How can you access the British Airways Concorde Room lounge?
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Most airlines offer lounge access for their top passengers — both those flying in premium classes as well as their highest elite members.
Often, tiers in loyalty programmes are aligned to the perks of passengers booked into premium classes. For example, a flyer with Silver status with British Airways usually gets access to business class check-in, business class lounges and priority boarding with other business class passengers. Meanwhile, BA flyers with Gold status usually get access to first-class check-in desks, first-class lounges and board the aircraft first.
Typically, such perks are reciprocal across alliances, and thus airlines honour giving a top tier status holder from an alliance partner access to their first-class lounge. That is why, in the past, British Airways Gold cardholders were able to access American Airlines’ Flagship First class lounges even when AA’s own top tier members weren’t. In that case, AA gave BA members access because AA members were able to access BA’s First Class lounges.
There are some exceptions to this when it comes to lounges where airlines restrict access to a smaller group of passengers to preserve exclusivity. Examples of this include Qatar Airways’ lounges in Doha and London, where only ticketed business and first-class passengers can use the premium business and first-class lounges, whilst status holders are sent to partner lounges (in London) or inferior lounges (in Doha).
British Airways has two Concorde Room lounges: one in London Heathrow (LHR) and one in New York-JFK. Though the Concorde was retired in 2003, the airline has maintained and recently refurbished these lounges. BA also has Concorde Room bars in Singapore (SIN), Dubai (DXB) and Washington, DC (IAD).
Whilst British Airways Executive Club Gold cardholders as well as Oneworld Emerald status holders can access British Airways’ First Class lounges at London Heathrow and New York JFK, only two groups of passengers have access to the Concorde Room: ticketed first-class passengers as well as holders of a Concorde Room Card.
Qualifying for the latter requires hitting 5,000 Tier Points a year, which requires a lot of travelling. BA’s status levels are explained here.
A standard long-haul return flight in business class earns 280 Tier Points, so qualifying for a Concorde Room card would require nearly 18 long-haul business class round-trips — though there are ways of maximising Tier Points on trips. Concorde Room cardholders are also allowed to bring one guest into the lounge with them.
If travelling that much doesn’t sound appealing to you, the only other way to gain access to the Concorde Room is reserved for passengers flying in first class with BA.
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