British Airways and American Airlines are to operate the British Airways Galleries Lounge at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) jointly, further strengthening the joint business relationship between the two carriers.
The Philadelphia International Airport lounge will be the second joint lounge operated by American and British Airways; the first – the Denver Admirals Club – opened in November 2010.
British Airways’ Galleries Lounge is located in PHL’s Terminal A-West, next to the A-East security entrance on the second level. With the move, American Airlines Admirals Club customers will now have access to a lounge inside the security checkpoint – a significant enhancement for American Airlines passengers departing from Philadelphia.
“American’s co-location with British Airways in Philadelphia is another example of our shared efforts to provide a more seamless and enhanced travel experience as a result of our joint business agreement,” says Nancy Knipp, American’s president – Admirals Club. “Moving into the British Airways Galleries Lounge conveniently positions our guests closer to American’s gates while offering them the state-of-the-art amenities and relaxing lounge experience they have come to expect and enjoy in our Admirals Clubs.”
The jointly operated Philadelphia lounge will be staffed by both American Airlines and British Airways premium-service representatives to serve customer needs. The lounge is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the full suite of American Airlines services and premium-service representatives available from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., the period during which American operates flights at Philadelphia.
Complimentary light fare, snacks and self-serve soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits will be available for all American Airlines guests in the British Airways Galleries Lounge.
To mark American’s co-location with British Airways in Philadelphia, American is offering a $50 discount on new Admirals Club memberships or $25 off an annual renewal membership when purchased at the Philadelphia lounge by October 31, 2011. Individual Admirals Club memberships for new members range from $350 to $500 annually, and AAdvantage miles can also be used to purchase Admirals Club memberships.
One-day passes are available for $50, and a 30-day membership – a new membership option – is available for $99. One-day and 30-day memberships can be purchased online with a U.S. credit card or at any Admirals Club location. One-day passes can also be purchased at any self-service check-in machines.
The PHL British Airways Galleries Lounge opened in July 2007 and is based on the concept designed for the Galleries Lounges at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The 5,665-square-foot lounge is airy and open with restful seating, and features the Blue and Champagne Bars, which offer ample room to relax.
In addition, the lounge offers work and entertainment zones which feature computer terminals and printers, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi access.