Oneworld's top-tier frequent flyers, including Qantas Platinums and Golds, can now scoot through the 'fast track' security lanes at London's Heathrow Airport when flying on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia.
The premium perk also extends to other oneworld partners, of course, including the Emerald and Sapphire tiers of Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo, airberlin topbonus, Finnair Plus and MAS Enrich.
Michael Blunt, oneworld's Vice-President Corporate Communications, told Australian Business Traveller that "cardholders with Emerald or Sapphire status in any oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer programme departing on any flight from London Heathrow operated by American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia will from Saturday 10 August be able to use fast track lanes through security, no matter in which cabin they are travelling."
The service will be available from all three terminals – Terminals 1, 3 and 5 – used by American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia at the UK hub.
However, as yet it doesn't extend to Sapphire-grade members travelling on other oneworld airlines ex-Heathrow such ac Cathay Pacific or Finnair.
"Roll out is on an airline by airline and airport by airport basis" Blunt said. "This expansion covered the three established airlines in the Atlantic joint business. Expect further roll outs in the future."
"Emerald and Sapphire cardholders already have access to fast track through immigration when arriving on flights operated by BA at London Heathrow" Blunt added, however this now extends the deal to those snaking security lanes.
Emerald frequent flyers already enjoy fast track through security when departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3 on Cathay Pacific.
In late January, oneworld added as a new benefit for Emerald cardholders the usage of fast tracks through security at select key airports worldwide on select oneworld member airlines.
Click here for a list of all fast track airport options available to oneworld Emeralds.
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