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Access to BA lounges in SFO LHR
I just made a res to fly in first on BA286 (A380 departure from SFO at 8:20pm) in mid February using an AA first class saver award. I would like to find out which lounges I have access to in SFO (just the BA lounge or other one world lounges).
Once i get to LHR, I have a longish >5 hr layover for my connecting flight to MXP – ticketed in Business. I arrive at 2:45pm and I believe the BA arrival lounge closes at 2pm. Given that I have arrived in first and continuing in Europe Business, which lounge(s) would I have access to at LHR?
Thanks from a newbie in this forum, but who flew on GBOAC many years ago:-)
All arrivals lounges in LHR close at 2 PM, so these won’t be an option. If you travel to MXP on AA, I think you can use the Admirals Lounge. Basically check for the airline of your onward flight which business lounge you can use, unless you have a status.
If you are flying in BA F you should have access to all Oneworld First class and Business lounges in SFO.
If arriving BA F in LHR and connecting to BA Euro-J to MXP same day you have access to BA real first class lounge The Concord Room (such as it is) and of course any other Oneworld lounges that might be open in LHR.
Read this article by Lucky if you are still unsure about lounge access rules..
Review of The Concord Room
[USER=1420]@GBOAC[/USER] — Welcome! [USER=268]@No Name[/USER] is spot on, and the key thing to consider here is that you’re not “arriving” in London. You’re transiting, and then “departing.”
You can use any of the departure lounges, and as the Milan flights leave from Terminal 5, the Concorde Room is the best choice.
Also, I highly recommend the tasting menu on the A380 flights. It’s only offered on the A380, and is a fun experience.
[USER=268]@No Name[/USER] and [USER=7]@Tiffany[/USER]:
Thanks for the advice, links, and guidance. Much appreciated.
Hold on a sec. You can not use the Concord room. You can only use Concord room if you are BA GOLD GUEST LIST. You’d have to “camp out” at BA First lounge instead. I presume you have no status on Either AA or BA. Concord room is not the same as BA First Lounge.
[USER=1393]@AlexGBBAGold[/USER] — I hate correcting people, but you’re completely wrong here and I don’t want anyone to be misled.
Concorde Room access is [I]exclusively[/I] for those flying British Airways First, as [USER=1420]@GBOAC[/USER] would be in this situation. You cannot access based on elite status.
oneworld Emeralds (which would include BA Golds and AA EXPs) would have access to the Galleries First lounge, regardless of their ticketed class of service.
I hope the distinction makes sense!
The gent has no BA GOLD or SILVER membership. No membership,- irrespective what product you are flying is a non-entry to Concord. First lounge will be the best available in this case.
I apologize for putting it so bluntly, but you’re wrong.
The oneworld alliance offers lounge access based on the international long haul ticketed flight. By presenting your BA First boarding pass at the entrance to the Concorde Room, you will thus be granted access, regardless if your connecting segment is in first, business, or, perish the thought, economy.
I’ve done this dozens of times, [URL=’http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/11/10/british-airways-777-first-class/’]including on a recent trip to Madrid[/URL]. The policy is quite clear.
[USER=7]@Tiffany[/USER] : to piggyback on this thread and go back to one of [USER=1420]@GBOAC[/USER] ‘s original questions…
Any thoughts on which is the best oneworld lounge at SFO? If flying BA First, is the Cathay or JAL lounge the best choice? (I’m on this SFO-LHR A380 flight in April).
I am partially wrong and I apologize. I’m right in this particular case, as the person doesn’t have BA GOLD or SILVER required for entry to Concord lounge.
I am wrong, if the above person is on a first booking AND has GOLD/SILVER. In that case you may enter the Lounge. Otherwise if you are flying First with no GOLD or Silver – the best lounge for you is BA Fist lounge, not Concord. I will edit my blurbs above.
[USER=390]@Debo[/USER] — The Cathay Pacific lounge is significantly nicer than the JAL lounge, so given the option I’d go there, but it has very limited hours.
I haven’t been in the BA lounge at SFO, unfortunately, so can’t speak to the offerings there. 🙁
[QUOTE=”AlexGBBAGold, post: 11970, member: 1393″]I am partially wrong and I apologize. I’m right in this particular case, as the person doesn’t have BA GOLD or SILVER required for entry to Concord lounge.
I am wrong, if the above person is on a first booking AND has GOLD/SILVER. In that case you may enter the Lounge. Otherwise if you are flying First with no GOLD or Silver – the best lounge for you is BA Fist lounge, not Concord. I will edit my blurbs above.[/QUOTE]
Still wrong. If everyone could just trust me on the access rules here, that would be recommended.
You don’t need to have elite status on any airline to access the Concord[B]e[/B] Room; you do need to be arriving from or connecting to a same-day British Airways first class flight.