How can you get a British Airways Concorde Room Card?
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The British Airways Executive Club has its published levels of elite status — you may recognise the tier names Bronze, Silver and Gold. However, the programme also offers two additional, unpublished levels of elite status: Gold Guest List and Concorde Room Card.
While the three published levels of elite status require a good amount of flying with BA and its Oneworld partners, the highest two levels take that task to the next level. In terms of what you’ll need to earn for each level, here’s a refresher:
- Bronze — Achieved after 300 Tier Points earned in a membership year
- Silver — Achieved after 600 Tier Points earned in a membership year
- Gold — Achieved after 1,500 Tier Points earned in a membership year.
- Gold Guest List — Achieved after 5,000 Tier Points earned in a membership year and maintained in subsequent years by earning 3,000 Tier Points in a membership year
- Concorde Room Card — Achieved after 5,000 Tier Points or more in a membership year.
A Concorde Room Card is neither a tier nor a subset of Gold but literally merely a white membership card that allows members access to the Concorde Room at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York’s JFK Terminal 7 — and it takes a lot of flying to get one. Concorde Room Card holders are also permitted to bring one guest with them into the lounge.
Unfortunately, British Airways doesn’t publish official numbers as to how many members hold its levels of elite status. That said and to put in perspective, it’s believed that there are around 70,000 Gold members though only around 5,000 Gold Guest List members.
At both Concorde Rooms — one at LHR and one at JFK — passengers can expect BA’s highest level of on-the-ground service. The lounge is set up to offer passengers a relaxing atmosphere before hopping on a flight.
Aside from holding a Concorde Room Card, the only other way to gain access to one of the Concorde Rooms is by carrying a first-class boarding pass. For Concorde Room Card holders, however, you can be travelling in any class of service to enter. It’s BA’s reward to its most loyal customers.
While it might not seem like too much, 5,000 Tier Points is a lot of flying. Most return long-haul flights earn 280 Tier Points, but there are many ways of boosting one’s Tier Point-earning on trips. There are, of course, also very comfortable ways to earn relatively large chunks of Tier Points, though unless you are an ultra-frequent flyer, there may well have to be some craziness involved to obtain and maintain a Concorde Room Card.
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