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News in brief:

New Tesco / LEGO promotion launched

Tesco Direct has launched a new LEGO promotion, this time with LEGO Disney Princess.

As you can see here, you will receive 500 bonus Tesco Clubcard points – worth 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles – when you spend £30 by Monday evening.

This deal requires a smaller minimum spend (£30 for 1200 Avios) than the recent ‘£60 for 2400 Avios’ deal, and may work better if you want to give the LEGO as a gift for a specific child in your life.

This Shopper Points article today looks at the deal in more detail.  The full list of available LEGO Disney Princess sets is here.

London City Airport business lounge

London City Airport launches a Business Lounge next Monday

Regular readers will remember our recent review of the First Class Lounge at London City Airport.  It is based in the Private Jet Centre next to the airport.  

It comes with a premium price tag (£95) but you get peace, privacy and – depending on which airline you are using – access to a private security lane and a chauffeur car to drive you across the tarmac to our aircraft.  Which is quite cool.

London City will launch a ‘pay as you go’ Business Lounge on Monday, also in the Private Jet Centre.  We will be popping down to take a look in the next week or so.  This has a lower price point – £33 per person – but you do not get driven to your plane.  You will be driven to the main terminal instead just before your flight departs and you need to pass through standard security before boarding.

This may be a better option for British Airways passengers as BA refused to participate in the ‘be driven to your plane’ scheme.  This took away one of the main reasons to pay the £95 fee for the First Class Lounge.

A photograph of the new lounge is above, and a review will follow.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 Air Lines 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.

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 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 (84)

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  • Graham Walsh says:

    Re the council tax, got mine and says I can call up and pay Hertsmere directly. Doesn’t say what cards they take or fee. As I”m used to DD, do I just pay the monthly DD amount (either over the phone or via PayPoint)?

    • Genghis says:

      Yes. You’re only required to pay what’s due at that time. So I only paid just over a month yesterday at PayPoint to help with cash flow (and no credit card sign up bonuses at the moment). For my council, it says PayPoint takes 5 WDs so you might want to get your payment in quick before the start of the month?

  • Nate1309 says:

    O/T just seen IAG launching a new airline “Level” flights to start in June. Looks like trying to compete with Norwegian. Only flights leave from Barcelona.

    • zsalya says:

      Not that IAG can get to work yet!

      • zsalya says:

        Nor are the flights yet showing for redemption on “We do not fly that route”

      • Nate1309 says:

        Yeah I saw that. No indication of when will be working either.

    • Lev441 says:

      Will be interesting to see how this pans out in the U.K.. would they bring it over here if the concept works in Barcelona?

  • Genghis says:

    “Chris Clayton, London City airport Jet Centre Customer Service Manager, said: “London City Airport’s new Business Lounge is the perfect option for passengers who want first class hospitality, comfort and privacy.”

    I think Chris needs to work on his marketing a bit. Surely passengers who want first class hospitality, comfort and privacy should be forking out the 95 quid for the First Class lounge?

    • The Original Nick says:

      Genghis, O:T, Sorry, I think you answered this question for me when I asked the last time. I left the Hilton Opera Hanoi on Wednesday just gone. I’m now in Conrad Bangkok. My points have hit my honors account including the 2017 HH1 2K EVERY DAY but I used my new Barclays Hilton CC to pay for my few drinks from the bar so I was wondering when the 2500 points hit for using the CC because they’re not showing. Do they take a while longer to hit?

      • Genghis says:

        Sorry. I’ve no idea.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        They can take a few days if not just message barclaycard vis secure message and they will add them

      • Alan says:

        They can take a few days but TBH more often than not they never turn up.

        I complained to Barclaycard CS before, they couldn’t even add them but I managed to get them to pay the equivalent amount for me to buy them (and that wasn’t when there was a bonus points sale on with Hilton either!)

        • Crafty says:

          I am still chasing the equivalent from using my card in KL and it’s reached absurd levels. Barclaycard have registered it as a complaint, which has resulted in 3 customer service calls to me and counting. Amazing amount of wastage for them. All, as I keep pointing out, over about £7 worth of points.

          • Alan says:

            Escalate to the Executive Office if required, you should get decent compensation out of them.

  • Rob says:

    Avios has no responsibility. It is made very clear that it is basically optional whether you get the points.

    • Anna says:

      Are they not breaching advertising standards? It doesn’t say on a particular offer that you might not get the avios.

      • Rob says:

        It will be there in the T&Cs. It is possible that anti spyware software on your PC is the problem, stopping the tracking cookie being placed.

  • rick says:

    OT- I have just received my new Virgin card and can put another card worth of spend so thinking of referring Mrs. Rick for white virgin card.
    IIRC, people in the past have stated about referring Virgin cards. Any ideas on how I can do that?
    Is that via MBNA website or via Virgin Flying Club? Thanks.

    • Genghis says:

      MBNA send you an email with a referral link. Not sure how else you can get one.

      • Lev441 says:

        I got an email ages ago from them with the referral link… when I went to find it it had disappeared from my inbox.. called up flying club who told me to go to MBNA who told me to go back to flying club who then told me to go back to MBNA etcetc so I gave up.. misteriously I got a new email with the referral link a few days ago….

    • d4ve says:

      You get an email with a link but it might take a few months to come through. I didn’t find a way of forcing it.

  • Canuck says:

    OT- Just had a baby girl (wooo!). Can one get a BAEC account for an infant? And can they accrue avios? I am keen to add her to our Household account.

    • Genghis says:


    • Wyle E Coyote says:

      Congratulations! It’s very cute you are enrolling her for her Avios accrual.

    • the real harry1 says:

      sure, I enrolled our kids onto BAEC no problem, ISTR somebody said the rules forbid it but never had any problems

    • Andrew* says:

      Congratulations! Yes, you can register infants for BAEC (but not Avios). Found this out just before booking a family holiday and had to go off and register two children then go back through the whole booking procedure…

  • Graham Walsh says:

    So after my 5hr delay from AMS to LTN with easyJet, I got this after prompting them yet again
    Thank you for your reply to our response sent on February 14th 2017

    We can reconfirm that your flight from Amsterdam to Luton was delayed due to weather.

    As your flight delay/cancellation was caused by a lighting strike, which is an extraordinary circumstance, you are not eligible for compensation under article 7 of EU261/2004.

    Whilst we realise you are disappointed, we hope you understand the reasons behind the decision. We now consider this case closed and will not respond to any further correspondence about your claim.

    If you wish to take this further you should refer your complaint to CEDR Services Limited, International Dispute Resolution Centre who is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority to provide an independent review of complaints. There is a fee for using this service.

    Once again we are sorry for the delay/cancellation of your flight but hope to welcome you on board again soon.
    So I video recorded the crew announcement when they came on to apologise at 2:30am in the morning and they said it was due to the plane being in Iceland and then back to AMS and delayed due to de-icing. It was also delayed do to no crew being available so had to fly into Gatwick to get some. Surely this message of lightening is BS? How can they prove it? It was snowing (1cm) back in Feb, not lightening.

    Have I got a chance to claim with CEDR?

    • Talay says:

      I would investigate whether this is attempted fraud by the airline (or whatever it is when they deceive you and lie to save money).

      The thing is that they won’t have made up that story at the time and yet some beancounter and his merry men have pushed an executive to lie later and his minion is the one sending the email.

      Now if this executive is a director, it all gets very messy very quickly because you can’t lie to deceive people and remain a fit and proper person to act as a company director of any company, nevermind a PLC.

      I would quietly find out who sent the email and who decided to make up that story (if possible) and then go for the jugular and perhaps hit their website for their Conduct Risk statements and then go straight to the Chairman highlighting this as a prima facie breach of their aforementioned Conduct Risk policy.

      A friend in PA News, or the Metro paper or some other news desk on a slow news day might help.

      • the real harry1 says:

        I like it

      • Graham Walsh says:

        Nice idea. The email was sent by Ekta, easyJet Customer Services. So just a minion being told what to reply I guess.

  • LEE says:

    virgin still not paid out Bonus miles for Tesco conversion , 3 phone calls and 2 emails and losing patience

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