Bits: DragonPass accepted in T5 and Gatwick Regus, 20% off gift cards at Tesco

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News in brief:

DragonPass lounge card now accepted at Heathrow Terminal 5 and Gatwick South Regus

DragonPass, the Asian-based airport lounge access business (a clone of Priority Pass) is beginning to make inroads into the UK market.  With the demise of Airport Angel, they have picked up the lounge access deal offered to Barclays current account holders.

Without telling anyone, DragonPass has launched a deal with the Regus business centre in Terminal 5 arrivals at Heathrow and the South terminal (landside) at Gatwick.  This is a small coup given that Priority Pass does not have such an arrangement.

Regus in Terminal 5 is a business centre more than an airport lounge.  There is no free food but there is a free Nespresso coffee machine.  There are two sofa chairs, plus two ‘pods’ for working and a shared table of six seats best suited for working.  There are no newspapers but there are some magazines.  The photo below shows you how it looks.

It is not somewhere to ‘lounge’ but, if you need to work before or after a flight and do not have British Airways lounge access, it is not a bad place to go.  I was working in there yesterday before catching an afternoon flight to Finland (more on that soon).

Heathow Terminal 5 Regus

20% discount on selected Tesco gift cards

Tesco is currently offering a 20% discount on selected gift cards via their online gift card shop.  It is not clear if this offer is also available instore (edit: comments below imply it is).

The retailers included are:

  • Pizza Express
  • iTunes
  • Mitchell & Butlers
  • New Look
  • Monsoon
  • Accessorize

The deal is only available on ‘plastic’ gift cards and not digital gift codes.  This means that you must pay for postage which will add at least £1.50.

The key thing to remember is that you will receive 150 Clubcard points for every £50 you spend on gift cards (excluding Tesco-branded cards).  That is 360 Avios.  You need to spend £50 after taking into account the 20% discount and your order must be in multiples of £50 – ie if you spend £100 there must be a theoretical way of separating the order into two lots of £50, otherwise you just get one lot of bonus points.

Pizza Express cards come in a £20 denomination and the others as £25.  The cheapest route is therefore 2 x £20 Pizza Express and 1 x £25 from elsewhere, total £65, which reduces to £52.  Postage adds £1.50 or more if you want recorded delivery.  This means that you are paying £53.50 for £60 of gift cards plus 360 Avios points.

The deal ends on 22nd November.

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  1. OT MSE showing a Tesco wine code XXLRTY 500 club card points for new and existing customers on a £60 spend – 3500 codes – till Sunday

    • Nice. Just picked up my wife’s 6 Tesco Grocery wines with the 500 point code that I posted earlier. True enough – it was somewhat targeted as it didn’t work on my a/c or for some other poster here. But it was in generic format ie XX.

      • btw the wine code, when ordering groceries, also works for those little one glass bottles, worked for me last week – the main issue is the wine tastes awful!

      • I think this code only works via ‘Tesco Wine by the Case’ and not wine purchased via Tesco Groceries.

        • Yep 2 different codes, you’re right.

          Mine is on a recent BITS, Groceries.

          This one is for WBTC.

    • Thanks Liz, will take a look and try to get it in tomorrow.

    • correction

      ker-ching another 1000 Tesco points plus the extras

      easy mistake

      2400 Avios plus the extras

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    Small print

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  3. 10% off DragonPass purchases over £60 with Nationwide Simply Rewards.

  4. You might need a current a/c to transfer to (say) Halifax for a £150 credit

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