The Lounge Guide: British Airways

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British Airways

Recognised around the world, British Airways is a founding member of Oneworld. Together with its affiliates, it connects almost 250 destinations in some 90 countries throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

British Airways Loyalty Program, the Executive Club (often abbreviated to BAEC) is the beating heart of the program based out of London.

Executive ClubOneworld
Gold
Gold Guest List
Premier
Emerald
SilverSapphire
BronzeRuby

Business Galleries Lounges


British Airways Business Galleries Lounges
StatusAccess
RubyNo
SapphireYes
EmeraldYes

British Airways differentiates the age (and how dated their lounges are) by its branding. Galleries lounges are the more modern offering in the BA business class line up and according to the marketing you are supposed to be greeted with calm and tranquil surroundings.

Business Terrace Lounges


British Airways Terrace Lounges
StatusAccess
RubyNo
SapphireYes
EmeraldYes

British Airways differentiates the age (and how dated their lounges are) by its branding. Terrace lounges are the predecessor to the Galleries lounges but they still hold their charm to them.

While the furniture tends to be ages (to say the least in Terrace lounges, they still stock a full bar and tend to be in quieter lounges.

Arrivals Lounges


British Airways Arrivals Lounges
StatusAccess
RubyNo
SapphireNo
EmeraldYes

It is important to remember that arrival lounges fall outside the OneWorld agreement, so there is no requirement for airlines to provide them and entry rules are completely at their discretion.

With that said the British Airways Arrivals lounge at London Heathrow sports 94 shower rooms, a free 15 minute Elemis Spa treatment, valet suit pressing service and good breakfast buffet until 1230. 

First Galleries Lounges


British Airways First Galleries Lounge
StatusAccess
RubyNo
SapphireNo
EmeraldYes

The British Airways First Galleries lounge is accessible by Both BAEC Gold card as well Oneworld Emerald status holders, although you are unlikely to see BA First passengers (even though it is a First Class lounge) as they mainly accumulate in the Concorde Room.

Concorde Room


British Airways Concorde Room
StatusAccess
RubyNo
SapphireNo
EmeraldNo

The British Airways Concorde Room is the most elite of all the British Airways airport lounges in Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

Entrance into the Concorde Room is the strictest of all the British Airways lounges — you either need to be in possession a First Class boarding pass or be the proud owner of a British Airways Concorde Room card which affords you access to the Concorde Room no matter what cabin class you are travelling in.

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