Contract lounge access

Old Jul 20, 19, 6:19 pm
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Contract lounge access

I recently became star alliance gold. I understand that even when flying an economy star alliance operated flight, I get access to lounge. Normally this would be simple, if I fly Lufthansa economy, I get to access Lufthansa lounge, if I fly ANA economy, I get to use ANA lounge.

However, my question is regarding contract lounges. For example, when flying economy ANA or LOT from JFK (terminal 5). Neither ANA or LOT has a lounge at JFK terminal 7, and there is not a single star alliance lounge. Instead, ANA and LOT contract with British airways. So ANA and LOT business class flyers use the British airways lounge.

So, my question is, as a star alliance gold, can I access the British airways lounge when flying ANA or LOT economy?
It seems a bit odd getting access to a British airways OneWorld alliance lounge with Star Alliance . But since there is not a single star alliance lounge at the terminal, and both ANA and LOT use the OneWorld lounge, would I get access?
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Old Jul 20, 19, 6:23 pm
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Yes, as a general rule you will be given access to the lounge with which the airline you are flying contracts
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Old Jul 20, 19, 6:28 pm
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When the airline uses contract lounge, the airline will generally issue a paper lounge invitation to you (as your *G credential won't work).

This is what you need for the lounge. So make sure you check-in at an airport counter first before proceeding to the airside.
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Old Jul 22, 19, 6:10 am
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As long as you're flying with that airline you can expect them to give you access to their contract lounge usually through your details hand written on a pre-printed card.

On the other hand as an example say you're traveling with a different *A airline that doesn't contract to the BA Lounge in JFK, don't expect access to that lounge. You would however be able to access any *G lounge in JFK (irrespective of the Terminal).
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