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Can you really buy annual Eurostar lounge access for £50?

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September will see a lot of Eurostar coverage on Head for Points as I have a guest writer who is putting together a series of posts on using Amex Membership Rewards points and Avios to get Eurostar tickets.

In the meantime, here is something interesting for regular Eurostar travellers.

It is (fairly) well known that holders of the American Express Platinum card get access to Eurostar lounges.  You can’t bring a guest, but if you are travelling with your partner they will also be able to get in if you issue them with a supplementary Platinum card.  (See here for my full review of the benefits of Amex Platinum.)

Reader Alan sent me this link (deleted as now dead) to the Eurostar site for travel agents, which outlines exactly which lounges you can access with an Amex Platinum.

However, this link also has another interesting titbit on it.

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It seems that Eurostar gives lounge access to the holders of various ‘frequent train traveller’ loyalty cards from across Europe.

Now, the first entry on that document lists a number of German cards issued by Deutsche Bahn which get you access to Eurostar lounges.  As you can see, it includes ‘BahnCard 25’.

‘BahnCard 25’ is the German equivalent of a railcard!  You pay €61 per year and it gives you 25% off all German rail fares.

Does this card seriously give you Eurostar lounge access?  There is a picture of one on the document, so they are presumably correct.  (EDIT – as per the comments below, there is a feeling that the list is badly written and that the Bahn 25 itself does NOT get you access.)

Deutsche Bahn seems happy to mail out BahnCard 25 cards across Europe.  The link to buy one is here.

I am not offering a 100% personal guarantee that this works, clearly.  All I’ve seen are the same documents I have linked above.  It does look like it though …. and if you are a regular Eurostar traveller then paying c £50 for annual lounge access is a great deal.


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How to earn Club Eurostar points from UK credit cards (November 2020)

Club Eurostar does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you will get the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.

American Express Platinum comes with a great Eurostar benefit – lounge access!  You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk.  No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a free supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.

Comments (8)

  • takke says:

    No. The document isn’t very clear but it states that access is available for bahn.bonus comfort members. This is an elite tier of DB’s loyalty scheme, so just having the BahnCard will not suffice. This is consistent with what is listed for the other European train operators.

    • Rob says:

      Good stuff. Well, that’s that cleared up then!

      But it doesn’t explain why they list Bahn 25 and show a picture of it ….?!

      • Juha says:

        They actually show a picture of the frequent traveller version of the BahnCard 25. Also, the second column does say bahn.bonus comfort. The resolution on the document is bad but in the upper left corner of the pictures it says ‘bahn.bonus comfort’.
        The normal BahnCards without status are green rather than silver.

        • Rob says:

          Thanks Juha. I think that clears it up fully then!

          Probably a mistake to run two speculative idea posts on the same day …..!

  • Roger says:

    A limited number of your readers could take a look at the öbb vorteilscard senior, costing €26.90 a year and currently available to over-60s in Austria.

    It seems that certain ‘seniors’ (those on benefits?) get the card free. Oh yes, it also offers benefits on, er, Austrian railways.

    The under-26 version costs €19.90. The general Classic card costs €100, or as they call it €99.90.

    As a holder of the Swiss HalbTax card, I am excluded from Eurostar lounges. The only Swiss card accepted is the most expensive one, the one that includes ALL train travel and many boats and buses in Switzerland in the cost of the card. It costs CHF 3,550 in 2nd class and CHF 5,800 in 1st class. Not giving much away there, then.

  • Dave says:

    Thanks, I’ve learned something new from this thread.

    I thought the 25 in ‘BahnCard 25′ was the age limit of the card (i.e. like our Young Persons railcard) rather than the discount. So a few years ago when I had to travel round Germany a bit I never realised I could get this card.

    Now I know better.

  • Dave says:

    It’s a shame no UK rail operators participate.

    The old East Coast Rewards scheme (previously NXEC escape, GNERtime) had a minimum qualifying spend which gave you a card valid for lounge access and on-board catering discounts in addition to the free tickets. It would have been nice if they’d teamed up with Eurostar back in those days. I know GNER in particular were very keen to promote combined GNER/Eurostar tickets.

    Does any current rail loyalty scheme have the concept of tiers? The new East Coast rewards scheme doesn’t. The Virgin Trains scheme doesn’t list the qualifying criteria any more (it’s ‘invitation only’ for people who buy tickets from their crappy trainline based website).

  • Marko says:

    Hi.

    The Eurostar document clearly states “bahn.bonus _comfort_” which means one has to have the comfort status which comes with €2,000 spent within a membership year.

    Marko