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Get airport lounge access via The Gourmet Society

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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.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply 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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

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

American Express Amex Gold

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 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

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 (26)

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  • Fenny says:

    I got a 6 month Gourmet Society membership with a mobile phone some years ago. Couldn’t make any use of it, as most things were 2 for 1 or Mon-Thurs only. Didn’t live up to the marketing bumf.

  • Jen says:

    Can anyone tell me if you need to be a member of the gourmet society to be able to buy the ecertificates?

    Because I was told yes by dragon pass while its mentioned otherwise here

    • the real harry1 says:

      just buy it elsewhere
      code TELEDP16

      • Rob says:

        If you ask Dragonpass, obviously they will tell you that you need to be a member. If you just order and use the Gourmet Society code from the article, they will be none the wiser. Similarly if you use the Telegraph code they won’t be checking if you buy The Telegraph.

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