Lounge Review: British Airways Club and First Lounge Philadelphia (PHL)

I was arriving at PHL from an international flight departing Munich. I had a 3 hour layover and was looking for a lounge to sit down and kill some time in between flights. First I opened the Priority Pass app on my phone and was shocked that there is no lounge at this airport which can be accessed with a Priority Pass card. Then I saw the sign for the British Airways lounge and headed straight there.

Being an AAdvantage Executive Platinum / Oneworld Emerald member gave me the option to use this lounge. I was second in line and was checked in quickly. Because of being an Emerald member, I was able to choose if I would like to use the Business Class or First Class part of the lounge.

Coffee and Wine Bar at the Club Side

Coffee and Wine Bar at the Club Side


Business Class / Club Area of the Lounge

Business Class / Club Area of the Lounge


Bar at the Club Side

Bar at the Club Side


Snacks at the Club Side

Snacks at the Club Side

Th concierge at the check-in told me that the drinks are better at the First Class area, but the other side has more seating available.

If you actually fly on British Airways and have an actual Business or First Class ticket you can use the designated dinning areas. Otherwise they have a small snack bar with soup, sandwiches and chips and of course lots of drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

First Dining

First Dining


First Dining

First Dining


First Class Area of the Lounge

First Class Area of the Lounge


First Class Side Wine Bar

First Class Side Wine Bar


Snacks at the First Class Side

Snacks at the First Class Side


Coffee and Drinks Bar at the First Class Side

Coffee and Drinks Bar at the First Class Side

I arrived shortly after the lounge opened for today and staff were still preparing some things here and there. Service was good and staff comes by to check on you if you need anything else or to take your finished plates.

There are not to many power outlets, but it got solved by putting power strips between the seating areas. This looks a little bit like a patch up instead of great design, but hey I won’t complain about that. Better than no power outlets at all and being stranded with an empty battery.

The same lounge is used by Qatar Airways during the morning, when they operate their flights.

B marks the location of the lounge

B marks the location of the lounge

The lounge is located between the A-West and A-East gates. If you enter through the closest security checkpoint, make a right and the lounge will come up after a few feet to your right hand side.

  • British Airways first class and business class (Club Europe, Club World) guests
  • Passengers connecting to or from a 5+ hour business class or first class flight on any Oneworld airline, even if the shorter leg is in economy
  • British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members
  • Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members travelling onwards with the same

Top-tier frequent flyers including British Airways Executive Club Gold and Oneworld Emerald members can use the first class area of the lounge, which is to the left from the check-in.

  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary Snacks and Drinks (Water, Coffee, Wine and Beers)
  • Variety of Snacks (hot and cold, depending on the time of your visit)
  • Business Area with printer
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Flight Information Monitor
  • Dining Experience for First and Business Class Ticket Holders

daily from 3:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m.

The same lounge is used in the morning by Qatar Airways.

Location
B marks the location of the lounge

B marks the location of the lounge

The lounge is located between the A-West and A-East gates. If you enter through the closest security checkpoint, make a right and the lounge will come up after a few feet to your right hand side.

Access
  • British Airways first class and business class (Club Europe, Club World) guests
  • Passengers connecting to or from a 5+ hour business class or first class flight on any Oneworld airline, even if the shorter leg is in economy
  • British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members
  • Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members travelling onwards with the same

Top-tier frequent flyers including British Airways Executive Club Gold and Oneworld Emerald members can use the first class area of the lounge, which is to the left from the check-in.

Amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary Snacks and Drinks (Water, Coffee, Wine and Beers)
  • Variety of Snacks (hot and cold, depending on the time of your visit)
  • Business Area with printer
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Flight Information Monitor
  • Dining Experience for First and Business Class Ticket Holders
Hours of Operation

daily from 3:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m.

The same lounge is used in the morning by Qatar Airways.

British Airways Club and First Lounge Philadelphia (PHL)

7.8

Food

8.0/10

Bar

8.0/10

Amenities

7.5/10

Design

7.5/10

WiFi

7.5/10

Service

7.5/10

Views

7.0/10

Location

9.0/10

Pros

  • Dining Area (if you have the required ticket)
  • Close to security checkpoint

Cons

  • very limited seating in the first class area

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