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Which British Airways lounges have pre-flight dining?

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British Airways has been offering pseudo-table service at many of its lounges since covid forced it to roll out QR-code ordering, but this had long been preceded by something it calls ‘pre-flight dining’.

Available at a handful of British Airways lounges worldwide, pre-flight dining offers an upgraded lounge dining concept with table service.

BA Lounge Johannesburg Concorde dining room 2

What is British Airways pre-flight dining?

Pre-flight dining is a concept British Airways offers in several of its lounges but predominantly in the United States.

The majority of flights from the US to the UK are overnight red-eye affairs, and with the tailwind of the jet stream virtually all flights are shorter than their outbound counterparts. Even West Coast flights, such as those from San Francisco, have a flight time around 9 hours – on average, 90 minutes less than on the way out. When you consider taxi, takeoff and landing, your time between when the seatbelt signs turn off and when they come back on again is reduced to eight hours or so.

On East Coast flights the effect is even worse, with actual flight time hovering around the six-hour mark.

All that means is that for a lot of people – and particularly for business travellers – getting a good night’s sleep is more important than dining on board.

With that in mind, British Airways offers pre-flight dining. This is a restaurant-style table service at key lounges where you can eat before you step on your flight. You can go straight to sleep as soon as the seatbelt sign is off, and wake up refreshed in London the following morning.

What’s on the menu with British Airways pre-flight dining?

Last time I was in the Washington Dulles First Dining Room I had scallops (see below).

British Airways periodically changes the menu in its dining rooms, and in many cases it will also vary by location. Here is an example menu from the US lounges, provided by BA:

Starters:

  • Heirloom tomato gazpacho (choice to add crabmeat)
  • Tuna poke

Salad

  • Summer vegetable salad – heirloom tomatoes, charred asparagus, cucumber, mozzarella, balsamic vinaigrette with toasted sourdough

Main course

  • Chicken paillard, Satur Farms rocket, roasted tomatoes, shaved fennel, lemon vinaigrette
  • Prawn Masala curry, basmati rice, naan bread and coriander chutney
  • Tagliatelle pasta, choice of lamb bolognaise or vegetarian bolognaise
  • British Airways burger – angus beef short rib blend, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, pickle, choice of cheddar, blue cheese, American cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onions

Dessert

  • Fig almond tart, vanilla gelato
  • Lemon posset, shortbread cookie, candied lemon, mint
  • Selection of ice cream and sorbets
  • Selection of cheese
British Airways lounge Washington Dulles scallops

Where does British Airways offer pre-flight dining?

There are currently seven airports where pre-flight dining is available:

Boston Logan International Airport

Concorde Dining is available for First Class passengers in the British Airways lounge in Terminal E, opposite gate E11. Pre-flight dining is open from 4pm.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Concorde Dining is available for First Class passengers in the British Airways lounge in Terminal 5, near gates M11 & M12.

Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport

First Dining is available for First Class passengers in the British Airways lounge in the International Departures Terminal, on the mezzanine level.

Newark Liberty International Airport (New York)

First Dining is available for First Class passengers in the British Airways lounge in Terminal B, near gates B50-B58.

New York JFK International Airport

JFK currently has three dining rooms.

The Concorde Dining Room is for First Class passengers only, whilst First Dining is available for anyone with BA Gold or oneworld Emerald status. Both are in Terminal 7, after security.

There is a third dining room for Club passengers available to anyone flying in Club World.

San Francisco International Airport

First Dining is available for First Class passengers in the British Airways lounge in Concourse A of the International Terminal.

Washington Dulles International Airport

First Dining is available for First Class passengers in the British Airways lounge in Concourse B, after security. Dining is available from 4pm. Our review is here.

Can I use pre-flight dining if I’m a BA Executive Club Gold or Silver member?

Last year, British Airways made some sweeping changes to the access rules for its pre-flight dining facilities.

The change means that all Executive Club Silver and Gold members can use the pre-flight dining facility at North American lounges.

Historically, pre-flight dining required you to hold a ticket for Club World or First. Anyone who was flying in World Traveller or World Traveller Plus, and who was in the lounge on the back of their Executive Club status or because they had been guested in, did not qualify.

This has now changed. Anyone with access to a lounge with pre-flight dining, which includes New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Washington, will be allowed to eat in the restaurant. Unfortunately, Johannesburg is not included – you still need to be flying in First to qualify.


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Comments (57)

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  • Dave says:

    Did anyone else find the lounge list confusing? It looks like dining is only available for First passengers but the status bit at the end hints it might be available for Club World too.

    • Reney says:

      +1

    • Lottie says:

      Yes, I was confused by that too. Is it just for first or also Club world?

    • astra19 says:

      Yes I’m a bit confused. In March in EWR there was separate dining for First, I was handed a little card to show the hostess. There were some tables for everybody but it wasn’t the same menu.

    • Rhys says:

      Sorry, miscommunication on our part. I was waiting for confirmation on all the Club dining options from BA but the article looked finished so I think Rob slotted it in anyway!

      • Rob says:

        Apologies. Whilst I think most of you believe the HfP running order is random there is some logic to it. I decided late yesterday that we needed a BA story to offet the Mastercard (repeat article), One Hundred Shoreditch (good article but no loyalty angle) and the Radisson promo (not a key chain for most people). This article was sitting in the system and I thought it was fully finished. We’ll tidy it up next week to people can still refer back to it.

        • Andrew says:

          A rare surprisingly sloppy article, but fair enough. A lot left to be explained:

          Essentially there’s 4 classes of PFD:
          1. business lounge (e.g. JFK) and 2. first lounge (e.g. YYZ) pre-flight dining now largely available to all Silver/Gold respectively, 3. a First pax-only segregated area/Concorde Bar/Dining level with no CCR/GGL access due to capacity at smaller outstations, and the CCR at LHR/JFK which CCR/GGL can access.

          Whilst I’m sure the menu supplied by BA is available to even economy passengers in the smallest business lounge so as not disappoints it’s customers, it might be worth clarifying if that’s a First passenger only offering in a Concorde Dining room on a premium route 😉

          On the note of YYZ the reality of the private first dining room and waiter service experience was quite underwhelming. You are effectively waiting 10-15 minutes for them to plate up the exact same food from the business lounge buffet next door and bring it around the corner, save for a premium F-only mediocre champagne over the Prosecco otherwise available.

          • Rob says:

            As we said, it turns out that Rhys hadn’t finished it but I thought he had (he’s in New York with Norse, not seen him for a couple of weeks!). We will update when the Club info is added.

          • Rhys says:

            You’re underestimating how difficult this was to pull together. Even BA doesn’t seem to have know 100% what their offering is and where!

            A lot of it is based on forum posts, old reviews etc. A lot has changed with covid!

  • Jimbo says:

    Unless I’ve got dementia or imagined by my meals in the Philadelphia airport I’m pretty sure Philadelphia offers pre-flights dining.

    • Genius1 says:

      Yes, PHL has First Dining (at least it did pre-pandemic).

    • ClaireF says:

      We are travelling back via philadelphia in a couple of weeks business class that’s good to know. Was the meal selection similar?

  • Genius1 says:

    With the exception of JFK, I don’t think any are current offering a differentiated menu. All Concorde Dining (except JFK in the Concorde Room) was rebranded as First Dining pre-pandemic, and is only open to First passengers – not those with status.

  • Ian says:

    Would always opt for AA dining over BA dining in the USA any day of the week.

  • DaveP says:

    Does this include a guest being able to have pre-flight dining with Gold/Silver status passengers too?

  • G says:

    Any article explaining Qatar’s lounge policy in Doha would be welcome.

    Particularly regarding which are revenue fares on Qatar only vs emerald/sapphire (BAEC gold silver) access.

  • Magic Mike says:

    I couldn’t find the pre-flight dining recently at IAD despite a reasonably extensive search of the lounge, does anyone know where it is?

    • Rhys says:

      As I remember the F dining room is sort of in the middle. Wasn’t difficult to locate!

    • Genius1 says:

      It’s immediately to the right of reception, before the VIP room.

      • Magic Mike says:

        Thanks both, I was clearly blind, I will look again next time I’m going through…

  • barnaby100 says:

    I am gold and arrived in AA 1st on a BA ticketed flight last week connecting on to SAT. The computer said no to accessing the 1st dining at DFW. The desk attendant over rode it but was very clear that it was linked to being in 1st and not being gold and so I am surprised that status allows access to dining as stated in the article. They had to copy by boarding pass and call a manager.

    There had been no choice on entree on the plane and as I am not a pasta fan I was rather hungry on arrival (I couldn’t pre-order through AA, although I did try). I had LPGS and pork- very decent. I was the only person in the dining area.

    I am back there tomorrow for a 6 hour layover . The 1st dining is a room off the main lounge at DFW. The wifi didnt work well in the dining area and so I moved to the main lounge on finishing dining.

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