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!

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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. Hi….would like some advice, travelling in September with EMirates, on way back have a 3 hr stay at Dubai Airport, was going to buy a dragon pass to a lounge T3…..its between the Marhaba lounges and Lounge at B? Has anyone used either and any feedback to help my decision, I understand from tripadvisor reviews that Marhaba lounge gets very busy at peak times and people said they had complimentary access but would not necessarily be happy to pay for it.

  2. Arnaud Amiel says:

    If one of you has a spare Hilton deal, I would be very glad to get it as I would be in one next weekend.
    If you can forward to my gmail, that would be great. My user name is aamiel


  3. Could you reg now get gold and then reg for air Berlin offer, in Nov?

  4. OT: I recently had a 3 consecutive night stay in hilton (same hotel, same booking name). I booked it as 3 seperate stays as follows:
    Website-Kaligo-Website to take advantage of 5K BA miles offer. This has counted as 2 stays (1st and 3rd day ) with 2nd day as non qualifying.

    • did you keep the same room for the three nights (I am doing the same in Sept)

      • yes I was upgraded on first night and kept same room throughout. I did have to settle the bill each morning and get the key reprogrammed.

  5. Bit OT any advice on accessing an airport lounge at Philadelphia Airport?

    I only have Lounge Club membership which doesn’t have Philadelphia. I am flying with US Airways on an Avios ticket.


    • You could try the LoungeBuddy app, see what options they have for paid access. TBH at most lounges in the USA it’s not really worth paying – apart from a small number (Amex Centurion, AA Flagship, international carrier lounges) you get hardly anything to eat or drink. I’d probably just sit down and have something to eat/drink at a restaurant instead.

  6. Re Dragon Pass – you also can get £15 access year round with Gourmet Society membership (you can buy GS annual membership for £10 value through (almost valueless!) Nectar points). I used that recently to get access for my daughter to the Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow T4, which otherwise would have cost £35.

    • Where can you see the lounge options on Gourmet Society site? I just can’t seem to see it.

      I got GS membership through Lloyds current account.


      • Once you have logged into your GS account, look down the left hand side for “More offers”. Click through to 1st page and you will see “Up to 50% off Premium Airport Lounges Worldwide” near the bottom – follow link. Also on page 2 there is a way to access Travellers No 1, although I haven’t checked that out.

  7. Oliver says:

    So you don’t get a dragon pass card for free or anything? It’s just a link to the website to buy entries for £15

    • Seems so, I edited article to reflect this. The teaser I saw was misleading.

    • Colin JE says:

      Looks that way. I bought the Telegraph today thinking I’d get free membership for a year but it just appears to be a way of getting reduced entry. The DragonLounge app is terrible and can only be used if you have a membership number. I presume this offer doesn’t generate one?
      Even worse, if you’ve bought an e-certificate it looks as though you could still get turned away at the door if the lounge is busy, in favour of guests who’ve booked.
      Think I’ll stick with my AirportAngel and occasional LoungeClub card courtesy of Amex, when I’ve got it, (which is also £15 entry) but at least you don’t have to pay before knowing if you can get in.
      I also notice that LoungeClub is owned by PriorityPass so hopefully the T5 Aspire lounge will be accessible to holders. Useful when my AirBerlin Oneworld Saphire expires.

      • I was told by someone who should know that Lounge Club WOULD have access to the T5 lounge. I remain to be convinced, though, as it is a 2nd tier scheme which generally doesn’t get into the best lounges. That said, Collinson (who own LC and PP) are one of the joint owners of the lounge!

        • Would love to know if LC is included as going to be in Heathrow for a few hours on Thursday. Do you think it’s worth giving them a call? Cheers

      • Sorry for any confusion in the original article Colin, which is now edited. I wrote it based on a preview of the deal which was not as clear as it could have been.

  8. Kristian says:

    Barclays current a/c
    insurance 1 month
    6 AA passes

  9. At T5 tonight and the Aspire Lounge is open. Not too busy (but I would expect that on a Saturday). They accepted my PP no problem but did not have the stamp for my Lounge Miles card. Also the shower is not working yet

    • Kristian says:

      Do they have any salt & vinegar crisps?

    • Need to re-run my Lounge Miles article!

      • Yes – it could be a bit of a money earner for me – well £5 pounds wortht. Use my Amex Plat PP card (ie no cost to me), get a stamp and then pop upstairs to the BA lounge. Glad I kept a few of the cards when they only required 5 stamps.

        • I’ve got some of those too 😀 Same setup in EDI – pop in then swap over to BA lounge!

    • They should sign it for you instead, that’s what EDI did for me after they lost their stamp (!) and they had to wait a month for a new one!

  10. I think that the chances of Priority Pass being accepted in the new Aspire lounge at Terminal 5 is highly likely.

    The new lounge is the result of a joint venture between Swissport and Collinson Group, owners of Priority Pass, so it would be highly unusual for them not to accept their own product in the new lounge!!

  11. mikeact says:

    According to the DragonPass web site, standard membership is £50 and £16 per voucher.
    However, what/where is the Waitrose bit all about ?

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