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Airport lounge access and cheap travel insurance via Barclays Premier

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A Head for Points comment last week pointed me in the direction of Barclays Premier.  This is the ‘premium’ current account offered by the bank.  It has a £10 monthly fee and you must earn £75,000 or have £100,000 saved or invested with Barclays.  The fee is waived if you earn £150,000 or have £150,000 saved or invested.

Barclays Premier

On top of the usual fee, Barclays Premier customers can add the ‘Premier Travel Plus Pack’ for £11.50 per month.  (Click on ‘Personalise My Account’ on the page I linked to above.)  This includes:

Worldwide family travel insurance (age cap of 70)

RAC cover

Airport lounge access via Airport Angel

Airport Angel covers 560 lounges across the world.  You receive 6 free visits (further visits charged at £15) which can be used either by yourself or for others travelling with you.

I have not come across Airport Angel before.  It is linked to CPP (oh dear!) who I assume are working with Priority Pass, as I doubt CPP would have negotiated 560 airport lounge access agreements on their own.

Whilst I have not been able to confirm this, the person who flagged this said that you can add the Premier Travel Plus Pack on a month-by-month basis.  This means that you can join up when you have booked your holiday – to receive the travel insurance and use the airport lounge – and then cancel it when you get home.

If this sounds interesting, you should definitely look into it more closely before committing.  On the face of it, though, it sounds OK.  Note that, as with all of the airport lounge schemes, it is no use when flying British Airways from Heathrow Terminal 5 as there are no third-party lounges in the terminal.

Comments (32)

  • Nick says:

    I’ve got a standard Barclays account, and I can add on the travel pack. No need for premium.

    And, it is a montly thing – no need to sign up for the full year. It’s actually pretty decent, I think. European RAC cover is a necessity for me anyway, and the travel insurance policy covers me and my girlfriend. The price of the travel pack is about the same as separate travel insurance and RAC cover. The lounge access is a therefore a freebie, but Raffles has spoiled it for me as I rarely fly economy any more anyway! And the lounges you can access are pretty poor.

    As regards the Airport Angels thing – you can apply for your card at any time whilst you are paying for the monthly travel pack. The membership lasts a year, and is renewed provided that you are still making payments for the travel pack. I think this means you could cancel the payments as soon as you get your airport angels access; and then start up again as it is about to renew. It’s a lot of hassle though – I’m happy to just pay for the package anyway, and I see the airport lounge access as a bit of a freebie.