Hot on the heels of its Terminal 4 arrivals lounge which opened in April, Plaza Premium has unveiled its new Arrivals Lounge in the landside area of Heathrow Terminal 3.
Regular Head for Points readers will know that I rate Plaza Premium highly. They invest a lot of money into their facilities, especially in design, and they have a genuinely high end feel. The group also manages the outstanding Cathay Pacific business and first class lounges in Heathrow Terminal 3 reviewed here.
I have reviewed (click to read):
…. and liked them all. The Terminal 2 arrivals lounge is pretty small – although it does have shower facilities – but the two departure lounges are very spacious. I haven’t made it to the Terminal 4 Arrivals Lounge yet but it is on the list.
There is also a Terminal 5 departure lounge on the way for the end of 2017 which will hopefully be better than the Aspire lounge. Construction is already underway.
The new Terminal 3 lounge – which I think is on the site of the old Delta arrivals lounge – has 11 shower rooms and a lounge and bar area. The seating total is given as 28 which seems oddly low, given that the Terminal 4 arrivals lounge has 75 seats.
How to get in
The lounge is NOT available via Priority Pass (for Amex Platinum cardholders) or Lounge Club (for Amex Gold cardholders) websites. You can get it in by showing your American Express Platinum card at the door, however.
You can also pre-book access for cash via their website here.
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.