Dining discount group The Gourmet Society – which offers discounts on meals in thousands of restaurants across the UK – is also in the airport lounge business.
Through a link with DragonPass, Gourmet Society members can buy passes for UK airport lounges for just £18 per person.
This is £3 more than you pay via Lounge Club or Priority Pass. However, you need to be an Amex Gold, Amex Platinum or Priority Pass cardholder to access that rate. Trial memberships of Gourmet Society are available online for £1 if you google.
You can see the list of accessible lounges at this page.
The UK list appears similar to what you can access with Lounge Club with the addition of airport Regus Business Centres which are exclusive to Dragonpass. At Heathrow, for example, you have access to:
- No 1 Traveller (T3)
- Plaza Premium (T2)
- Plaza Premium (T4)
- Regus Business Centre (T5 Arrivals)
- Swissport (now Club Aspire) (T3)
You don’t get the SkyTeam Lounge in Terminal 4 or the Aspire Lounge in Terminal 5, both of which would be covered by Priority Pass.
Note that you do not have to enter a Gourmet Society membership number at any point. As long as you put the offer code GOURMET17 on the purchase form, you can order.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a 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 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. 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.