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Plaza Premium lounge in Heathow Terminal 2 now available on Priority Pass

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Next week I will be running a full review of the Plaza Premium lounge in the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow. I was lucky enough to be given a private tour last week.

I was told at the time that they were in negotiations with Priority Pass which were due to be completed very soon.

Plaza Premium Heathrow 2

I saw yesterday that Plaza Premium is now showing on the Priority Pass website. More impressively, for American Express Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders, it is showing on the Lounge Club website as well.  Amex Gold cardholders get free entry to 2 Lounge Club lounges per year.

This is particularly valuable, as the other Priority Pass option – United Club, out in the 2B satellite, is NOT a Lounge Club member.

While you wait for my review, there are some photos of Plaza Premium in this HfP article. It is particularly convenient for Virgin Little Red and Aer Lingus customers without lounge access as those flights should almost always depart from the main building.

For one off visits, you can buy passes in advance via the Plaza Premium website.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four 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.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 you get a 30,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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 (9)

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  • Alison says:

    Had the wonderful experience of this new (Queens’ Terminal) Plazas Prem lounge this past week. Relaxing mood lighting, great food and very different from the LHR lounge alternatives (Air Canada Maple Leaf or new United Club.). Was granted access as a Star Alliance Gold member. Curious, you write that AMEX Gold is now posting this lounge. Would it work for AMEX Platinum too? (or is Platinum taken care of w Priority Pass? PPass was not yet available when I came through on 9/12).

    • Raffles says:

      Priority Pass is now accepted, as is the Lounge Club card that Amex Gold members get.

  • NEIL says:

    This post got me looking at the PP website where I noticed we can also now access the T4 Skyteam lounge..hadn’t seen that before.

    • Polly says:

      Thanks Neil, v useful to know… Very restricted before unless you had an invite at check in….

  • Empers says:

    I visited for about 1hour on Sunday 31st and paid £25 through a Loungebuddy app deal. To be honest I was not all that impressed, but I am comparing it to most of my lounge trips which are the BA lounges at T5. Decor and ambiance is the major bonus. But the lounge is a lot smaller than I thought it would be, when all the airlines have moved to T2 this place will be packed! The rate included two small glasses of beer or wine, anything more was an additional charge. I noticed that almost all the fridges behind the bar were empty, so maybe beverage offerings will improve. I had mixed feelings about the food, it was generally good but did not meet my expectations after reading the PR releases. Hot food was a chicken curry (very nice) , noodles, Spanish chorizo potato dish and some vegetables I think. A couple of soups and some noodle/rice pot for Asian influences. Salad bar was disappointing and other starter stuff forgettable. I expected fresh artisan breads like the website or PR release stated, but a small number of solid stale rolls were the only offering. Lots of flies on the salads and puddings put me off. For some reason there were no metal knifes, so bendy plastic ones were provided. Wifi was only working in the limited central seating area adjacent to the food area, something they acknowledged and said they were looking to get fixed. Magazine and paper selection were ok. I may try it again when it is more established and they have resolved the teething problems, but only if my employer is paying, I would not spend my own money (especially when heathrow rewards gets you decent wifi and the restaurant selection looks excellent in T2a) .

  • Rob says:

    Yes, I also had bendy knives and also failed to get the Wi-Fi to work when sitting in the area where the computers are.

    It certainly isn’t small though. Did you go through the (unmarked) door next to the loo? This is where the bedrooms, shower rooms and the snazzy spa are to be found.

    If anything, it would (without the Priority Pass deal) have got quieter over time. At the moment it is covering for Turkish and SAS as the Lufthansa lounge is not yet open. Those airlines will depart as soon as the LH facility is available. There were never more than 10 people in it the whole time I was there.

    But more of my thoughts later in the week ….

  • Matt says:

    Had the chance to experience the Plaza Premium lounge this morning, circa 5.20am. I was among only 4 others in there at the time, and food was still being put out. Very nice ambiance, with background music and a slight oriental feel. A few nice cubby hole type places for added privacy if needed. 3 PCs for use. Serviced bar which stacked your main brands spirits and liquors.

    Breakfast was a little odd and very very cluttered. Hot selection was porridge, baked beans, sausages and boiled eggs (shell on) which is kinda weird…

    Not much in the way of bread, but some rolls are present, some mini finger sandwiches, croissants and muffins. Fresh juice is apple or orange, and they supply the smallest glasses ive ever seen to drink from!!

    Didn’t test the wifi as my 4G was working fine.

    All in all a nice lounge, although it could be a different scenario at busier times. But I like the lounge and its feel!

    Next Monday I will try the AC lounge and report back!

  • Matt says:

    Oops, ignore the AC lounge part, this is for another forum.

  • My review of Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow T2 says:

    […] revealed last weekend that the Plaza Premium lounge in the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow had joined Priority Pass and Lounge Club.  I didn’t know this when I arranged to have a private tour of the facility last week, but […]

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