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Bits: Emirates makes Manchester flights ‘all A380’, Priority Pass discount

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News in brief:

Emirates to make Manchester ‘all A380’ whilst Birmingham gets a switch

Emirates announced last week that all three of its daily Manchester services will be operated by A380 aircraft from 1st January 2017.

At the same time, the A380 service to Birmingham will be switched to the overnight flight which leaves Birmingham at 20.45.  The plan is apparently to maximise connection opportunities in the morning ‘bank’ of international departures from Dubai and offer ‘a seamless A380 to A380 experience’.

Birmingham will continue to have one of the ‘two class’ A380 aircraft which contains a whopping 615 seats.

More details on both changes can be found on the Emirates site here.

Emirates A380 Manchester

Priority Pass – get 15 months for the price of 12 AND 20% off

Ages ago I wrote about a special Priority Pass airport lounge access deal for Marriott Rewards members.  Via this special deal, you receive 20% off the usual membership fee AND three additional months membership for free.

I had forgotten that the deal ever existed but a reader dropped me a note this week to say that it is still working.  It takes ’10 free visits’ membership level down to £127 and you’d have 15 months to use your 10 visits.  The basic card is reduced to £55 for 15 months plus £15 per visit.

The link to buy is here.

The recent Groupon ‘50% off a Priority Pass’ offer I promoted is also still running – you should take a look here and compare the two offers.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (July 2024)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK credit 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 1,500 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.

You also get access to Eurostar, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £24.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network.  Guests are charged at £24 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (84)

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  • James67 says:

    OT: Cancelled my amex platinum yesterday. For first time ever when cancelling an amex card there was no effort whatsoever to incentivize my custom. Was really curious if this was a sign of the changing times or just a disinterested agent.

    • Johnnycl says:

      Perhaps just an intention to carry out the customers instructions as efficiently as possible rather than a lack of interest?

    • Nadir says:

      I had the same thing when I cancelled my Starwood Amex last month. I thought I’d get some kind of push/inventive, maybe a double points offer for a short while (which is what I was offered when I cancelled by BAPP Amex last year). I wasn’t even asked why I wanted to cancel!

  • simon says:

    Thank you ….Would be helpful if BA actually said it was scrapped rather than say “temporarily unavailable”

  • mark2 says:

    Has anyone used their Moneycorp Explorer card abroad yet in a merchant or ATM?

    • Alan says:

      Presume most folk are waiting for the extra cash to credit before using it?

      • BLT says:

        Yes. In Florida now, no problems accepted everywhere and as per the US you only need to sign for everything, so not a problem that I have forgotten the PIN!

  • w says:

    Unrelated, but hey, bits: I upgraded this week from Amex Gold to Platinum, using a link with the 20k MR bonus for a 1k spend. Card got approved (non-instant) – but I don’t see the spending target on the website. Does that normally appear there (instantly), do I need to wait to get the card, or is that a ‘hidden’ feature?

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Just looking at the PP offer, tempted to go with it 15 for 12 offer. However, I have the Lounge Pass from Amex Gold, can’t work out the difference with the standard PP. Anyone compared them?

    • Keith says:


      If you mean compared Lounge Pass to PP, then no. I’ve just compared the Marriott August 20% off deal to the Groupon offer, and the maths is fairly simple:

      Standard PP Groupon saves £14.50
      Standard Plus PP Groupon saves £1.75

      This is irrespective of the number of visits in either case.
      I’m undecided whether to go for standard or plus. I don’t think I could be bothered faffing with Groupon for £1.75, but if I go for standard, £14.50 is effectively one visit…


      • Keith says:

        Does anyone know what the price of the ‘special’ Standard Membership with first visit included is – it doesn’t appear to be on the website, all I can tell is that Groupon is £6 for 50% discount. Hard to make a decision without numbers!

  • Sonwabile says:

    For excellency

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