News in brief:
Good ‘Avios for LEGO Friends’ deal returns
Tesco Direct is repeating their LEGO Friends promotion. If you still haven’t filled up every bithday wish list for the rest of the summer, you will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles) when you spend £60 of LEGO Friends before 27th March.
If you need a present for a young child or fancy giving yourself an eBay challenge earning to earn as many points as possible with the least financial loss, you should take a look at this offer.
BA update – new UK cabin baggage security requirements
British Airways has updated their official statement regarding the electronics ban on certain flights.
As of this week the UK Government has banned all electronic equipment larger than a standard mobile phone from aircraft cabins on flights from (but not to) Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia or Saudi Arabia to the UK.
As British Airways offers a ‘hand baggage only’ fare on its flights to and from Istanbul, passengers will now have to take hold luggage if they wish to travel with a laptop or similar device.
Customers who made a booking before 22nd March for travel by 4th April 2017 are able to take a suitcase free of charge. If the flight is after 4th April or has been purchased after 22nd March the passenger must pay the baggage fee either at the airport or online.
Help us review some lounges
As we are already halfway there, we want to plough on and try to complete the Head for Points directory of UK airport lounge reviews.
You can see what we have so far on this page. At some point we want to look at missing airline-specific lounges too, but for now we want to get the ‘pay to enter’ ones completed.
If you will be in any of the lounges below in the next month or so, and think you could take some photographs and write a short review for us (see Helena’s Inverness one here for an example), we’d like to hear from you.
Please register your interest first by email – rob [at] headforpoints.com – so you don’t duplicate anyone else’s efforts.
You don’t need to work for free. There are two ways we will make it worth your while:
if you have Amex Gold and the lounge is in LoungeClub, we will reimburse you the £15 entry fee (assuming you have already used your two free entries for the year), or
if you can get in for free with a Priority Pass or LoungeKey card, we will sort you out with a few miles
This is what we are missing as far as ‘pay to enter’ lounges go:
- Aberdeen – Swissport
- Belfast City – Aspire
- Bristol – Aspire (not AspirePlus)
- Doncaster – Premium Lounge
- Durham – Swissport
- East Midlands – Escape
- Exeter – Executive Lounge
- Humberside – Swissport
- Manchester – Escape T1, Escape T2, Swissport T2, Aspire T1
- Newcastle – Aspire, AspirePlus
- Norwich – Multiyork
- Southampton – Breeze
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.