Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 27 Nov 2017
Total posts 37
I am flying into LHR on QF9 in J with an onward connection with BA. My stop over is several hours so I’m after a suggestion on which option is better for a good breakfast and shower - clear immigration and use the AA arrivals lounge first and then a landslide transfer to T5 or stay airside and head straight to T5 Galleries Club. I will have hand luggage only. Thanks
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 361
The AA arrivals lounge is smaller than BA's seating wise but given that QF9 is one of the first flights in Heathrow that shouldn't be a problem.
Although both have the usual hot breakfast buffet with hot and cold items, American's lounge offers a la carte dining which you can order from and the menu is wide with options like smashed avo on toast and smoked salmon tartine. Though both lounges have showers, American airlines' lounge has 30 shower suites compared to the few available in the galleries lounge. Plus, AA offer a valet pressing service that might be helpful for you if you need a crisp jacket to get started that day.
AA arrivals lounge is superior mainly because of those 30 shower suites available, which will be huge for you if you are coming from a long flight. Buffet is far superior with restaurant style a la carte dining at AA. If your priorities are breakfast and shower as you mentenioned above, AA certainly hits all your boxes.
As always, allocate plenty of time for switching terminals and getting through security.
Qantas - P1 Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 Apr 2013
Total posts 92
Hello ZQN fan. There's a few details missing in your post. I'm assuming that your BA flight will be domestic and that it will leave from terminal 5? I assume you have some status, or are flying towards the pointy end? In which case, I asked a similar question a few months ago: See:
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
You don’t need an Oyster for the Tube or free train between terminals: you can either get a free ticket at the kiosk or simply tap a contactless credit card to get in and out, and you won’t be charged for an inter-terminal transfer.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
ZQN Fan, ChrisCh is right. You don’t need an Oyster Card between terminals (although the Heathrow express into London is anything but free, it’s outrageously expensive). One other thought, you don’t say how long your layover is, but if you have enough time then the option to leave the airport and go somewhere local (say Windsor or even London) does exist. Obviously this does depend on your thinking and layover time. In my view none of the lounge options you’ve laid out are worth spending an inordinate amount of time at. So that may be an option worth considering.
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