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I arrived early for my flight back to LA and wanted to check out both the American Airlines Admiral’s Club London Heathrow and the Galleries lounge nearby
And boy oh booooyyyyy did I spend very little time in the American Airlines Admiral’s club. Once you’re through security in Terminal 3 you’ll head to the right and encounter the British Airways Galleries lounge first, then proceed further towards transit, and you’ll see the Admiral’s Club tucked away a little off the main terminal.
Who Can Enter:
- International Business/First Class ticket holders with One World airlines
- One World Sapphire
- Admiral’s Club members
- Citi Prestige Cardholders
The American Airlines Admiral’s Club London Heathrow Terminal 3
is subpar for a premium lounge in a world-class airport like London Heathrow. I understand that British Airways has a chokehold on Heathrow and terminal 5 is exclusively BA, but this is terminal 3 and if you’re going to do something…do it well. It needs to be redone. It’s so far below the standard at JFK or LAX that they need to give this lounge a sprucing.
The lounge is a place to go that has wifi, computer access, showers, and a tv lounge. But all of it is tired and old, and they take no passion in presenting what they have to offer – and it shows. If you’re considering which lounge to put your One World loving bum…choose British Airways – it’s legit.
One positive is the access to electricity. Ben Franklin would be proud
There are showers…and they aren’t bad
If you’re accessing this lounge because of the Citi Prestige card or membership in Admiral’s Club…it’s deifnitely nicer than having to pay for stuff in the terminal, has access to wifi, computers, and some entertainment. You can also get some free booze, wine and beer. So those are worthwhile if you’re gaining access by those above mentioned means. But, if you’re accessing this lounge because you’re One World Sapphire/Emerald or on a premium fare…skip it and go to BA.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
In Chase branch: 70k Points after $4k spend in 3 months ( make appt with banker –Information about this card has been collected independently by Monkey Miles. Card issuer is not responsible for the information or accuracy.)
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.