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Emerald And BA First Class Lounge

Emerald And BA First Class Lounge

  1. Anonymous

    Lucky,

    I wanted to share this as it’s an interesting loophole of a negative nature that BA is using to exclude Emerald from First Class lounge access.

    Tonight I am traveling to LHR from IAD in paid Business (Club). As an Emerald member I accessed the shared F and C lounge at IAD and was told that I was only allowed in the business class section as IAD does not technically have a “First” lounge. When I pointed out that there is a First Class section, with dining, she informed me that it is not technically a First lounge but a dining area exclusive to First passengers. I challenged this as being somewhat arcane given that LHR and many other locations with a First lounge has the same dining.

    It was rather fruitless to pursue this further as Cathy refused me entrance and told me in no less terms to “take a seat in the business class section or leave.” Needless to say that being on the late 10:25PM departure I was looking forward to a proper meal in the first lounge so as to hit the plane sleeping.

    BA is clearly using a unique formula of not calling a First area of a lounge an actual First Lounge and thus excluding Emerald from access. Calling it First Dining to me is confusing, a bit misleading, and certainly impacts my choice in alliance.

    Have you heard of this loophole? Any other members have similar experiences?

  2. David W

    Actually, many airlines separate their lounges into different types and sets different criteria for access. BA can very well rope off a section of the lounge specifically for travelers in First Class, which is different from a OW Emerald accessing a BA First Class Lounge. If you were flying out of JFK for example, You could visit the BA First/Business lounges but not the separate Concord Room.

  3. Anonymous

    The agent was correct — the “Concorde Room” facilities are only for first class passengers, not Emeralds, unfortunately.[ATTACH=full]93[/ATTACH]

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