LHR T5 lounge logistics for connecting passengers going into London

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  1. Canadi>n
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    I've got a 9-hour connection at LHR my BA flights arriving/departing T5. Flying WT but hold AA OW Emerald status so know I can access various BA departure lounges, including the First Class facility. However, also recognize OW status will not give me access to the BA Arrivals Lounge. So...

    Assuming I have my onward boarding pass, I can use the First Class facility (shower, have breakfast) but will it then be possible to head to immigration and go land side to get into London? Do arriving and departing passengers at T5 intermingle as in the other LHR terminals, or are they segregated as at US and Canadian airports?

    Thanks for any guidance that may be provided.
     
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    Arrivng/departing passengers are not able to intermingle at any terminal.

    You cannot "just leave" the departures area of T5 to clear immigration and exit the airport, although I've heard of smokers being escorted in/out.

    I think you have to be flying J or F in order to use the BA Arrivals Lounge in T5, but, as an OW Emerald, you could probably use the AA Arrivals lounge in T3 before heading into the city.
     
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    The official route is a slightly complicated and sometimes time-consuming business, and the process seems to change from time to time. But it is possible to be de-controlled from the departures side so that you can re-join the arrivals stream and exit the terminal.

    It's said that you can also DIY this by taking the transit to T5C as if you were going to board a flight there, but then not getting off at T5C and travelling back to T5A on the same transit, which serves the arrivals stream on the return half of the journey. I've never yet seen anyone actually do this (whether staff or pax).

    I understand that you may also find that the onward boarding pass you used to reach the lounge in the first instance will no longer work and you will have to get a new one printed before you can re-enter security.
    You'd have to arrive on AA to qualify for access as an AA Emerald, but you can pay to use it (although why AA should price a London-only facility in USD is a bit beyond me):
     
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    Guess a AA codeshare doesn't count?

    Thanks all for your responses.
     
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    My understanding (and I reserve the right to be wrong) is that you need to be Emerald AND be on a OW carrier. That OW carrier does not necessarily need to be the carrier you have OW status from (AA).
     
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    I took my earlier comment from something on the same page:-
    The QF website says something subtly different for those arriving on QF flights (ie there is no access based purely on tier; you must be travelling F or J):-
    And the BA website says this (which doesn't make clear whether a passenger arriving at T5 on a BA flight can use the T3 arrivals lounge at all):-
    So taking all of these together, it does not seem obvious that an AA Emerald can use the AA arrivals lounge if arriving on a BA flight.
     
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    I may have misunderstood the question. I thought the question was about the ability to use BA Galleries lounges in T5, not just arrivals.
     
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    Sorry, you're definitely right about that. Of course, at T5 pretty much the only airline is BA - just a handful of IB flights there at the moment. But any OW Emerald can use the appropriate departures lounges.

    We've been confusingly having another discussion too about whether one of the arrivals lounges might sort out the OP's problem.
     
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    Yes, I now see the conundrum. I'm a bit surprised that AA wouldn't try to offer the use of their Arrivals lounge to other OW carriers and charge them something. But, maybe they have and the price was too steep. I've never seen it crowded like some of the BA lounges so I'm guessing they have excess capacity.
     
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    But AA does offer the arrivals lounge to other airlines: as you can see above, it's used by AA, BA and QF - and a little digging quickly showed that CX also uses it.

    The difference between the airlines is in whether they offer access to the AA arrivals lounge to any of their passengers other than those who've flown first or business class, and if so, which.

    They are consistent in that when they do, it's only to their own higher tier members and not to higher tier members of other oneworld schemes who've flown with them. Thus the OP can't get in to the AA lounge on the strength of flying BA as an AA higher tier member.
     
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    Another option would be booking a room at the yotel in t4. It was used as the continental arrivals lounge. For a normal paying customer, you book in 4 hour blocks and its great to shower and take a nap, especially if you didn't get enough sleep on your earlier flight.

    T4 is a little of a pain to get to...
     
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    Good point. Before I got an upgrade on a recent flight into LHR and got a nap on my flight, I was debating a nap at the yotel during my layover. Interesting to note that even though they state a 4-hour minimum the website will also let you book less than 4 hours.
     
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