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Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« on: July 31, 2012, 05:05:10 PM »
Thinking about booking a flight - economy - through London's Heathrow (LHR) airport.

Flights have a 10 hour layover in London.

Anyone have some good suggestions for a lounge to use?
Do lounges typically let you stay for so long?

I have tons of BA points and was thinking of booking a dummy one way biz ticket to Paris for 10k miles and $25 fee just to get BA lounge access.
Any thoughts on whether that would work to get me lounge access for my layover?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012, 05:29:49 PM »
I have tons of BA points and was thinking of booking a dummy one way biz ticket to Paris for 10k miles and $25 fee just to get BA lounge access.
Any thoughts on whether that would work to get me lounge access for my layover?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
cool idea! How about booking a fully refundable first class ticket and cancelling after lounge would that work?

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 06:01:00 PM »
cool idea! How about booking a fully refundable first class ticket and cancelling after lounge would that work?
i'm not sure if biz to paris will get you lounge access

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012, 06:06:21 PM »
i'm not sure if biz to paris will get you lounge access

Their website says "If youíre travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe or are a Gold or Silver Executive Club member, youíll have access to Terminal 5ís exclusive Galleries lounges, sleek contemporary interiors with a touch of uniquely British style...."

https://www.britishairways.com/travel/terminal-5-changes/execclub/_gf/en_us

Biz within Europe on BA is called "Club Europe".

Anyone have any experience with this or other ideas?

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012, 06:22:00 PM »
I don't know how it works there but with Lufthansa there are different lounges for different classes

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2012, 06:28:41 PM »
I don't know how it works there but with Lufthansa there are different lounges for different classes

?

what does this mean?

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012, 07:08:20 PM »
?

what does this mean?

For 1st Class there is the CCR (Concorde Room).

For Biz there are the multiple Galleries lounges.

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012, 09:47:41 PM »
For 1st Class there is the CCR (Concorde Room).

For Biz there are the multiple Galleries lounges.
+1
If traveling through heathrow and buying a fully refundable ticket then u got to check out the CCR the spa inside is beautiful the massages on offer is great too.
You can book your self a private room (cabana) and have kosher meals ordered there too and not to mention glenlivet 21 on the house :)

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2012, 09:53:43 PM »
What terminal will you be arriving in and departing from?
This will make a difference as to which lounges/alliances you can access.
You can not hop airside between terminals at lhr if you do not have a boarding card for that terminal.
Do you have elite status with an alliance?
You best value for money (if u have no status) instead of wasting 10K and 34 POUNDS ($54- that's how much the club ba reward saver fee is- if even available) is to buy an admirals club pass on ebay for $24.
The admirals club at lhr terminal 3 is one of the best aa lounges and the best value for $24.
You could make the $24 back just by drinking their complimentary single malts!

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2012, 11:51:43 PM »
The aa lounge in t3 is a very nice lounge but can't compare to the CCR in t5

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2012, 12:00:12 AM »
What terminal will you be arriving in and departing from?
This will make a difference as to which lounges/alliances you can access.
You can not hop airside between terminals at lhr if you do not have a boarding card for that terminal.
Do you have elite status with an alliance?
You best value for money (if u have no status) instead of wasting 10K and 34 POUNDS ($54- that's how much the club ba reward saver fee is- if even available) is to buy an admirals club pass on ebay for $24.
The admirals club at lhr terminal 3 is one of the best aa lounges and the best value for $24.
You could make the $24 back just by drinking their complimentary single malts!

Can you use the AA passes you get with the Citi cards?
I have those.

I am not flying AA - Is that a problem?
I do have the Amex platinum but no PP as the plat is canceled.

No elite status with any airline worthwhile.

Thanks.

as a side note, anybody ever heard a time limit to hang out in a lounge?

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2012, 03:00:28 AM »
Can you use the AA passes you get with the Citi cards?
I have those.

I am not flying AA - Is that a problem?
I do have the Amex platinum but no PP as the plat is canceled.

No elite status with any airline worthwhile.

Thanks.

as a side note, anybody ever heard a time limit to hang out in a lounge?

The Admirals day pass will get you into the lounge regardless of what airline you are flying with.

The amex platinum will only get you into the Admirals if you are flying AA.

The amex platinum pp would get you into the Servisair lounge @ lhr but to call servisair "a lounge" is a mistake- not worth walking in the door!

There is no time limit as to how long you can hang out at the lounge but they close at lhr when the last flight of the day leaves which is 8.00pm unless there has been a delay.

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2012, 03:16:48 AM »
There is no time limit as to how long you can hang out at the lounge but they close at lhr when the last flight of the day leaves which is 8.00pm unless there has been a delay.
there definitely are the TLV BA and LY flights that leave at 10:30 pm and possibly more...

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2012, 03:26:12 AM »
there definitely are the TLV BA and LY flights that leave at 10:30 pm and possibly more...

ElAl leaves from Terminal 1 and BA from Terminal 5.
AA is terminal 3 and the last flight out is transatlantic at 8.00pm- the aa lounges close right after that flight.

It is interesting that you can not get a transatlantic flight departing from ANYWHERE in europe after 9.00pm!

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2012, 03:37:54 AM »
why not go into london and get some food and see a couple sights?

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2012, 06:33:19 AM »
ElAl leaves from Terminal 1 and BA from Terminal 5.
AA is terminal 3 and the last flight out is transatlantic at 8.00pm- the aa lounges close right after that flight.

It is interesting that you can not get a transatlantic flight departing from ANYWHERE in europe after 9.00pm!
why do you say so? Please check before you make such confident statements. Just one example, plenty of flights from ZRH to HKG, BKK, JOHANESBURG, after 10pm. Im not going to search all airports now, thats why Im not going to make blanket statements. 

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2012, 09:18:00 AM »
Since when are those cities TATL from Europe?
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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2012, 09:51:00 AM »
Since when are those cities TATL from Europe?
what are they?

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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2012, 10:12:22 AM »
what are they?
Whatever they are they sure as heck ain't TATL!
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Re: Long layover in LHR - Lounge options?
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2012, 11:26:44 AM »
Since when are those cities TATL from Europe?
+1 no blanket statements there ;)