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Plaza Premium Lounge now open in Heathrow Terminal 2 – more terminals soon

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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:

Plaza Premium Heathrow 3

and

Plaza Premium Heathrow 2

and

Plaza Premium Heathrow 1
It looks pretty impressive, I’m sure you will agree.

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 can prebook access via their website here.

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.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (April 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list 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 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

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.

Comments (10)

  • andy stock says:

    Visited the one at HK, which I rated above no 1 lounges. Looks impressive.

  • Col A-B says:

    So given I’ll be flying Virgin Little Red from T2 on the day they move there, any idea which of the United Club or Plaza Premium will be a better location?

    • Raffles says:

      Almost certainly Plaza Premium as that is in the main terminal where presumably Little Red, as a short haul airline, will go from. However, United Club is free with a Priority Pass whilst Plaza Premium must be paid for so they are not really comparable unless you have a ‘pay as you go’ Priority Pass.

  • FIRSTclstraveller says:

    Looks really good, I’m not sure about the 5 minute massage though. Seems a lot of bother to get ready for a massage which only lasts a short time!

    • oyster says:

      There won’t be any getting ready other than to sit down face forwards in a massage chair.
      Don’t expect oils, scents and calm music!

    • CV3V says:

      VS used to offer in flight massage in Upper, it was a sit down in one of those upright massage chairs, was more of a back/shoulders massage. Which was actually pretty effective after carrying your hand carry luggage about.

  • Odin says:

    If you travel frequently via T2 they offer a 5/10 visit card which comes down to approx 24£/19£ per visit respectivly (199$/299$) as found here: http://www.plaza-network.com/giftcard/buy.

    Plus you can use that accross all of their lounges.

  • Rob says:

    VERY interesting, perhaps it will become a Priority Pass lounge as well in time.

  • squills says:

    Amazing. Get in quick, I suggest. So easy to get Airport Angel, so difficult to find discounts elsewhere on Plaza Premium valid for UK.

  • Alex Walker says:

    Popped in yesterday for a quick nose around (I work at T2).
    You’ll be impressed !
    It’s very much off pitch, so there won’t be much walk up traffic. Yesterday during the morning peak there were only two customers.

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