Lounge choices- BA and Oneworld I'm leaving for Spain on Wednesday 31/12, flying BA16 club world/europe (business) from Sydney to Seville via Singapore and London.

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AMB

Member since 24 Jun 2013

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Lounge choices- BA and Oneworld

I'm leaving for Spain on Wednesday 31/12, flying BA16 club world/europe (business) from Sydney to Seville via Singapore and London. I will be returning from Paris to Sydney via London and Singapore (BA15).

I will be travelling with a Qantas platinum on the way there, but by myself on the way back (I'm qantas bronze).

In Sydney I have the Qantas First lounge.

In Singapore on the way there, should I go to the BA First lounge, or the Qantas combined lounge?

In Heathrow (at Terminal 5)- on the way there- is Galleries First the best option?

Coming back to Australia:

At Paris CDG, which business lounge should I use: AA Admirals Club, or Cathay's lounge?

Terminal 5 Heathrow- which Galleries club, or is there a better oneworld lounge?

Singapore- Should I use the Qantas lounge, or the BA business one?

Also I just wanted to check, on a BA business ticket, I can use any oneworld lounge open to Sapphires or business class travellers on the home airline?

I know, many questions, but I just want to check and be sure before I leave. I want to have the best lounges as possible.

Thanks.

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 May 2012

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Outbound with the Platinum

SYD - QF Lounge

SIN - QF lounge

LHR T5 - Only lounges are operated by BA.

inbound by yourself

if you have no OW premium status and flying in Business, you will have little choice in lounge as you can only access lounges associated with the airline you are flying.  

CDG - BA and CX have a combined lounge

LHR T5 - Only lounges are operated by BA.

SIN - BA lounge, unless directed to the QF lounge

kcarlson

QF Platinum

Member since 20 Apr 2013

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Hi AMB. I have just come back doing all the lounges except CDG. In SIN you only have QF lounge and BA lounge (both combined business/first.) Most people would recommend QF lounge, the showers are very good and the dining is much better than BA lounge. However the QF lounge can get busy and noisy, particularly as you can get very rowdy JQ passengers turning up in shorts and flip flops (shows you I'm old and old fashioned). I always use QF for showers and dinner and then retire to the BA lounge for a bit of quiet and BA serves better champagne, there is also the CX lounge, but it is quite awful and should be avoided, JL also has a lounge, but it is a third party lounge and won't let you in unless you fly JL.

At LHR T5 the Galleries First is very good (not as good as SYD First, for that you need the Concord Room which you won't get into unless you fly BA First), you also have the Galleries lounges, but they can get very busy, you get better champagne as well as other spirits at Galleries First as well as table service (up to a pooint), it also has a much more sophisticated feel about it compared with the Galleries. At LHR T5 there are only the BA lounges. If you fly out from LHR T3 you have BA Galleries and Galleries First as well as AA lounges, CX lounges and JL lounges. QF does not have any lounges in Europe. At T3 BA have the best lounges ( in my opinion) followed by CX and AA a poor last.

madge

Member since 07 Aug 2012

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When flying Business Class you are not restricted to the operating airline's lounge. You have access to any oneworld operated lounge. Only third party lounges are restricted - as per the oneworld website

  • Lounges operated by third parties are identified in the lounge finder tool (above). Access to these lounges is restricted to eligible customers when travelling on specific oneworld airlines as shown in the lounge finder tool.

I've visited both lounges at SIN and as others have said there are advantages to both. QF has better showers and food but is quite busy. The BA lounge is quieter but the food selection is sad and the decor is dated. Given you're flying BA, head to the QF lounge to grab a shower, everyone else on your flight will head for BA's lounge so there's a queue for a shower.

LHR T5 has several lounges, Galleries First is your best option for the outbound trip. You won't have access for the inbound, only the Galleries Club. There's 3 of those at T5 - I like Galleres Club South over North as it's closer to the Club check-in desks. You're more likely to get a Elemis spa treatment at T5B though.

flying_nomad

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 02 Dec 2014

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When you're just in Business with no status, you have to go to your operating airline's lounge. Check the QF website, but you must be on either a QF or EK marketed flight to get into the SIN lounge without OW status. 

madge

Member since 07 Aug 2012

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Qantas Singapore lounge website:

International Business oneworld Customers

Next onward flight that day must be on a oneworld operated and marketed flight.#

No guest allowed.

flying_nomad

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 02 Dec 2014

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Oops, when did that change? It would help if I scrolled down to the end of the page. Sorry!

AMB

Member since 24 Jun 2013

Total posts 12

Thank you to everyone for having answered.

The last time I flew through Singapore, it was in the days of QF/BA shared business lounge, and QF/BA shared First lounge.  As far as I can ascertain, like QF, BA has conflated its lounges in Singapore to one lounge (no distinction between FIrst and Business).  Is this correct?  If so, I'll defintely use the QF lounge both journeys.  Boarding calls would also not be made from the QF lounge, but they should display the BA flight on the boards in the lounges, yes?

In LHR T5- Galleries First, and then on the way back- which Galleries club should I go to?  I can't see from which sub terminal my flight would depart- so which Galleries would be the best choice (I have 3 hours and will have checked in from Paris)?  The spa treatment is not important.

In Paris CDG, the only option seems to be the BA/CX lounge, as the AA lounge is only good for Wi-Fi, or so I've heard.

Thanks for all of the advice so far.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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AMB,

In SGD, I'd stick with the QF lounges. OW lounge access rules allow Business/First pax access to any corresponding OW operated lounge.

At LHR use the First Lounge (South) on the way out. There is a decent table service. Don't hesitate to make eye contact with the wait staff to get prompt service. Kippers and poached eggs on the breakfast menu is my favourite.

In Saville, the Iberia lounge is available. I believe Iberia has a combined Business and First lounge (or more appropriately only a Business class lounge). From my experience of the Iberia Valazquez lounge in MAD, I believe IB lounges are quite pleasant.

At CDG you have the option of the CX or AA lounge. They next to each other up the escalator after the Hermes shop in Terminal 2A. The AA lounge is new and quite pleasant. Although the food at the CX lounge is better. There is also the signature noodle bar in the CX lounge.

On the flight back, I reccomend the BA Galleries South lounge in LHR T5. The North lounge is too cramped.

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

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Stick with the QF lounge in SIN. It's stacked with OW elites for a reason. In fact, it's better than the J lounge in SYD (enjoy the F lounge!). Only go over to BA if you're fed and washed and really need some quiet.

I'll be in the SIN lounge on 31/12 myself, actually. I'll be going early but BA16 leaves before I can post the daily plate menu so I'm afraid you'll need to find out what's for dinner when you arrive at the show kitchen.

watson374

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Member since 17 Aug 2012

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Hey AMB, just to let you know, your supper options tonight will be either a Thai Chicken Green Curry or a Grilled Barramundi With Cauliflower Salad.

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