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T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

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T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

We are arriving on BA in Terminal 5 Heathrow for a 5 hour layover (from LAX) before departing from Terminal 5 to Cape Town on BA. We would like to relax in one of the lounges in Terminal 3 because we have a Priority Pass or an American Airlines Admirals Club Card. We are flying Premium Economy, so do not receive access to the BA lounge in Terminal 5. Can anyone offer advice? How difficult is it to get through immigration and make our way to Terminal 3 and back in 5 hours? Any information regarding this would be extremely helpful! We are flying May 11, 2014 .

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1. Re: T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

You will not be able to use any of the airside lounges at T3, as they are available only to pax who hold boarding passes for flights departing from that terminal building.

If your AA Admirals Club card will allow you to use the Arrivals lounge at T3 you may do so as it is landside, but if that isn't an option then the Air Canada Arrivals lounge at T3 is a Priority Pass lounge so you may use your passes there.

The Arrivals lounges close at about 1300 to 1400 so you will be able to visit the lounge only if you've booked BA282.

It could take 45 minutes to just under an hour to make your way from the arriving flight at T5 to T3; you will need to complete landing cards with 'in transit' written rather than a UK address. From T5 make your way to the HEX station for the free train to Heathrow Central, then about a six or seven minute walk to T3.

You will need to repeat the return journey back to T5; ensure you are at the T5 Security check point no later than 35 minutes before scheduled departure time for the flight to CPT as otherwise you will be offloaded as nowshows. The flight to CPT will very likely depart from a gate at one of the satellite terminal buildings (as will your flight from LAX have arrived at a satellite gate) with the walk from the main terminal building to those gates a solid 10 minutes at a brisk pace.

If you move quickly you might have a couple of hours in the Arrivals lounge at T3, but please keep an eye on your watch when there.

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2. Re: T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

Agree with everything TPlus said above. Watch your time carefully.

The AC lounge at T3 is nice and quiet enough. You can get a shower and a breakfast.

The lounge could be somewhat hard-to-find for first time visitors. Refer to the map below:

aircanada.com/en/…lhr.html

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3. Re: T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

Given the same timelines we apply on the London forum for layovers and going landside to visit central London ....

Immigration/Customs - up to an hour

Be back at departing terminal (T5) - 2 hours before departure

Time to transit between T5-T3 - up to 20 mins each way (including wait time for the HEX).

That's 3hr40 of your five hour transit taken up, leaving only 1hr20 for the lounge. And, by the time you've found your way to the AC or AA lounge you may have only an hour there, before having to make your way back.

Given all that hassle it's not something I'd bother to do.

(It would disappoint me if I had a paid for Admirals Club membership and couldn't use the BA lounge or 1W lounges. United Club members get access to Lufthansa and other Star lounges).

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4. Re: T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

BA lounges are the same as other Oneworld lounges around the world,they are for status or premium passengers.There is no paid access.

The OP does not state if he has any AA status.Plats get lounge access.

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5. Re: T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

Thank you! This is fantastic detailed information. I think that given your advice we will elect to just stay in Terminal 5 for the five hours and look for alternative ways to relax and rest. Again, thank you for posting great information!

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6. Re: T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

I agree with all the posts and really appreciate all of you that have taken the time to provide such wonderful information. We are OneWorld members (Gold) and Priority Pass Club Members, AA Admirals Club Card Members, and Lounge Club Card Members as well. However, unfortunately - and this is ridiculous, we are not able to access the British Airways lounge in Terminal 5 with any of those memberships. Disappointing! We are flying Premium Economy and because we are not flying Business/First and we are not Platinum members we do not qualify for their lounge. If any of you have suggestions for places to relax in Terminal 5 for 5 hours, that would be greatly appreciated! Again, Thank you!

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7. Re: T5 to T3 Heathrow to Access an Airport Lounge to rest?

I think LHR T5 would benefit from having a pay per use lounge airside, but sadly the airport authority and airline chose not to place one there.

With five hours between arrival and departure you may make your way leisurely to Flight Connections from your arriving flight, which will probably use a gate at the B or C satellite terminal building. From Flight Connections you will go back through to Departures in the main terminal building, which is packed with shops and a handful of restos and cafes.

The area around gates A10 and A11 tends to be busy and crowded, so for peace and quiet head to the far ends of the terminal, the areas around gates A1 to A5 or gates A15 to A17. There should be more seating available and for the most part you should be able to find a quieter spot to watch the planes on the apron and wait until time to go to the gate for your flight to CPT.

If you would like to go landside, perhaps to walk a little out of doors or to have a meal at the Sofitel adjacent to T5 you may go through UK passport control and do so as well. Write 'in transit' on the landing cards and tell the immigration agent you want to get some fresh air and exercise before your next flight.

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