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News in brief:

Daily Telegraph / Dragonpass offer returns – or earn 750 Avios with No 1 Lounges

The Daily Telegraph has brought back its occasional airport lounge access promotion with lounge network Dragonpass.

Via this link (ignore the April date!), you can buy passes to any lounge used by Dragonpass for £16.50.  This is a discount on the usual price and the Dragonpass £50 membership fee is waived.

For most UK lounges this will be the cheapest way of buying access this Summer.  Thanks to Daniel.

However ….. remember that No 1 Lounges has an excellent Avios-based deal for its lounges at Heathrow Terminal 3, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

For £20 per person, you receive lounge access AND 750 Avios points.  This is a better deal than the Dragonpass offer.

The Avios will only be credited to an avios.com account but you can move them to BA later via ‘Combine My Avios’ online.

As long as you avoid the overcrowded Gatwick North lounge, struggling under the weight of BA passengers who are currently lounge-less, the No 1 Lounges portfolio is very impressive.  At £20 per visit, less the value you place on 750 Avios, this offer (click here) is a good deal.

No 1 Traveller

airberlin launches short-haul business class

With what feels like the influence of 49% shareholder Etihad behind it, airberlin is launching a pseudo business class product on its short-haul network.

(As a member of oneworld, you can redeem Avios points on the airberlin network.  I am flying them next week as it happens.  There are currently no airberlin flights to or from the UK however.)

There are two reasons for this change.  One is that, at the same time, airberlin is moving to 100% buy-on-board catering in economy.  It currently offers a free drink and snack with the option of paying for more.

Secondly, and this is only a guess, Etihad believes it can attract more premium transfer passengers connecting to / from Etihad if they can book business class all the way to their final destination.  It will also help airberlin attract transfer passengers to its expanding long-haul network.

This is what is happening:

business class will be only the front row of seats so a maximum of four passengers!

the middle seat will be left free

the seat pitch will be adjusted in rows 2+ so that row 1 gets 32 inches of legroom

benefits include a welcome drink, a pillow, free food from the buy on board menu, priority boarding, priority check-in, fast-track security, lounge or airberlin waiting area access, extra baggage allowance

all business class tickets will be fully flexible and seat reservations will be free

Comments (38)

  • N says:

    O/T but a data point – Called HSBC asking to waive first year fee on the new Premier CC, no joy.

  • Anon2 says:

    Anyone have any knowledge of the lounge at BRS? Cant find any info through Google, FT or airport website.

    • Colin JE says:

      There’s an Aspire Lounge and an Aspire Plus, which is adults only. I went to the Plus lounge a few months back to try it out. It’s fine but nothing amazing for the price premium it requires.
      Some photos of the Aspire Plus on LoungeBuddy.com here:
      https://www.loungebuddy.com/BRS/aspireplus-lounge-main-terminal-IRgjPr5nae?filter_access=select

      • nate1309 says:

        Its recently been completely revamped and it pretty comfy. Wifi was good speed and streamed a film while I was in there. Had soup, sandwich, a beer and a jack and coke all in all chilled out.

        • nate1309 says:

          I was also in the CWL lounge on Thursday and that was nice too, they have all the spirits from Penderyn distillery which makes nice whiskey, gin, vodka and cream liqueur (which Mrs Nate1309 says is much nicer than Baileys) in the brecon beacons.

  • Scallder says:

    Just to double check the Avios for No 1 is per booking, so presume everyone in the party should be booked on separate bookings?

    • Rob says:

      If that is the case, certainly! Whether you book 4 slots in your own name (and so you get all the Avios) or you have to put them in the name of arriving person (and Avios may want a name match) is a different question.

  • Fuggi says:

    The telegraph promo isn’t working anymore if you’re not a subscriber is it ?