Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 28 Apr 2013
Total posts 16
Looking for some advice on lounge access at Heathrow after arriving on QF1 and transferring to a BA European flight in J class out of terminal 5. I have a long layover (about 9 hours) and am wondering if it is possible to use the lounges in terminal 3 (ie the new Qantas lounge) and then transfer to T5 later or if I can only use the BA lounges in T5?
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
I don't believe so, Heathrow is fairly security conscious.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 01 Mar 2012
Total posts 195
I agree, take the train to the city or even go to Richmond and enjoy a nice walk in the sun and a gastro-pub lunch.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 525
I am not sure the QF lounge wil be open but if so they should let you in. You could do a lounge crawl and let us know on each QF, CX, and then bus to BA (term 5)
Member since 16 Jun 2017
Total posts 36
Novice asking here: Don’t you need to clear schengan customs before transferring to an intra-Europe flight? If that’s the case won’t you need to go to T5?
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 194
As moa999 said earlier, I'm pretty sure that you can't enter airside outbound at T3 if your flight departs from T5.
Member since 20 May 2013
Total posts 22
The UK isn’t part of Schengen so there’s no customs to clear arriving into LHR on QF1 and transiting to Europe in T5 - just have to head to ‘Flight Connections’ for a bus to T5 airside and go through security. You only clear UK immigrations and customs if you’re not transiting and entering the UK.
I think you can go through connections sign to terminal 3 through security and then go to the lounge, and then go to connections to terminal 5. Certainly worth a try if you have so many hours to kill.
Member since 11 Dec 2017
Total posts 123
If they don’t let you into T3 straight away it might worth heading straight to T5, and if you’re still keen on the T3 lounges just grab a connecting bus. Once you’re past passport control I’m pretty sure no one will be checking which terminal you should be in. My experience with the terminal busses is that they’ll happily ferry you to and fro without question.
Member since 14 Dec 2016
Total posts 32
The new Qantas lounge opens at 7:30 -7 45am I think, it's worth a visit, l spent about six hours there after arriving from Barcelona before flying back to Oz. I just followed flight connections sign and from what l remember they just do another scan of your bags at security. The ladies at reception for the lounge were amazing, so you should be okay. But l did take an early flight to Spain one day and the BA lounge in terminal 3 was surprisingly good, so hopefully it mirrors that. But with the amazing weather in England I'd head into the city too, especially if your bags are checked through. l lived in London for 7 years and this year was best summer I'd experienced.
Member since 12 Dec 2012
Total posts 290
If you are flying QF1 in F or J or have oneworld Emerald, you can use the AA Arrivals lounge in T3 and then use the train to transfer to T5 (or visit the city for a few hours before coming back to T5).I don't think there is any way to access the departures area of T3 with a T5 boarding pass.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 143
Pretty certain you can't access T3 departures area without a valid boarding pass for a flight departing from there. If you had status you could potentially use AA arrivals lounge, but you'll either need to go across to T5 and suck up a long stay in the lounges there (I'm not sure I'd do that even if I had Concorde Club access), or head into London for a few hours.
Member since 22 Jul 2015
Total posts 83
I don't believe inbound can use the QF lounge. Personally would head to T5, leave luggage and grab a cab to Windsor; lunch, walk around the town to stretch the legs and a pint or two at the Duchess of Windsor pub.
Excellent idea from Nick. Especially if the weather stays like it has been in the UK. Only point to bear in mind, depending on your flight times, would be that at peak hours, the relatively short return taxi journey could take longer than you might think.
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. The flight isn’t until November so I’ll have to look at weather, but definitely looking to leave the airport for a bit.
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