I always like to the bearer of good news, so I’m delighted to be able to say that Plaza Premium will be opening a 200 seat departure lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5.
The opening date is not yet fixed but it should be very late this year or early 2017. I do not know where it will be.
The first independent lounge in Terminal 5, Club Aspire, opened last year – click for our latest review. This can be accessed via a Priority Pass card or by booking in advance for cash. Whilst filling a much needed gap in the market, the site is small and capacity is limited to around 40 people.
I was hoping that the success of the Aspire facility would convince the airport that a larger independent lounge would make sense and it seems that they have agreed. This will be especially welcome news for British Airways travellers who can no longer retain access to the BA lounges following the reduction in tier point earning brought in last year.
I have been very impressed with the Plaza Premium facilities opened at Heathrow so far. Whilst you may not be familiar with the group, it is the world’s largest independent lounge operator with 130 sites across 35 airports.
Yesterday I took another look at the Terminal 2 Plaza Premium departure lounge, which you can pre-book for cash here.
I also reviewed the Terminal 4 Plaza Premium departure lounge before Christmas (bookable here).
They also operate the, admittedly small, arrivals lounge in Terminal 2. If you have a Priority Pass, this is a good place to hang out if you’re meeting someone off a flight.
Plaza Premium also has some other plans in the works:
An arrivals lounge in Terminal 4, opening this year
A 70-room Aerotel, located directly in the Terminal 3 arrivals area, opening in 2017
Allways, Plaza Premium’s ‘meet and greet’ service, is also launching at Heathrow
The big one for HfP readers, of course, will be the Terminal 5 lounge. I will keep you updated on progress as I hear it.
Details of all of the Plaza Premium Heathrow lounges are on their website here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
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. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply 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 a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
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.