will apply to British Airways and Cathay Pacific passengers when they resume long-haul flights to Terminal 3.


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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 (31)

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  • yorkieflyer says:

    I wonder when the Plaza Premium LHR T2 arrivals lounge is reopening?

  • yorkieflyer says:

    I think this properly belongs in Bits as it nicely follows on from the sale of BA crockery…https://news.sky.com/story/platinum-jubbly-the-queens-70-year-reign-gets-an-only-fools-and-horses-twist-12530600

  • Nick says:

    Another vote for the AA arrivals lounge here. The food options included healthy (and millennial friendly) options, unlike BA’s, and the Bloody Mary Menu was spectacular. Hopefully both of those return now it’s reopened.

  • Paul M says:

    Can you use the arrivals lounge even if you are meant to connect through LHR? I have a multi sector flight where I’ll be leaving the airport at LHR but the ticket goes onwards to CDG. Will the lounge dragons know I’m meant to be on a connecting flight when they scan my inbound LHR boarding pass?

    • Rob says:

      You can do, but as you would have to reclear security you may not want to bother. If you want a shower, the Cathay lounge in Terminal 3 is a lot smarter.

  • ScienceTeacher says:

    Appreciate it is niche but I flew HKG – LHR on CX J on Monday

  • Sam says:

    You can tell AA certainly has the ability to update their lounges when there’s a big contrast between the relatively new arrivals lounge and the 80s departure lounges.

    This will leave Cathay the only destination that’s still offering arrivals lounge access, following the closure of Hong Kong arrivals and Frankfurt lounges.

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