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BA lounges : COVID-19 closures and reopenings

Old Jul 3, 20, 10:51 am
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List of Lounges Currently OPEN to BA Passengers (open wiki for details)

This wiki includes details of open lounges accessible to premium (F/J or Gold/Silver) passengers travelling on BA operated services, either within the terminal BA depart from or accessible via airside transfer.

Other lounges may be accessible for passengers willing to transfer landside to other terminals or concourses, although this is generally not recommended due to time constraints as a result of needing to re-clear security. Additionally, some airports may offer pay-in lounges which are not otherwise accessible by BA premium passengers (either temporarily or permanently).

Most open lounges are operating with a limited food and beverage service, and other services may be unavailable or modified.

For opening hours, please check the oneworld lounge listing at https://www.oneworld.com/airport-lounges?location= which is now being regularly updated.

If your airport isn't listed below, this probably means there is no lounge available for BA premium passengers (either temporarily or permanently) - please check the oneworld listing for the most up-to-date information.

British Airways Lounges
Aberdeen British Airways Lounge
Boston British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)
Cape Town British Airways Lounge
Chicago British Airways Lounge (First lounge is permanently closed)
Dubai British Airways Lounge (BA First passengers and oneworld Emerald members on BA flights only, The Bar is unverified)
Edinburgh British Airways Lounge
Geneva British Airways Lounge
Glasgow British Airways Lounge
Johannesburg British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)
New York JFK British Airways/American Airlines Greenwich Lounge, Soho Lounge, Chelsea Lounge
New York Newark British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)
Lagos British Airways Lounge
London Gatwick British Airways First Lounge, Club Lounge
London Heathrow Terminal 3 British Airways Galleries First, Galleries Club

London Heathrow Terminal 5 British Airways Concorde Room, Galleries First, Galleries Club South, Galleries Club North, Galleries Club T5B, Galleries Arrivals
Milan Linate British Airways Lounge
Philadelphia British Airways Lounge (First lounge and First Dining are unverified)
Rome British Airways Lounge
San Francisco British Airways Lounge (First Dining is "accessible". See post 4222: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/34492191-post4222.html)
Seattle British Airways Lounge (First lounge is unverified)
Singapore British Airways Lounge (The Bar is unverified)
Washington British Airways Lounge (First Dining is unverified)

Note that the BA-operated lounges at AMS, BHD, BRU, IAH, NCL, MAN and YVR have all closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternative oneworld or third party lounges are listed below. Note that the Elemis Travel Spas at LHR and JFK have been permanently closed.

Non-BA oneworld Lounges
Amman Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge
Atlanta
American Airlines Admirals Club North Terminal (AirTrain ride required)
Austin American Airlines Admirals Club
Bangkok Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
Dallas American Airlines Admirals Club (multiple locations)
Denver American Airlines Admirals Club
Doha Qatar Airways Silver Lounge (BA Silver / OW Sapphire travelling in Y)
Doha Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge (J class pax only - temporarily accepting BA Gold / OW Emerald in Y or W)
Doha Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge (F class pax only)
Frankfurt Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing, First (accepting F/J passengers and Gold/Silver cardholders)
Houston Terminal A American Airlines Admirals Club (airside transfer via AirTrain available to/from BA gates in Terminal D)
London Heathrow Terminal 3 Cathay Pacific Business and First Class lounges (open 05:30 to 17:30 Mon-Sat, 07:00 to 17:30 Sun)
London Heathrow Terminal 3 The Qantas International London Lounge (open daily 06:00 to 14:00)
Los Angeles Terminal 4 American Airlines Admirals Club & Flagship Lounge (airside walk to/from BA gates in TBIT)
Los Angeles Terminal 6 Alaska Lounge (airside walk to/from BA gates in TBIT)
Los Angeles Tom Bradley International Terminal OneWorld Lounge/Qantas Business & First Class Lounge
Madrid Iberia Premium Lounge Dalí / Iberia Premium Lounge Velázquez
Mexico City American Airlines Admirals Club
Miami American Airlines Admirals Club (multiple locations)
Miami American Airlines Flagship Lounge / Flagship First Dining Gate D30 ( Flagship First Dining only available to departing BA First Class passengers )
Nashville American Airlines Admirals Club
Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2A American Airlines Admirals Club
Phoenix American Airlines Admirals Club (multiple locations)
Philadelphia Concourse B/C American Airlines Admirals Club (airside walk to/from BA gates in Concourse A)
San Francisco Terminal 1 American Airlines Admirals Club (airside walk to/from BA gates in International Terminal)
San Francisco Terminal 2 Alaska Lounge (airside walk to/from BA gates in International Terminal)
Sao Paulo Terminal 3 American Airlines Admirals Club
Singapore Qantas International Business Lounge

Seattle Alaska Lounge (airside transfer via AirTrain available to/from BA gates in Concourse S)
Tampa American Airlines Admirals Club
Tokyo Haneda Japan Airlines First Class Lounge (accepting F/J passengers and Gold/Silver cardholders)

The AA forum has further details of open Admirals Club lounges: Link

Third Party Lounges with active BA contracts
Accra Adinkra Lounge
Amsterdam Aspire Lounge
Athens Skyserv Aristotle Onassis Lounge
Antigua Executive Lounge
Atlanta The Club at ATL
Barcelona AENA Joan Miro Lounge
Bahrain The Pearl Lounge
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge
Belfast Aspire Lounge
Berlin Lounge Tempelhof
Bologna Marconi Business Lounge
Bordeaux Salon des Vignobles

Bridgetown Airlines Executive Lounge / IAM Jet Centre
Brussels Diamond Lounge Pier B
Copenhagen Eventyr Lounge

DalamanCIP Lounge
Dallas The Club at DFW
Delhi Plaza Premium Lounge
Doha Oryx Lounge
Dubai Terminal 1 Marhaba Lounge
(BA Club World passengers and oneworld Sapphire members on BA flights only)
Dublin Dublin Airport Executive Lounge (reduced hours - 04:00-18.30 only, see here for latest details)
Düsseldorf Open Sky Lounge (Terminal C)
Faro ANA Lounge (non-Schengen only)
Florence Aeroporti VIP Club
Gibraltar Calpe Lounge
Grenada IAM Jet Centre

Hamburg Hamburg Airport Lounge
Hong Kong Plaza Premium Lounge
Houston HAS Executive Club

Ibiza VIP Sala Lounge
Istanbul IGA Lounge
Inverness Aspire Lounge
(open part-time, see post 3357)
Jersey Executive Lounge
Johannesburg Shongololo Lounge
Keflavík Saga Lounge
Krakow Business Lounge
Kingston Club Kingston
Larnaca Aspire Aphrodite Lounge
Las Vegas The Lounge at LAS (T3)
Lisbon ANA Lounge
Ljubljana Business Lounge
Lyons Salon Mont Blanc

Malaga Sala VIP Lounge
Male Leeli Lounge
Malta La Valette Club
Manchester T3 The Escape Lounge
Marseille Salon Cezanne Non-Schegen Lounge opposite gate 10

Milan Malpensa Montale Non-Schengen Lounge
Montreal National Bank Lounge
Moscow DME Domodedovo Airport Business Lounge
Mumbai MALS Premium Lounge
MunichAirport Lounge World
Nairobi TAV Lounge

Nassau The Lignum Club Lounge
Newcastle Aspire Lounge

Nice Infinity Lounge
Nuremberg Dürer Lounge
Oslo OSL Lounge
Palma Sala VIP Lounge
Phoenix Escape Lounge

Port Louis ATOL Lounge
Prague MasterCard Lounge
Rio de Janiero Plaza Premium
Riyadh Premier Lounge
Rotterdam Prima Vista Lounge
San Diego Aspire Lounge
(Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri departures only)
Sao Paulo LATAM VIP Lounge
Sofia Preslav Lounge

Southampton Spitfire Lounge
Split Business Lounge

St. Lucia (UVF) Iyanola Lounge
Stockholm (ARN) Norrsken Lounge

Tenerife Sala VIP Lounge
Tel Aviv Dan Lounge
Thessaloniki Manolis Andronikos Skyserv Lounge
Toronto Plaza Premium Lounge

Toulouse La Croix du Sud Lounge
Valencia Sala VIP Joan Olivert
Vancouver Plaza Premium Lounge
Warsaw Bolero Lounge

Zagreb Primeclass
Zurich Aspire Lounge
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BA lounges : COVID-19 closures and reopenings

Old Dec 14, 20, 5:39 am
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Originally Posted by BAeuro
But for the foreseeable future BA will be reliant on VFR and leisure traffic, not business. So why anger all your customers who have forked out for Club and find a major benefit isn’t included by BA.

If BA don’t start paying for lounges again in S21, there will be a lot of angry pax.
It's true that there would be a significant amount of VFR and leisure traffic rather than business travelers on Club Europe/World until business travel recovers.

It's really interesting to see that BA is following QR's approach in another method. QR did eliminate lounge access for all discounted Business Class passengers without status and BA is now eliminating outstation contracts to save money. If I'm not wrong Lufthansa did something similar compared to BA not allowing contract lounge access at several outstations.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 7:22 am
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By the way, I also heard that the AA Admirals Club in PHL is converted to a seating-area-only lounge with to-go food due to local restrictions. However, this needs verification as I am not 100% sure.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by BAeuro
But for the foreseeable future BA will be reliant on VFR and leisure traffic, not business. So why anger all your customers who have forked out for Club and find a major benefit isn’t included by BA.
Anecdotal evidence in another thread suggests CE cabins on the winter sun routes are bigger than ever right now, which in turn suggests either that those customers aren’t bothered or, if they are, a combination of the desire to get away and the guarantee of an empty seat next to them during a pandemic is enough for BA to get away with decimating the soft product.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
By the way, I also heard that the AA Admirals Club in PHL is converted to a seating-area-only lounge with to-go food due to local restrictions. However, this needs verification as I am not 100% sure.
Yes that is correct, and has been the situation off and on since about April. Many other Clubs have or had the same experience, notably CLT. The smaller branch Clubs in the larger airports have also closed.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 7:48 am
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CCR said to be opening for. Week around Christmas due to larger number of passengers. Not sure of dates but then reverting to CCT.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 8:02 am
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Impact of Tier 3 in London

Originally Posted by KeaneJohn
CCR said to be opening for. Week around Christmas due to larger number of passengers. Not sure of dates but then reverting to CCT.
Tier 3 has just been announced for London from 00:01 on Wednesday - will the T5 lounges remain open in current form ?

And would this impact re-opening of CCR ?
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Old Dec 14, 20, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by WeLoveSpace
Tier 3 has just been announced for London from 00:01 on Wednesday - will the T5 lounges remain open in current form ?

And would this impact re-opening of CCR ?
According to a post earlier in the thread there is an airside exception in the new tier 3 which should allow BA lounges to operate as they are now.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
By the way, I also heard that the AA Admirals Club in PHL is converted to a seating-area-only lounge with to-go food due to local restrictions. However, this needs verification as I am not 100% sure.
I was in the PHL AA lounge last week - PHL lounge is NOT food to go. You can get food from a window and eat in the lounge, food is provided in a paper bag. However no Avocado Toast in the mornings! - Bar is open and coffee is self service. You can even toast your bagel.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by samfrost93
According to a post earlier in the thread there is an airside exception in the new tier 3 which should allow BA lounges to operate as they are now.
Pleaseeeeeee be true. I'm supposed to fly on Thursday, and have to spend a good 4 hours at LHR. The thought of the lounge being closed would definitely kill me!
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Old Dec 14, 20, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by WeLoveSpace
And would this impact re-opening of CCR ?
Until the USA opens their borders for foreigners and lifts the Presidential Proclamation for UK departures and the Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, etc... open their borders to people from the UK without a 14-day quarantine, it's highly unlikely for the CCR to open. However, the CCT would most likely remain open.

The only F routes that operate without any quarantine for pax arriving from the UK are: ( list includes destinations that accept a negative COVID test instead of quarantine ) Mexico City, Cape Town, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Seychelles, Johannesburg, Barbados, Nairobi, Dubai, Bahrain, Abuja, Kuwait. ( Most of them are not daily and I assume that most of these routes are not having full First Class cabins these days ). Some of them also require self-isolation upon arrival in the UK for non-essential travelers. [ List indicates destinations that have First within January 2021 operations ]
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Old Dec 14, 20, 11:07 am
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
Until the USA opens their borders for foreigners and lifts the Presidential Proclamation for UK departures and the Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, etc... open their borders to people from the UK without a 14-day quarantine, it's highly unlikely for the CCR to open. However, the CCT would most likely remain open.

The only F routes that operate without any quarantine for pax arriving from the UK are: ( list includes destinations that accept a negative COVID test instead of quarantine ) Mexico City, Cape Town, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Seychelles, Johannesburg, Barbados, Nairobi, Dubai, Bahrain, Abuja, Kuwait. ( Most of them are not daily and I assume that most of these routes are not having full First Class cabins these days ). Some of them also require self-isolation upon arrival in the UK for non-essential travelers. [ List indicates destinations that have First within January 2021 operations ]
At the moment CCT gets busy in the morning till mid day to the point where customers are turned away - if next week or so is going to be busier than usual, then I can see them opening the CCR for part of the day or full day. Don't forget that Concorde Room Card cardholders and Concierge Key members are also eligible to use the CCT/CCR.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 12:07 pm
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Originally Posted by megaloman
At the moment CCT gets busy in the morning till mid day to the point where customers are turned away - if next week or so is going to be busier than usual, then I can see them opening the CCR for part of the day or full day. Don't forget that Concorde Room Card cardholders and Concierge Key members are also eligible to use the CCT/CCR.
As side information, I'll ask you if there any difference between the offerings between the GF and the CCT at the moment?
As you could notice from my profile, I am not eligible to visit the CCT so I can't comment on this.
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Old Dec 14, 20, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
As side information, I'll ask you if there any difference between the offerings between the GF and the CCT at the moment?
As you could notice from my profile, I am not eligible to visit the CCT so I can't comment on this.
Slightly better alcoholic drinks from what I understand.
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Originally Posted by S_W_S
Slightly better alcoholic drinks from what I understand.
They still serve LPGS champagne.
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Originally Posted by GumshoeW12
I doubt it. Lounges are primarily aimed at business travellers, of whom there are very few at present. BA really won’t care that people off for their winter holidays in the sun can’t access a lounge.
I do not agree that in this day and age, lounges are primarily aimed at business travellers. While J and F cabins are key to the BA business model, I see more and more leisure travellers in them on many routes. If BA are so naive as to "not care" if bucket and spade passengers can't access a lounge, more fool them. These bucket and spade passengers are prepared to pay up front to travel in J at a time when economic uncertainty has never been greater. Next year, when passenger numbers increase, they may well decide that they should save their cash and travel on Orange jets where, with Speedee boarding, they can have a better travel experience. Certainly, no lounge and a soggy mayonnaise sandwich is not going to rush them back onto BA.

Travelling back from Sofia in January, I was enlightened to hear two couples sat opposite me in the lounge. They had paid £99 for an AUP and thought the lounge was the "bees knees" as they put it. I do not think that BA are in a commercial position to pick and choose which passengers to ignore right now.
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