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Exclusive HfP competition: Win access to the First Class Lounge at London City Airport

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Today we are launching a new competition to win a visit to the new and highly exclusive Business Class and First Class lounges at London City Airport.

Regular readers will remember my reviews of the new Business Class Lounge and the new First Class Lounge at London City Airport. Everyone else might wonder why they’ve never heard of an airport lounge at London City Airport before.  After all, not even British Airways has its own lounge, even for the BA1 flight to New York.


This is because the First Class Lounge and the Business Class Lounge are technically not inside the main airport but rather part of the Private Jet Centre next door.

When using the First Class or Business Class Lounge, your experience starts when you arrive at London City Airport.  A driver will pick you up and drive you the few minutes to the Private Jet Centre.


When it is time for your flight to leave, you have two options.

If you are using the Business Class Lounge, you will be driven back to the main terminal and go through security in the airport.

If you are using the First Class Lounge (and not flying BA who, annoyingly, won’t play ball) you will go through a designated security check area inside the Jet Centre and have a car drive you to the plane.  This is a pretty cool experience and you will also be the first to board the plane.



London City Airport has kindly offered two prizes for a competition so two lucky readers can experience the lounges for themselves.

  • The first prize is access to the First Class Lounge for two (worth £190) including a car ride to the plane (if you are flying with BA you’ll be driven back to the main terminal for security and boarding)
  • The second prize is access to the Business Class Lounge for two (worth £70)

As always all you have to do to enter this competition is fill out the Gleam widget at the bottom of this page with your email address. Your email address remains private. We will not give it to London City Airport (unless you win) and we won’t be using it for anything else.

You need to enter by midnight on Monday 7th August.

Here is a quick summary of the rules – the formal version is in the widget below:

You must be a UK resident to enter

You are limited to one entry per person, and the named winner must be one of the guests

The winner and his guest must have a valid airline ticket for the day they want to use the lounge

Lounge access must be booked at least 48 hours in advance

The two passes must be used in the same visit.  A solo traveller can visit on their own but cannot have a 2nd visit on another date.

Enter here

If you cannot see the widget below click here to be taken to a special entry page.  Good luck.

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 (31)

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  • ZeroHedge says:

    I took the Babybus a couple of times in each direction.

    Perhaps a heretical view, but I actually prefer flying up front on one of the big birds…

    Also, the First Wing + CCR + GE makes ex-LHR into the US an almost premium experience 🙂

  • Dan says:

    “The winner and his guest”

    Move over ladies, looks like we men have this…

  • Daniel says:

    How can Business/First Lounge be used when connecting in LCY?
    Process in place to be picked up from incoming flight and stay in lounge until time to be brought to next leg?

  • Aaron says:

    Thanks for this — any idea how long the passes last for? I wouldn’t want to win and then not use them!


    • Rob says:

      We never got a final verdict on this. Unlikely to be an issue with 12 months though.

  • jamie says:

    O/T is anyone having issues combining avios from Iberia to either BA or Avios? The link recently appeared so I can transfer my avios, but when I try to transfer to either programme is says ‘Combine my avios is currently unavailable’

    • Rob says:

      It always does this. Use and pull them from IB to and then from to BA. Works 90% of the time.

  • jamie says:

    ok thanks Rob.

  • K says:

    Shame that I’m unable to enter though being from the UK I am currently on the road

    • Rob says:

      That’s what Tunnelbear is for (plus watching BBC iPlayer whilst on the road).

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