News in brief:
Park Plaza London £119 deal
The Park Plaza hotel group has launched a £119 promotion for its London hotels.
This is a very good deal, because Park Plaza has some very decent hotels in the capital. You need to book by midnight on Monday for stays before 8th April.
The best properties are the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (reviewed here, it is the big round building opposite the Houses of Parliament) or the Plaza on the River (this one is £129). The County Hall, Waterloo, Victoria, Sherlock Holmes and London Riverbank properties are £119.
Park Plaza is part of Club Carlson so you will earn points in that scheme, which can be topped up by a transfer (at 1:3) of American Express Membership Rewards points. American Express Platinum cardholders will have Club Carlson Gold status.
The special booking link for the £119 deal is here.
Virgin Clubhouse in Los Angeles joins Priority Pass
It will also be available to anyone with a free Lounge Club pass from their American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card or a Mastercard World Elite LoungeKey pass.
You can also get two free Priority Pass cards, each admitting two people to a participating lounge, with the American Express Platinum charge card.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in LA is located on Level 4 in Terminal 2 and accessible to both domestic and international customers. It is a 4,000-square foot space.
It will only be open to Priority Pass holders in the mornings when there are no Virgin Atlantic departures.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge 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.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply 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 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.