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Lounge access - 'three hours before flight', not before?

Old Mar 7, 18, 5:55 am
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Lounge access - 'three hours before flight', not before?

And not before... ?
Lounge agent [at GVA] couldn't produce the rule in front of me when asked.
Never had that before. Is it a legitimate T&C?
[edit: it's a BA lounge, not a partner/third-party lounge]

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Old Mar 7, 18, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
And not before... ?
Lounge agent couldn't produce the rule in front of me when asked.
Never had that before. Is it a legitimate T&C?
Where were you please?
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Old Mar 7, 18, 5:58 am
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Donít know where you were, but I have heard similar rules being mentioned at lounge in Tallin but not strictly enforced. Was it at one of the partner lounges?
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:01 am
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Originally Posted by Flexible preferences View Post
Where were you please?
Geneva, GVA
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:03 am
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Some paid lounges have such rules, including time limits on how long you an stay in them.

I’d be very surprised if this was a BA lounge.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:05 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Geneva, GVA
That's a local issue, sometimes they have to close the lounge to all admissions, even Prems due to overcrowding. Hence this restriction due to the huge number of status passengers there. The new lounge, due end of 2018, will have more seating.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:07 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post
Some paid lounges have such rules, including time limits on how long you an stay in them.

Iíd be very surprised if this was a BA lounge.
It is a BA lounge.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:23 am
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happens sometimes, there have been reports on here of similar at the BA lounge at GLA
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:37 am
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From the BA website lounge page

All lounge access is subject to capacity restrictions.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:38 am
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Common at GVA. 10-20% of the time that I visit (admittedly peak ski weekends) it's at capacity. I'm not sure the lounge has a vacuum cleaner either, given the general state of it when I visit.

If you have priority pass you're much better off at the PP lounge at the other end of the building, which even has free chocolates.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 6:49 am
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There is a note on the door, I saw it yesterday. It got very busy.

That lounge is a complete hovel though.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Schwann View Post
There is a note on the door, I saw it yesterday. It got very busy.

That lounge is a complete hovel though.
Given what you say, perhaps it was a blessing disguise for the OP
(lounge agent’s way of saying “ you really don’t want to spend more than three hours in here, believe me .....”)

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Old Mar 7, 18, 12:51 pm
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Wait. Does this mean if you buy a CW ticket from BA with a 5 hour layover, you get to sit at the gate for the first couple of hours after you arrive at the connecting airport? That's good to know when deciding who to choose as you're travel partner.
Honest question. Would anyone who hasn't read this thread know this "rule"? (Yet another good reason for following FlyerTalk).
If you book such an itinerary, will BA inform you of the fact that your lounge access is more limited than the cxn layover time?
Any other airlines doing this at their branded lounges?
(Btw, occupancy limitations and restricted access is not what I'm asking about. Simply the OP's stated arbitrary 3 hours occupancy limit.)
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Old Mar 7, 18, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by rickg523 View Post
Wait.
Only in GVA, and very occasionally GLA, YVR and SFO. And in the case of GVA and SFO, just for a few more months. Otherwise carry on.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 1:00 pm
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I think it is very hatd to have a layover with a CW ticket in GVA. More likely you start or end your CW journey there. And while I find it annoying, capacity constraints would apply anywhere, most likely for local fire safety regulations.
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