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Do you get BA lounge access flying codeshares on Vueling, Aer Lingus, Loganair or airBaltic?

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Do you get British Airways lounge access on codeshare flights, such as with Vueling, Aer Lingus, Loganair or airBaltic?

British Airways lounge access policies are, on the face of it, straightforward.  You get access if you are flying in Business or First Class or have a Silver or Gold card or equivalent oneworld status.

The devil is in the detail ….

British Airways codeshare lounge access

Can you get lounge access in Edinburgh if flying economy to connect to a Club World flight?  Does it make a difference if the Club World flight is tomorrow and not the same day?  Do you get lounge access at Heathrow on the way to Edinburgh in economy if you just came off a Club World long haul?  How about if you came off a Finnair Business Class short haul?

(I’m not going to answer these questions, but I might do a separate article!)

Today I wanted to look at whether you are allowed access to British Airways lounges if you are flying on a BA non-oneworld partner?  This means an airline with whom BA has a codeshare relationship, such as – from the UK – Vueling, Loganair, Aer Lingus or airBaltic.

This is a situation which comes up frequently now that British Airways has moved to Gatwick South. Vueling, Aer Lingus and airBaltic also use that terminal and British Airways has its impressive lounge complex (click for our review) which is well worth a visit.

Note that if you are flying Vueling from Heathrow, you will be in Terminal 2 where British Airways does not have a lounge.  You can stop reading now ….

Getting lounge access on British Airways codeshare flights

Imagine ….

you book an economy flight on

…. with a British Airways flight number …..

…. but which in the small print says ‘operated by Vueling / airBaltic / Loganair / Aer Lingus’

…… should you get lounge access, assuming you have British Airways elite status and are departing from an airport where BA has a lounge?

Logically, you would think you should.  In practice, it is complicated.

Air Baltic

For reasons no-one really knows, these are the rules.  Even some lounge agents don’t understand them.

A British Airways Gold cardholder DOES get BA lounge access when flying Vueling, airBaltic, Loganair or Aer Lingus, when the flight has a BA flight number and was ticketed by British Airways.  I believe that you can bring a guest if they are travelling on the same flight, except ….

A British Airways Gold cardholder does NOT get lounge access when flying Vueling, airBaltic, Loganair or Aer Lingus if the lounge is not directly operated by British Airways.  Remember that British Airways has no other lounges in England outside of London.  In Scotland you have the lounges at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

A British Airways Gold cardholder does NOT get BA lounge access when flying Vueling, airBaltic, Lognair or Aer Lingus if the flight does not have a BA flight number or was not ticketed by British Airways

A British Airways Silver cardholder does NOT get BA lounge access when flying Vueling, airBaltic, Loganair or Aer Lingus, even when the flight has a BA flight number and was ticketed by British Airways

Bottom line – forget lounge access on a British Airways codeshare flight if you are not a British Airways Gold card holder.  If you are a BA Gold, be careful where you book your ticket and whether a BA flight number (eg BA1234) is shown on your booking.

British Airways lounge access on an Aer Lingus flight

Flying Aer Lingus from Heathrow Terminal 2

There is an extra quirk to this if you are flying Aer Lingus from Heathrow.  As Aer Lingus is based in Terminal 2, there is not a British Airways lounge you can use.

Aer Lingus DOES have a very pleasant lounge of its own, however, as I reviewed here.

The rule is that British Airways Silver or Gold cardholders can use the Aer Lingus lounge at Heathrow when flying to Ireland.

Your ticket does NOT need to be issued by British Airways and it does NOT need to be a BA codeshare.  If you have BA status, even a super-cheap ticket booked on will do the job.

This does NOT include the Belfast route since this is Northern Ireland and not Ireland.

Flying from Ireland to the UK?

It gets even more complex.  Inbound, this deal only applies to flights to London.

If you fly from Dublin to, say, Manchester you will not get Aer Lingus lounge access in Dublin with a British Airways Gold or Silver card.

Yes …. complicated, I know!


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Comments (85)

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  • Richard Gordon says:

    The reality is that the same flight we booked to Spain via Vueling was significantly more expensive booked via BA as a codeshare. Therefore we would be paying for lounge access and avios TP I suspect. So on this one flight we decided just to fly on a Vueling ticket.

  • Alex W says:

    Unless rules have changed or weren’t followed, I have had a few exceptions to the rules as listed in the article.

    – A few weeks ago I got into the Aberdeen lounge on my silver card, flying on Loganair.

    – Mrs W (silver) got lounge access when flying on Vueling.

    – I got into the Aer Lingus Dublin lounge, I think it was DUB to LHR on BA. But I could not bring a guest as they said you had to be Gold to bring a guest. The lounge was rubbish anyway.

  • John says:

    Does anybody know if Aer Lingus Silver get fast track security at LHR T2 when travelling in economy on an Avios redemption ticket? (In my experience these are usually ticketed as 125- and baggage allowances etc are not properly encoded if you do online checkin)

  • Chris S says:

    For those wondering if you can bring a guest as a Silver card holder in DUB when flying BA, operated by EI – you cannot.

    I had the pleasure of being denied entry on my other half’s silver card. Fortunately she didn’t go in without me!

  • Paul Winter says:

    My partner and I just flew from LGW to Barcelona. We are both Silver and had BA issued tickets, flying on a Vueling operated flight. We were both allowed into the BA lounge on a simple scan of our Vueling boarding cards.

    I had previously asked LGW lounge staff about this (on a previous visit). I was told categorically, that if I had a BA issued ticket I could use the lounge.

    I fly back from Barcelona to LGW today, so will see if it works in reverse!

    • Paul Winter says:

      And the answer is ‘no it didn’t’. We could not enter the lounge on our BA Silver cards. It was explained that this is possible at LGW as BA owns the lounge but at Barcelona the lounge is independent and there is no agreement for access.

      However we did get in with our Priority Pass cards so all happy here.

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