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Exclusive pictures of the new Qatar Airways lounge at Heathrow

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For anyone wondering if Qatar Airways will be moving back to Heathrow Terminal 4 when it re-opens in the Summer, I have some evidence that it might.

I have got hold of two photographs of the newly refurbished – and I believe expanded – Qatar Airways Premium Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4. It wasn’t clear if work on this project had continued over the pandemic or not.

See here:

New Qatar Airways lounge Heathrow Terminal 4

and here:

New Qatar Airways lounge Heathrow Terminal 4

Note the British Airways aircraft parked up at Terminal 4 for some reason!

This was always the classiest business class lounge at Heathrow. I would put it neck and neck with the Cathay Pacific First Class lounge for the title of classiest Heathrow lounge, full stop.

The lounge is looking good, and I look forward to checking it out once Terminal 4 is open.

Our most recent review of the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Heathrow is here.


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 (17)

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  • Andrew J says:

    It’s worth remembering that the QR Premium Lounge isn’t actually a business class lounge – it’s a hybrid lounge for some business class tickets and first class tickets. It’s not accessible for basic business class tickets or for status passengers who’s ticket type doesn’t facilitate access.

    • BJ says:

      It was a great lounge and food was good but the staff were so annoying when the lounge was quiet. They watched your every move and always seemed to be looking over your shoulder. I know they were just being attentive but it was way too much.

      • Lady London says:

        This is also why I will never consider a hotel 5-star either if staff do this. It annoys the h*** out of me. Like silly hotels that go into your room unasked and do daft stuff like putting rose petals on the bedcovering or chocolates on the pillow. If I’m aware a hotel may be doing this, I put a stop to it.

        True good service is never seen until you knew you wanted it but then it appears.

        • BJ says:

          They can keep the roses but I’ll be happy to receive chocolates or a fruit platter anytime they want 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Did ‘basic business’ exist when covid hit? Status pax do get sent upstairs to Plaza Premium.

  • The Jetset Boyz says:

    “Note the British Airways aircraft parked up at Terminal 4 for some reason!”

    At the height of the pandemic BA parked several of their planes at T4.

  • SamG says:

    I believe Iberia Express will be from Gatwick, Heathrow being “mainline”

    • elguiri says:

      Thanks for pointing out, you are indeed correct. I was just checking if I need to cancel my RFS with 241 for this, but Gatwick is a lot more hassle for me, so won’t bother.

  • JoR says:

    Iberia website not applying the discount even though they show it at the first step. Is anyone surprised?

    • Sven says:

      I got the same, no surprise, I live in Spain and I’m getting used to this sort of thing. There are six mileage + fees options available, just not the one offered at 4,900. Anyway, it looks as if fees will be £30 for a flight that you can currently buy for £39, so not very good value for your 4,900 avios anyway!

      • Gavin454 says:

        Yes, I’ve never seen good value in Avios flights to Spain whenever I’ve looked. Cash fares are usually disproportionally cheap for the distance compared to most other places in Europe.

  • Peter says:

    I was actually really disappointed with Qatar to HKT last week, they changed the 777 and A350 with Q-Suite to A380 and A330. The A380 was okay but nothing compared to business class with Emirates or Etihad in their A380. The A330 business class was horrible, especially for an 8-hour flight, with 6 seats per row it was very cramped. Service was slow, took over 2 hours to finish meal service on the A330. Food quality on Emirates and Ethiad were also much better. I should have cancelled when they changed it to an A330.

  • Dev says:

    Will be interesting to see if the Qatar lounge is revamped or expanded. The Martini Bar was a good central focal point and you cannot see if from the pictures posted above…

  • john says:

    Liked the Qatar lounge when we flew with Malaysia Airlines in business. FAR superior then their lounge at LHR!

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