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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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Comments (57)

  • Tilly71 says:

    Has there been success with them posting the bonus points to accounts when you order online? I had heard mixed reviews a while back of points not being applied via the giftcard site.

    • Iain says:

      I bought £200 of currys e-gift cards via the website on 26th Oct (£100 *2 transactions). Points posted on clubcard account 6th Nov. However, only recieved 2 x 150 points rather than 4 times. So with hindsight should have put through as 4 x £50. Going to contact clubcard customer service as this isn’t obvious from their T&Cs so going to put case forward for the other points if i could/should have got

  • Roberto says:

    Anyone know whats the official story with Airport Angels? I have Airport Angels cards (via the Barclay’s wheeze ) – in fact my latest one was sent to me as recently as September. I am keen to know if they are still valid and if so when they are likely to stop working when the plug is to be pulled.

    I am flying next month AGP-LGW-AGP and was hoping to use the lounges. I have had no contact from them or Dragon ( Barclay’s new partner ) but if I log onto my online account its still showing as 6 more visits available..

    • Waribai says:

      If you got one via the “wheeze” it’ll stop working as soon as you hit your expiry date Id have thought.
      September was when they pulled the plug so you probably got renewed just before the change over date.

    • harry says:

      Yep they’ll be valid until expiry date. I’m hoping the wheeze ones get renewed to 6 visits with Dragonpass on the 12 month renewal date – but the onus is on ‘hope’ since Barclays closed the loophole to get them free. The other way to get them (see my link above) is still good value @ £13.50 for 6 visits, the current a/c is free and easy to manage online – ie you can turn off the Travel pack insurance as soon as you get the cards.

    • Rob says:

      The official story is available via CPP as they are a quoted company – they have closed it down.

      CPP is the company which did deals with all the banks to sell you credit card insurance, insurance which was hugely profitable for banks as the coverage rarely paid out – the majority of what you were insuring against was already covered by your card issuer under UK credit law.

      It was such a good earner, CPP offered to run bank credit card activation call centres for free in order to give callers a hard sell on this insurance. Most banks agreed,

      With the banks now having to pay compensation to people who bought this insurance, and CPPs relationship with the banks not exactly being great now, their ability to get banks to sell Airport Angel for them was presumably strained.

      • harry says:

        Correct but that doesn’t affect the validity of existing cards. I’ve got a couple issued 7/15 and I assume B**** would have sent out replacement Dragonpass cards if the AA ones had stopped working (which they haven’t). Might be wrong if B**** had rumbled the wheeze but anybody successfully using an AA card after 16/9 could confirm they’re still working until expiry.

        • Jen T says:

          Years ago I signed up for an AA card via a shared Barclays Premier link (I had a regular Barclays account, not Premier but they didn’t spot the difference when I entered my long card number). Every year, I get sent a new card with 6 visits loaded – I last used the card on the 6th of October in Gatwick’s No 1 Lounge with no problem – the card has an expiry of 02/16 printed on it.

          • harry says:

            Thanks for confirmation.

          • Roberto says:

            My son used his AA on the 19th October in Madrid. His expiry is August 2016

          • planeflyer says:

            I last used my AA on 3 Nov. Fingers crossed to be sent out a new DragonPass card. I had no idea the Barlcays thing had finished so long ago. No infomation was sent out. Shame

    • John says:

      Yep, got the same letter/new card in the post (though I’m planning to use the app).

      Pretty certain anyone trying to use an AA card next month will be turned away at the lounge, regardless of the expiry date.

      • harry says:

        Thanks. Not surprising the wheeze cardholders didn’t get the letter. Good to know, though.

        • Roberto says:

          I had this emailed to me today from airport angels regarding their Barclays’ branded cards .. I know many of us have them via a “wheeze” but it seems as if its come to an end.. There is another thread about this somewhere and I will update that too if I can find it..

          Dear Roberto,

          Thank you for your email.

          Barclays have found a new lounge supplier which will be taking over from Airport Angel. For your new membership card, you will need to contact Dragon Pass on 0333 220 5599.

          All AA Barclays memberships will expire on the 29th November – cards will not be valid passed this point.

          Barclays are in the process of communicating with all of their customers regarding the provider switch.

          I hope this answers your query but please do not hesitate to contact us again if needs be.

          Regards

          John Gregory | Airport Angel Support
          CPP Group Plc – Travel Services

  • Keith says:

    Delivery is £2.95 for orders over £50 and requires a signature on Tesco gift shop

  • Liz says:

    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

    • harry says:

      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.

      • CV3V says:

        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!

      • TimS says:

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

        • harry says:

          Yep 2 different codes, you’re right.

          Mine is on a recent BITS, Groceries.

          This one is for WBTC.

    • Rob says:

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

    • harry says:

      correction

      ker-ching another 1000 Tesco points plus the extras

      easy mistake

      2400 Avios plus the extras

  • harry says:

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  • Roger says:

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

  • harry says:

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