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Bits: New BA Corsica route bookable, photos and access rules for Plaza Premium T5 lounge

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News in brief:

New BA route to Figari, Corsica now bookable

I mentioned yesterday that Alex Cruz, BA CEO, announced a new route to Figari in Corsica (picture below) in his speech at World Travel Market on Monday.

This flight is now bookable on, either for cash or Avios.

Flights will operate once per week, on Sundays, from 25th March to 21st October.

Flights depart Heathrow at 12.05, arriving at 15.30.  The return flight leaves Figari at 16.15, arriving in Heathrow at 17.40.

British Airways Figari Corsica

Access information for new Plaza Premium Terminal 5 lounge

Yesterday I wrote about the opening of the new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 which promises to massively improve the British Airways travelling experience for anyone travelling in Economy who has no BA status.

I wasn’t sure yesterday if the lounge was accepting Priority Pass or Lounge Club.  Historically there has been a lag of a few weeks between the opening of a Plaza Premium lounge and its acceptance of these cards.

Reader feedback yesterday is that neither Priority Pass or Lounge Club are accepted at the moment.

American Express Platinum IS accepted, due to the exclusive Plaza Premium deal with Amex.  This includes a guest.

DragonPass is accepted – see their website here.  You are only likely to have one of these if you are a Barclays current account holder opted into the travel pack add-on.

Lounge Key (issued with World Elite Mastercards) does not yet list it on their website.  As Lounge Key is owned by Priority Pass, I am guessing it will not yet get you in.

And, of course, you can use good old money on the door.

Here are some publicity photographs for the lounge.  There is an official press event at the end of the month and we will do a full review at that point.

Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow Terminal 5


Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow Terminal 5


Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow Terminal 5


Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow Terminal 5


Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow Terminal 5

You can find out more, and book access, on the Plaza Premium website here.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

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 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 (66)

  • Polly says:

    OT but related. Really strange anomaly at LGW (flew easy jet to BOD) and BA home. Our lounge key was not accepted at no 1 traveller, but our Priority pass was. Despite PP owning lounge key. This is something l must take up with LK actually. As we don’t have our PP now and will rely on LK or BA card for access.

  • Wivus says:

    OT. Took advantage of a Swiss sale I read about on HFP and am now sitting next to a beach in Goa. All great and many thanks. Still, on my return I will have approx 10k Miles and More points and very rarely use Swiss, Lufthansa et al. Looking at redemption rates on flights and hotels they are not very tempting to use there either.
    Are there any other options? They have ”Partner” hotels mentioned but I cannot see if you can use M&M for a hotel points swap at all. Reductions in cost are there but these appear weak and for high end hotels a basic amount far higher than the 10k.

    • Andrew says:

      I see you have trouble switching off too…

      • Wivus says:

        Indeed Andrew, but I find 30-45 minutes each day, even when on holiday, cuts down on an awful lot of catching up and a lot less work problems on my return. Not all work though, since I posted this I have been to the beach, had lunch, organised a Goan cookery lesson with the hotel chef and am preparing for cocktails. Hardly a martyr 🙂

  • Paul says:

    Hmm go to Edinburgh tomorrow. Just got my gold card so which lounge? First or Plaza premium? Might try both as I should be able to decent breakfast BA First.

    I have noticed some improvement in BA lounges since the opening of these competitors.

    • Chris Bird says:

      Hi Paul, worth bearing in mind that it is not your gold card that grants you access. Around two weeks after receipt of the gold card, you should receive your lounge club card, this has two free lounge access passes.

      • Crowtravel says:

        It reads like he’s just got his BA Gold card, as no Amex card gets you in the BA First lounge where Paul is planning to enjoy breakfast.

    • WhiteManVan says:

      The breakfast in the gold lounge is a step down from the bacon rolls in the silver lounge

      • Alan says:

        How so, full cooked breakkie on offer and you could make your own roll up?

  • Kevin says:

    Those individual both seats look very narrow. They’ve even had the case moved to the side partially blocking the other booth.

    But at least it is something else to try at LHR.

    • Lady London says:

      Rob’s words The Plaza Premium lounge at T5….. “promises to massively improve the British Airways travelling experience for anyone travelling in Economy who has no BA status.”

      I have BA status, but as soon as Priority Pass or LoungeKey is accepted, I’ll be massively improving my British Airways travelling experience by dumping the BA Lounge and effectively paying for Plaza Premium instead.

      • Cas says:

        Or, the best way is, get rid of BA – even though that’s quite hard to achieve when you’re flying from Heathrow.

    • Karen robertson says:

      Went and sat in them all – more comfortable than they look! There are also some much bigger work cubicles which are very comfy and secluded – really like them

  • Stu N says:

    OT – anyone else seeing delays in BA Amex Avios appearing in their BAEC account? My month’s spend left Amex on 2/11 and they haven’t appeared in BAEC yet. Usually happens overnight.

    • Neil says:

      Glad I’m not the only person having this problem! I was going to call Amex today – I will report back later.

      • Liz says:

        Yes me too – mine was 2/11 too and I haven’t received them yet!

      • ee says:

        I had the same problem and called Amex earlier in the week. They claimed it was a BA problems as they had sent the Avios on the due day (2nd). Apparently they have a backlog to process. Any how, checked my BAEC this morning and the miles have come overnight.

    • Lawro says:

      Interesting, having this problem on my SPG card.

      • Liz says:

        We have the SPG Card too with the same statement date as the BAPP – the SPG pts transferred over ok.

    • Anna says:

      Me too, last month they posted the next day, this time still waiting after 3 days. I thought they had just realised I will be cancelling my card this month and were using delaying tactics!

      • RussellH says:

        Almost exactly the same scenario with my SPG too. But Amex were cannier with me – they left 48 points behind when they cleared out my spend points and my sign-up bonus points. The 48 were showing in my points balance too before the transfer. I had expected to have cancelled my card by now, but instead I have decided to keep spending on it until around 25 Nov.

  • Gary E says:

    Can anyone confirm that access to the lounge is free with the Amex Platinum card

    • Rob says:

      Yes it is, reader just sent me some real pics and got in that way. 4 customers at the time!

    • N says:

      This seems to be the case.

      Can anyone confirm if an *expired* Amex Plat works?

      • Karen robertson says:

        They checked mine quite carefully . . . but maybe they’re reading this website!

        • Genghis says:

          Hi Karen. When they take the card off you on entry, what did they do? Swipe the card or just look at it?

        • Karen robertson says:

          Just looked at it and wrote some stuff on a logbook type thing. Didn’t seem to be any computerised stuff yet

        • RussellH says:

          What did work for me a few months ago was a long-expired AA card in a Moto/Costa services. previously they have just glanced at the card and given the 20% discount. This time they swiped the card through the till – still worked, even though it was a card I got about 18 months ago and never paid for.

  • Mike says:

    OT – does anyone have a link to the BAEC Map based reward flight finder, frustratingly I can’t locate it. I found it useful as it shows geographically the airports to which BA fly

  • Rich says:

    At least Jeremy Corbyn is starting to dress a little smarter.

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