Bits: first photos of Aspire lounge in Terminal 5, Dragonpass lounge deal, free Hilton Gold via Etihad transferable

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First photographs of the Aspire lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5

Thanks to reader Neil, I can share a couple of photographs of the new Aspire airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5.  This officially opens on Monday and is not yet listed on the Priority Pass website.  I think these are the first pictures of it to appear anywhere.

Aspire lounge Heathrow


Aspire Heathrow Terminal 5 lounge

I should be there next week so I will report back.  Once I know exactly what cards are accepted, I will write an article on the best ways to gain access.

If you are planning to visit the Aspire lounge and do not have a Priority Pass, your best option is to book in advance and guarantee admission via the Aspire website here.


Dragonpass lounge deal in The Telegraph TODAY

Dragonpass is a Priority Pass-clone which is trying to gain traction in the UK.  There is an interesting deal in The Telegraph today, ie Saturday.

You usually need to buy a Dragonpass membership card for £60 before you can buy their lounge passes.  With this offer, you can just buy the passes you need for the standard cost of £15 each.  This is the same cost as having a Priority Pass, except that Priority Pass will charge you £69 for your card first!

More details are on The Telegraph website here.  Remember that you can get one for free today if you spend £10 at Waitrose and show a My Waitrose card!

Hilton Gold 350

Etihad ‘free Hilton Gold’ offer IS transferable

Finally, you may have had an email from Etihad yesterday offering free Hilton HHonors Gold membership until the end of October, with an extension to March 2017 if you complete three stays.

The link in the email can only be used once.  However, the offer is fully transferable.  I proved this.  I got the email from Etihad but input the details of my wife’s account (which is under a different surname so it was clear to Hilton that it was not me).  She was instantly upgraded to Gold.

I now need to decide whether I should put three stays through her account in order to get her Gold status until March 2017.  It would allow me to let my own Gold lapse after March 2016.

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  1. Did everyone get the Etihad offer? I don’t seem to have received it, do you need to be a certain status with them to receive it?

    • I got it and am just a basic member. I only have 5774 guest miles from four flights in April. The email subject was “Enjoy an upgrade to Hilton Honors Gold plus earn up to quadruple miles”

    • I’m a basic member. My 15000 points came from signing up and converting Heathrow Reward points.

    • Not sure, I am Gold

    • Colin JE says:

      Nope, I didn’t get it either. Etihad Gold member, though no flights (given because of AirBerlin status). But all my email preferences are turned ON. Have checked my spam folder and nothing. Wonder how they decided who to send it to…

  2. Rich Spencer says:

    Anyone know if the 3 Hilton stays could be reward stays?

    • Yes they can.
      I did a mvp challenge last month and did 4 reward stays for 5k each and got gold. Also got a 5k bonus per stay 🙂

      • So you spent 20k and got 20k back? Impressive!

      • +1 here. AND they paid me 2.5k points per stay bonus on top thanks to the bonus from the credit card – which I had already canceled months ago. So I spent 20k points and got 30k points, gold status, and the 4 nights with free breakfast 😀

  3. From what I can on the Hilton offer the link they send only works for one account (regardless of which one you use)

  4. Marwan says:

    Along the same lines, anyone knows if bookings made through a third party would count for the 3 stays?

  5. Kristian says:

    Judging by last year the code for free Dragonpass will be TELEDP15

  6. Kristian says:
    We are offering Telegraph subscribers the chance to purchase a single lounge visit at the fantastic price of only £15 per person per visit. The DragonPass eCertificate will give you access to to over 750 lounges worldwide with no annual membership fees.

    How does it work?

    For each visit you purchase you will be sent a single-use eCertificate that you need to print off and hand over as you enter the lounge. You can also just show your DragonPass eCertificate on either your smartphone or tablet when you enter the lounge.

    Before purchasing an eCertificate we suggest that you use our Lounge Search function to ensure that we have a lounge in our network to suit your travel needs. You can then either click through from the search results or click the Buy Now link at the top of the page or click here to purchase your eCertificate(s).

    Once your payment has been received your eCertficate will be generated and emailed to you. We suggest that you save a copy and print one off.

    Please note that your eCertificate(s) will only be able to be used by the person named on the eCertificate. You may purchase eCertificate for other people but please do so using their name.

    • Trevor says:

      Hi folks, I have the Telegraph today I can’t find this offer mentioned about the free Dragonpass card? Am I going daft

      • I did the same thing – took me ages to find it – it’s in the main paper on page 27 at the bottom!

  7. Apparently this offer is available all year round for Telegraph subscribers. As a Fantasy Football manager, you get a free subscription to the Telegraph online, so I’m just off to look for my subscription details.

  8. Dragonpass doesn’t seem to have the same lounges as Priority Pass. I just checked BEY and it only gives one option rather than three (which includes the very nice Cedar Lounge).
    Looks like it’s still worth considering depending on which airport/lounge you will have access to. If you find yourself at the airport and needing a lounge at short-notice, could be a good option to go online and buy a certificate.

    • True, but it does have at least one not (yet?) available with PP.

      Johannesburg has a recently opened Arrivals Lounge operated by Menzies – not the SAA lounge nor the old BA/VS/etc lounge. It’s on the mezzanine above Arrivals.

      Not sure whether the cash price is more/less than the DT Dragonpass fee of £15, but it’s an option after 12 hours or so in the air.

  9. Cheshire Pete says:

    I didn’t get the etihad offer, was status matched earlier this year, so not flown or used it yet….

    • Cheshire Pete says:

      Now, on checking my account, all my communication preferences were set to Off! Damn…

      • Ahh, good thinking – that’ll be why I didn’t receive it either! Will put them back on and hopefully they’ll do another offer in early 2016!

      • James67 says:

        Much as it pains me to do so, I have opted in to almost all marketing via email for my travel schemes and credit cards. By failing to do so we probably miss out on targeted offers. However, I do opt out for phone, sms and regular mail. Inconvenience can be avoided by using a dedicated email for this purpose to avoid m9re important email getting swamped with junk.

  10. We have the Hilton offer from Miles and Smiles and Air Berlin and have a question.

    Award stays count. Good. But does the new offer produce a New HHonors membership number, or can awards from an existing Gold account somehow qualify? Mrs Roger’s Gold expires in March 2016 and she wouldn’t otherwise qualify for Gold renewal.


    • There is no indication that you can successfully use this on an existing Gold account to extend it. Not sure if you could book a room from one Hilton account and then, in the hotel, change the HH number on the booking.

      • Colin JE says:

        That’s disappointing. On the other hand do they ‘not open to existing Gold members’ anywhere?

        The small print for the Airbrtlin offer doesn’t mention anything about the Gold upgrade, just the points, as far as I can see.

        I’m Gold already and although I have two booked stays over the next three months I’d only book a third to get status extended. Any advice

        • Richmond says:

          Use link from airline and see if number or required stays to retain gold has change to 3. As in my other comment, I used link from Alitalia and it worked this way. From 6 required stays to retain Gold, it changed to 3 required stays.

    • UPDATE: The SES’FIKILE (arrivals) lounge at JNB is now accessible via Priority Pass.

      • Sorry, this should have been appended to my post of 1 August 2015 at 9:19 am.

    • Richmond says:

      Similar offer from Alitalia worked for renewing Gold status so I assume other arilines offers are the same.

  11. OT: Does anyone know why you cannot have 3 Heathrow Rewards cards at the same address. Just tried to change my daughter’s Uni address on her card back to our home address and it won’t let me as we already have accounts. Surely we can all have independent cards as independent travellers???

    • You can’t have more than ONE card at the same address!

      Easy way to fix it is to make the addresses 23, 23a, 23b etc.

      • Or apply over the phone, they can manually override this – I got them to do this for my parents so they could both transfer out their expiring Emirates miles to Heathrow Rewards.

        • Sandgrounder says:

          I have added a full stop after the house number in the past and it worked.

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