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News in brief:

Save 30% on Etihad business and economy fares

Etihad is currently running a new ‘friends and family’ promotion for bookings until 12th November.  Code STFECO save 30% on the base fare of an economy ticket whilst STFBUS saves 30% on the base fare of a business class ticket.

You must travel between 15 January and 30 June 2017 and book via the Etihad website here.

Because the taxes make up a high percentage of economy ticket prices, this deal is most effective for business class seats.

Etihad A380

The BA obsession with Norwegian continues …..

The British Airways obsession with low cost long-haul carrier Norwegian continues.  In recent weeks British Airways has launched services from Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland – fairly random destinations which just happen to be also flown by Norwegian.

BA CEO Alex Cruz has constantly referenced Norwegian in messages to staff.  The move to 10-abreast economy seating on the Boeing 777 fleet was described in the investor presentation last Friday as “Gatwick’s new B777 configuration will give a lower cost/e-seat than Norwegian B787”.

Yesterday, members of the BA Future Lab programme received a questionnaire asking for any feedback on recent long-haul flights with Norwegian.  Participants are asked to write a TripAdvisor-style review of their Norwegian flight before answering questions about whether it was value for money.  Participants are also being asked what difference they spotted from flying BA and how they felt about the ‘bundles’ of on-board services available for purchase.  One lucky questionnaire filler will receive £100!

It isn’t clear where all this will end but it is unlikely to be positive …..

Aspire Lounge Heathrow Terminal 5

Odd things happening with the Terminal 5 Aspire Lounge

When the Aspire Lounge opened in Terminal 5 at Heathrow, there was some annoyance that, whilst it was open to Priority Pass cardholders, it was NOT available to members of sister scheme Lounge Club.

This HfP article compares the UK lounge networks of Priority Pass and Lounge Club.

This was especially frustrating for American Express Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders, since they get two free entries to a Lounge Club airport lounge each year.

However, the Terminal 5 Aspire Lounge does now appear on the Lounge Club websitesee here.

And yet the lounge is NOT accepting Lounge Club cards.  A couple of HfP readers have contacted me to say that they tried to enter using Lounge Club but were turned away.  The door agent knew that the lounge was on the Lounge Club website but said that it is a mistake.

My hope is that Lounge Club has jumped the gun and that there will soon be an arrangement in place.  Some additional seating is currently being added to the lounge which may have encouraged the owners (who also own Lounge Club) to relax the access rules.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list 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 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

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

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.

Comments (76)

  • barry cutters says:

    Remember this day!!!

    • barry cutters says:

      Everyone in the world thought us Brits made the most stupid decision ever back when we voted on brexit. However as always America hasn’t backed down from the challenge and has outdone us brilliantly

      • Hingeless says:

        As airline prices are generally fixed to the USD this could lead to some cheaper flights, as I don’t earn GBP or USD i am doing well out of brexit and “Trexit”.

          • John says:

            Yup, a small blip which has more or less reversed.

            Bigger story is that India demonetised the bulk of its cash overnight (but RBI manipulates exchange rate so no effects there)

        • Anthony Dunn says:

          Sterling has already been marked down substantially owing to its “political risk” rating and even the most recent upturn has barely dented my FX profit on that particular political trade. The flight from the USD has been into the Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc. Otherwise, the Fed had been shortly intending to announce a rise in US interest rates, making the USD a more attractive option. Whether that now gets postponed or, alternatively, becomes a bigger than expected rate rise to shore up the value of the greenback is yet another FX call that traders will shortly be making.

          In the meantime, HSBC, Goldmans et al are still pricing Sterling at around USD1.10 at some point in 2017 – presumably once May forces through a triggering of the Article 50 process. At which point the having but not the eating of cake will start to become ever more apparent to any but the most obtuse or stupid.

      • Susan says:

        +1 or should that be +7.2 billion

      • briandt says:

        “Every one in the world?” How stupid.

  • N says:

    “Sniffs our Norwegian”?

  • Wade says:

    OT: …what the hell just happened?!

  • John says:

    Is Anika Norwegian?

  • the real harry says:

    O/T Sainsbury’s Travel Money are not dealing in USD at the moment 🙂

    Maybe they learned from the Brexit

  • Jason says:

    In the daily mail today, with a pic as well, well done.

  • Boi says:

    He hasn’t won yet….don’t count his chickens before they hatch

    • the real harry says:

      yep, he’s won – watch CNN

      • Hingeless says:

        He won about 3 hours ago when he flipped some states, the rest is a formality. It’s been a great night to listen to radio 4.

  • Anon says:


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