We investigate which British Airways lounges passengers of BA get access to if they are flying out of Bangkok airport. There is much confusion as there is no official British Airways lounge in Bangkok airport.
The Cathay Pacific lounge, which is the partner lounge that BA frequent flyers and those traveling in Business Class get access to, isn’t very good. In fact, whatever class you fly in on BA or any other airline, if you have a Priority Pass, you should choose the Air France KLM lounge or the Oman Air above the Cathay Pacific airline lounge.
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Free Airport Lounge Access
If you have not paid for Business Class or First Class, you can access lounges at this airport for a fee or for free if you have a Priority Pass. Get an unlimited Priority Pass with the Amex Platinum card, or you can also access most Priority Pass lounges for free using the free American Express Gold with its two free Lounge Club passes. To get extra referral points and advice on these free-lounge-access cards and more, have a read of our best credit cards for luxury travel.
1. Cathay Pacific Lounge
The Cathay Pacific Lounge in Concourse G is a good airport lounge at Bangkok airport. Cathay Pacific has a great reputation, so you might expect more from this lounge than is actually offered, as this lounge is quite small and has no tarmac views. The look is modern but very generic, with little indication that you are about to fly on one of the best airlines in Asia.
This is the OneWorld lounge that you will have access to if you are flying with British Airways. If you are flying BA and also have a Priority Pass, there are better lounges than this… pick the KLM-Air France or Oman Air lounges over this one for a classier experience. I have reviewed the KLM-Air France and Oman Air lounges below, but remember, you only have access to these two lounges if you hold a Priority Pass. Your BA Business Class ticket or BA frequent flyer status will not get you in.
The buffet is good (not great but good), mainly with cold cuts, cheeses, and little buns with fillings, so this lounge is worth stopping by. There are also extravagant salads to help yourself to, which are placed in large glass bowls, along with cut fruit, whole fruit, and cookies. Big fridges contain soft drinks, plus you have the usual wine, beer, and spirits in the same self-serve area.
There is no doubt that this is a very decent club lounge with a good food offering, but it lacks any links to the Cathay Pacific brand and could be any lounge anywhere in the world connected to any airline.
2. Air France – KLM SkyLounge
While you won’t get access to the Air France – KLM SkyLounge with your British Airways ticket, if you have a Priority Pass, you should use this lounge as it is much better than the Cathay Pacific lounge outlined above.
The Air France – KLM SkyLounge is located in the International Terminal, airside, in Concourse F, near gate F2. You could actually walk to this lounge regardless of the Concourse that your flight is departing from (as long as it’s an international flight) because this lounge is not far from the central area.
This airport lounge is open 24 hours a day, and you get access if you are an Air France or KLM Business Class passenger or if you are an elite status holder. SkyTeam partner airline members also get access. Finally, this is also a Priority Pass lounge and is one of the best Priority Pass lounges our reviewers have experienced. It’s a great lounge.
The lounge has a shiny Air France and KLM logo in silver above the door, so you can’t miss it. Once inside, the lounge is classy with an outdoor to indoor feel with pine and white walls and furnishings and lots of palm or fern style plants.
The lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows on one side and green plants on the other. The seating is separated into pine booths, so you have plenty of privacy. The best seats face towards the big windows so you can watch the planes move about and park up. These are great seats for aviation geeks like me!
There is also a high table with high stools if you want to work or be sociable (as there are seats on either side of the table). There are magazines and newspapers in a rack against the wall and at one end of the lounge. There are also some rather grotesque massage chairs. There are also toilets and shower rooms in this lounge.
The right side of the lounge is dedicated to the self-serve buffet area with a great selection of food and drinks. There are also some cafe-style chairs and tables here with views out to the tarmac again, which is really nice while you are eating.
There are plenty of soft drinks in glass-sided fridges. The usual selection including, canned Coke, Sprite, Fanta, tonic water, etc., bottled water, tomato juice, and milk. There is also a choice of Heineken and Singha beer in the fridge. In addition, you will find apple and orange juice, a coffee machine, and tea bags. There are also spirits and bottles of wine.
Breakfast is great here and includes hot and cold items, including omelets, sausages, beans, and ham, as well as the Asian option of fried rice and instant noodles. In addition, there is bread, pastries, yogurts, chocolate eclairs, cereals, cut fruit fish cakes, cold sandwiches (egg and ham, vegan cheese, potato salad sandwich mini beef burger, tune cucumber cup, etc.), and instant noodles. There are cakes; chocolate, lemon, and butter, and also a delicious apple tart as well as ice cream, crisps, and nuts. For an airport lounge, this is quite a feast!
Overall, the Air France-KLM Lounge has to be the joint best Priority Pass lounge at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. The Oman Air Lounge is also a brilliant Priority Pass lounge at this airport.
3. Oman Air First & Business Class Lounge
For something with Arabic flair, the Oman Air First & Business Class Lounge, which is located in the International Terminal, airside, in Concourse E, is as good as the Air France or KLM. It simply has a better style and better cupcakes. It’s hard to choose which is best…
This is a Priority Pass lounge and is one of the best Priority Pass lounges at Bangkok airport. You can also buy access to this lounge for around $40 USD per person. Equally, you can access the Oman Air lounge if you are flying on Oman Air in Business Class or if you are an elite member of Oman Air’s Sinbad program.
This lounge is really smart and stylish with light grey furnishings and classy black and grey walls with lots of metallic and mother of pearl detailing. It feels very Arabic. There are also two big iMacs on a bar-style high table with stools.
The buffet is also classy and backlit with blue lighting. There’s a Nespresso machine, tea, Arabic coffee, with fridges underneath containing plenty of soft drinks. There’s an array of self-serve spirits and wines, including Chandon Champagne. The food is also impressive, with lots of hot options laid out in huge frying pans like biryani rice, spinach cutlets, mini quiches, fish kebabs, and chicken tikka.
For breakfast, there are lots of cereals, little delicious pots of Bircher muesli, smoothies and juices, pastries (loads of them), and beautiful cupcakes. It is a fairly incredible spread for an airport lounge, and if you are used to US Domestic lounges or your average Priority Pass lounges, you will be blown away with the spread.
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