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British Airways adds new Gold Guest List lounge benefits

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British Airways has opened its First Dining Room and Concorde Bar lounges to all Gold Guest List members.

As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, Gold Guest List members were being allowed into the First Dining Room in the London Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge (image below) although no member communications had gone out.

This move is now official and it is extended to other previously off-limits facilities too.

First Dining Room Heathrow Terminal 3

What is Gold Guest List?

If you are wondering what Gold Guest List is, it is a sub-tier of British Airways Executive Club Gold status. You need to earn 5,000 tier points (3,000 if renewing) during your membership year. You can find out more about Gold Guest List in our article here.

There are, apparently, around 5,000 to 6,000 members of Gold Guest List.

Gold Guest List comes with a number of benefits including the ability to gift Gold and Silver status cards as well as additional upgrade vouchers and the ability to open up additional Avios reward seats.

It has not, pre-covid, conferred access to BA’s Concorde Room or First Dining Rooms.

This changed during the pandemic, when BA opened up access to the Heathrow Terminal 5 Concorde Room for all Gold Guest List members. Previously you had to earn 5,000 tier points – remember that Gold Guest List renewal ‘only’ required 3,000 tier points – to get a Concorde Room card.

Until this week, access to First Dining Rooms and other Concorde Rooms / Concorde Bars remained somewhat restricted, with no official policy in place.

BA Lounge Johannesburg Concorde dining room

British Airways extends pre-flight dining to Gold Guest List

In positive news, British Airways has now decided to extend access to all of these spaces across the network. It quietly updated the wording on its website for Gold Guest List members to include the following:

“Gold Guest List members travelling on British Airways flights, in any cabin, can enjoy our First Dining, Concorde Dining and ‘The Bar’ facilities with 1 guest.*”

The change means you can now access Concorde / First Dining at the following airports:

You’ll also be able to use the Concorde Bars in:

  • Dubai
  • Singapore
British Airways lounge Washington Dulles scallops

Any guest you bring must be travelling on the same flight as you and entry may be subject to capacity constraints. If you’re flying in First, you can take up to two guests. Access is only when travelling on a British Airways flight – if you’re on another oneworld airline, you won’t be able to get in.

This HfP article goes into further detail about BA’s pre-flight First and Concorde Dining Rooms, including a sample menu.


These are – obviously – positive changes. With a reduction in the number First Class seats now flying, given the removal of the First-heavy Boeing 747 fleet, British Airways clearly feels it has spare lounge capacity. Opening these up to Gold Guest List members is a smart way of rewarding its top status holders.

It also simplifies the previous policy, which was all over the place in terms of who could access what and where.

PS. If you think that Gold Guest List status is out of reach, you may be mistaken. Whilst 5,000 tier points for the initial qualification is harder, renewal at 3,000 tier points is manageable for many. Someone travelling to Asia every two months in Business Class on Qatar Airways, for example, would earn 3,360 tier points in 12 months. Even the initial hurdle of 5,000 tier points would ‘only’ require nine Business Class return flights to Asia on Qatar Airways during your BA membership year.


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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:

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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Comments (37)

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  • LittleNick says:

    Presumably 3500 TPs for re-qualification only applies consecutively after a prior year of GGL, so if
    Year 1:5000TPs
    Year 2:3500TPs
    Year 3:2500TPs
    Year 4:3500TPs
    Presumably you’d need 5000TPs again in year 4 to re qualify for GGL? Achieving 3500 in year 4 would not re qualify you to GGL? The 3500TP renewal is a consecutive requirement?
    (Ignore the fact that your status lasts the following year, just looking at the Collection Tier Points)

    • Tocsin says:

      Slight amendment – 3000 TP for GGL requalification, but your point is important. If a GGL falls off the twig with less than 3000, then a full 5000 TP is needed to get back.

      Also (horror of horrors 🙂 ) there is no soft landing to Gold. If a GGL gets less than 1500 TP, then it is down to Silver for them…

      • LittleNick says:

        Yh that’s really frustrating it makes you commit every year to achieving the lower threshold but I can see why.
        Yep that’s also a bit harsh it’s down to silver after.

  • Kevin says:

    It doesn’t have to be Asia with Qatar costing £50k. Some advance clever planning and it is achievable for less than £5k. Extreme example, book 12 trips to Sofia via BA Holidays at least six months in advance with 5 days car hire getting double tier points. You don’t even have to stay overnight in Sofia. Book a separate ticket to get home from trip 1 and you could “inter-twine” the others using the return flight to travel back on the subsequent “trip”. BAs IT systems are not smart enough to see this.

    • LittleNick says:

      Yes in theory you could have multiple overlapping BA Holidays trips to Sofia and hire about 5 cars at once, it’s just finding somewhere safe & cheap to park them?

      • kevind says:

        Yes LittleNick. Theoretically you could pick the car up and decide to bring it back early, like 4 days 59 minutes early. Drive it around the block once, and hand it back. The cost of hiring the car has already been paid. It might be a bit suspicious though, renting a car for 1 minute six times in a row.

  • Gareth says:

    GGL for life is the unobtainable goal , my pre GGL flying of 71000 tier points, equivalent to 1 year at 5000 , 22 years 3000 is still way below 100000 target.

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