Times are hard, but are they this hard? Or is actually a smart move? British Airways has signed up some of its airport lounges in the United States with the Priority Pass lounge card programme.
Some of the flagships, such as New York JFK and Boston, are excluded.
Four lounges are now in the programme, however.
As of today, you can enter the following British Airways lounges with a Priority Pass:
- San Francisco (International Terminal A)
- Seattle (South Satellite)
- Washington Dulles (Concourse B)
- New York Newark (Terminal B)
Newark may not be ‘new’ (it’s not listed as a ‘new’ lounge) but the other three only joined Priority Pass today.
It’s not as bad as you think
The good news, if you’re worried about overcrowding, is that this is not actually a big negative for BA premium passengers.
Priority Pass holders will only have access to these lounges at restricted hours.
- San Francisco – 5am to 11.30am
- Seattle – 5am to 10am
- Washington Dulles (reviewed here) – 6am to 2pm
- New York Newark – 8am to 2pm
These should not clash with a wave of British Airways departures. What BA is doing is cashing in on its real estate at times of the day when it doesn’t have many, if any, passengers of its own to look after.
This isn’t even a ‘BA thing’. Virgin Atlantic struck a similar deal a few years ago, and other major European airlines have also joined Priority Pass in recent years. When the bulk of your flights are in the evening, it is a shame not to monetise your assets for the rest of the day.
You can check the details by searching for the lounges on the Priority Pass website here.
As a reminder, you can buy a Priority Pass directly here. You also get two (soon to be four) free visits each year with an Amex Gold card and unlimited free visits, for up to four people at a time, if you get your via an American Express Platinum card.
PS. The British Airways lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol is also in Priority Pass. However, there is some doubt as to whether this lounge will ever reopen. It is worth noting that, when the Singapore lounge reopened recently, BA’s publicity said that ‘all’ BA lounges were now open again. This implies that Amsterdam may not return, and will join Manchester and Newcastle as victims of the pandemic.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.