I wrote about the United Club lounge in the new Heathrow Terminal 2 recently. This is the only Priority Pass lounge in the terminal for anyone who is not flying on a business or first class ticket. It is excellent.
Terminal 2 does now have a ‘pay for entry’ lounge in the shape of Plaza Premium. The Plaza Premium brand is little known in Europe but they are a well established operator of luxury independent airline lounges in Asia, Canada and the Middle East.
I have been invited to tour the new lounge and hope to get over there next month. In the meantime, here are a couple of photographs supplied by the company:
As the company itself says:
Sleek, contemporary and accessible to all, Plaza Premium Lounge will offer travellers five luxury shower rooms, five private en-suite relaxation rooms, a wellness spa area with an exclusive treatment menu by British organic spa brand, ILA, a champagne bar, and a selection of food, drinks, tapas and freshly baked artisan breads. Business facilities including high-speed Wi-Fi, a selection of international newspapers and magazines, televisions and full flight information are also offered.
The standard rate is £38 for a two hour visit. During August, this is being reduced to £28 as an opening offer. This includes a free 5-minute massage. If you are heading off on a special trip this month from Terminal 2, it is certainly worth considering.
You will find the lounge in the main Terminal 2 building, not the B satellite. The opening hours are 5am to 11pm.
Interestingly, in an email this week, Heathrow Rewards said that you will be able to redeem points for entry. It is not yet showing on the Heathrow Rewards site as a redemption option however.
Meanwhile, Plaza Premium has revealed that it is working on two further projects at Heathrow. It is currently working on an Arrivals Lounge in Terminal 2 and an airside departure lounge in Terminal 4. The Terminal 4 lounge is slated for a 2014 opening – no date was given for the Terminal 2 arrivals lounge.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.