Trip Report & Review – British Airways Galleries Lounge Washington-Dulles

by Enoch

As the last extended vacation of my life (aka right after graduating college), I put together a pretty big trip to Asia. Thanks to the kind feedback, here’s round two of my guest trip report series (and I promise, there will only be one Cathay Pacific flight in this one).

Interestingly, like my last trip report, this trip started off with a visit to the British Airways Galleries Lounge. I scheduled a 5-hour layover in Dulles so that I could check out the different lounges at the airport. My Priority Pass gave me access to the British Airways Galleries Lounge, even though I would be flying with United.

The lounge is one floor above the gate level, but the entrance is one of the first things I saw when I stepped out of the train that connects the different concourses. An elevator took me up to the second floor.

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It is interesting to note that the lounge is only accessible to Priority Pass holders from 7 am to 2 pm, likely because the lounge gets crowded after with all the departing BA flights in the afternoon. Additionally, there were two parts to the lounge…the Priority Pass-accessible one has windows that face the tarmac, while the other side of the lounge (not accessible to me) faces the interior of the concourse.

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At 7:30 am, I was the only guest in the lounge. The lounge had huge windows and a big TV, as well as a variety of seating options.

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There is a pretty decent selection of snacks and beverages—the usuals for British Airways lounges. Personally, I am a sucker for wasabi peas, and must have consumed at least half of the gigantic jar.

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Not sure if they were available all day, but there were also juices and milk bottles (the ice was most definitely missing from the chiller).

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The self-service bar was extensive—nothing top shelf but a good selection nonetheless. I heard the Woodford Reserve calling my name, but I figure 7:30 in the morning was a little too early 😛

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The Coffee/Tea bar tucked all the way to the back of the lounge had chips and cookies. I treated myself to a bottle of (un-chilled?) milk and a stack of Oreos.

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There was an area for what I assumed to be hot food later in the day as well…

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I settled in at the bar that has a chiller incorporated in the middle for…well…easy access. And of course, I wouldn’t miss out on a chance to plane-spot through the huge windows.

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All in all, the lounge had pretty standard offerings for a British Airways Galleries lounge, though the decor was nice and the atmosphere was relaxing. To be fair, the lounge was completely empty, but even when it gets crowded, I can see it being a pretty good home base at Dulles for those who have Priority Pass as one of their credit card membership perks.

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Dan March 17, 2015 - 1:08 pm

I have access (one-time) with my Lounge Club membership (with Chase Ink). Do you think the limited times would apply to that as well?

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Enoch March 17, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Yes—I believe the hours for Lounge Club access is the same as for Priority Pass, 7 am to 2 pm.

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