We met up with the guys from LoungeBuddy at the Business Travel Show in London yesterday. It reminded me that it is literally a year since I last mentioned the special deal we have with them – although it is plugged in our sidebar on the desktop site – so I thought it was worth another outing today.
HfP readers get a free $10 sign-up credit when they sign up with airport lounge app LoungeBuddy.
LoungeBuddy is the leading global authority on airport lounges. It is a FREE app which is available for both iOS and Android phones.
If you are reading this on your phone and click here, you will be automatically taken to the relevant download page for your device.
At its simplest, it shows you a comprehensive list of airport lounges at the airport where you currently are (it will bring up relevant results automatically if it senses you are in an airport) or you can pick one which you intend to visit. Listings include ratings, reviews, photos and access requirements.
It can do more than that, however.
You can store details of your airline status cards with LoungeBuddy. You can also upload details of your forthcoming flights. The app will use this information to highlight which lounges you are allowed to use based on your status or your travel class. It also integrates with TripIt.
LoungeBuddy also sells day passes to pay-as-you-go airport lounges.
You can use LoungeBuddy on iOS or Android to buy access to a large number of airport lounges, both in the UK and elsewhere.
When you look at LoungeBuddy listings for a particular airport, lounges where you can use the app to purchase a day pass are highlighted with a large ‘Buy’ button. You can then use a pre-stored credit card number to buy an entrance pass for yourself and any number of guests. You simply show your LoungeBuddy confirmation code at the lounge entrance and you will be allowed in.
Pretty much every major UK lounge which offers paid access is available via LoungeBuddy. You can also buy access for the First Class Lounge in the Private Jet Terminal at London City Airport which we reviewed here. It will also include a new secret product at London City which is coming very soon.
LoungeBuddy is offering a special discount to Head for Points readers who give the app a try.
If you download the LoungeBuddy app for your iOS or Android device and enter the code headfp you will receive a $10 credit against your first lounge visit. There is a box to enter the code on the ‘Payment’ tab on the menu. The $10 will be converted into £ when you make a purchase.
If you want to find out more about LoungeBuddy, visit their website here. Clicking here (if you are reading this on a smartphone) will take you to the download page for your device. Don’t forget to add the code headfp when registering.
PS. Don’t forget that the No 1 Traveller lounge network is still offering 750 Avios points if you book with them directly, so you should compare the LoungeBuddy price with the $10 discount vs the No 1 Traveller price with a few Avios thrown in.
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 10th 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.