Review: the new Extime (British Airways) lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2B
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This is our review of the new Extime lounge in Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2B.
Extime is a new hospitality brand created by Aeroports de Paris that extends from lounges to duty free shopping as well as brand new gate areas. It’s part of a big renovation and improvement project happening at Charles de Gaulle which we reviewed here.
The Extime lounge in Terminal 2B is one of the first Extime lounges to open. At the moment, there’s another one in Terminal 1, with more to follow. British Airways uses Terminal 2B so you may find yourself in here sooner rather than later.
The good news, as you will see, is that the Extime refurbishment has been very impressive and the lounge is of a very high standard. The bad news is that, unless you have access with a particular airline, you’ll be paying €110 for the pleasure!
Where is the Extime lounge Terminal 2B?
The lounge is located very centrally, just at the back of the main duty free / shopping area. It is well sign-posted and shouldn’t take more than a minute to get to.
It is on the first floor, so you need to take the lifts.
Inside the Extime lounge at Paris CdG Terminal 2B
Once you’ve scanned your boarding pass and verified your eligibility you move through a series of rooms as you head deeper into the lounge.
First up is a short corridor in a beige colour scheme with some beautiful botanical-inspired artwork on the walls:
The decor immediately struck me as particularly Asian-inspired, and reminded me a bit of a Plaza Premium lounge.
The first room you’ll find is a fairly dark living-room style area, although it feels darker than the rest thanks to a mesh curtain by the window:
After this you have the main lounge area with the buffet:
This feels a lot more open, although there are also more private seats by the window. Cloches with (fake) orchids add a bit of colour to the space and simply deepen the Asian connection:
Finally, you have another equally sized space to the main area separated by a semi-open wall. This space feels a bit quieter and more focussed:
There are sockets virtually everywhere including mains, USB-A and USB-C.
Food and drink in the Extime lounge
The food and drink offering is probably the weakest part of the lounge. It’s in a little square buffet zone:
Whilst you do get self-pour champagne, wine and spirits:
The food selection is less impressive, with a number of average-looking hot items. These included baby potaties, julienne vegetables, chicken pot, rice etc:
Plus a basic selection of salads and cold cuts. It’ll tide you over but it’s nothing special, although as this terminal was originally meant for short-haul flights this isn’t a huge surprise.
There is also a special kosher section for when El Al flights operate.
I didn’t have time to try any so I can’t speak to how any of it tastes!
Who can access the Extime lounge?
As an independent lounge, Extime accepts passengers from a number of airlines. The following airlines currently have an access agreements:
- Air Baltic
- Air Austral
- Air Serbia
- Air Tahiti Nui
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Croatia Airlines
- El Al
- Royal Air Maroc
- Royal Jordanian
Unfortunately, the Extime lounge is not offered by any of the lounge aggregator companies such as Priority Pass or DragonPass. You can pay cash for entry but I was told the cost was €110, which is slightly ludicrous – most good airport lounges are around the €50 mark. I suspect it is at that price to put people off, rather than because it is good value.
I have to say I was surprised at the quality of the lounge. Terminal 2B is one of the more short-haul focussed terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle, so to have a lounge that matches a decent long haul one is impressive.
Its strongest suit is the decor and design, which I think creates a calm environment, whilst the food offering is a bit weaker and could do with improving.
I would be totally happy here before a short flight to London – it’s certainly better than the British Airways Galleries Club lounge you’d get at Heathrow!
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get four 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.