A very interesting Groupon deal has come up which will get you into the new Plaza Premium lounge in BA’s Heathrow Terminal 5 for just £19, and just £16 for further visits.
Let’s take a step back first for some background …..
If you do not have airline status or are not travelling in Business or First Class, the only way to get airport lounge access (without paying steep walk-up prices) is via membership of a lounge club.
The three major lounge access cards are:
Priority Pass (buy outright here via a generous Black Friday discount or free with Amex Platinum)
Lounge Club (two free visits per year for Amex Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders) and
LoungeKey (for MasterCard World Elite cardholders, eg HSBC Premier)
These are all owned by the same company, Collinson Latitude. Whilst there are some differences between the lounges available across the three Collinson Latitude products, the similarities are far greater.
DragonPass is the only independent group offering airport lounge access cards. It is not connected with Collinson. This has allowed it to cut some interesting deals which are not available with the three Collinson products.
Here are some interesting London examples which are NOT available with Priority Pass or Lounge Club:
Exclusive DragonPass offers at Heathrow:
In Terminal 5 and Terminal 2, you can use the Regus Express business centre lounge in Arrivals
In Terminal 5, you can use the new Plaza Premium departures lounge
In Terminal 3, you can use the No 1 Lounge in departures (this is in Priority Pass but not Lounge Club)
You get dining discounts – but no freebies – at The Prince of Wales (T4), Giraffe (T3, T5), Comptoir Libonais (T4), The Curator (T3), Apostrophe (T4), Wonder Tree (T2), Market Gardener (T3)
Exclusive DragonPass offers at Gatwick:
In South Terminal, you can use the Regus Express business centre lounge in Arrivals
You can get dining discounts – but no freebies – at Nicholas Culpepper (North), Giraffe (South), Garfunkels (North), Wonder Tree (South), Apostrophe (South), Eat (North), Armadillo (North), Shake-a-Hula (North), Comptoir Libonais (North), Joe’s Coffee House (South)
You can search the DragonPass lounge directory here.
What does a DragonPass card cost?
The standard prices for a DragonPass card are listed here (toggle to £ in the menu bar):
£68 gets you one lounge visit, with future visits and guests charged at £16
£128 gets you eight lounge visits, with future visits and guests charged at £16
£268 gets you unlimited lounge visits, with guests charged at £16
However, at the moment there is a very attractive deal available via Groupon.
The Groupon deal – save 57%
Via Groupon, you can buy a 1-year DragonPass card for just £29 instead of £68.
If you do not have a Groupon account already, code NEW50 should take a further £10 off if this is your first order, taking your cost down to just £19.
This includes your first lounge visit for free. Future visits plus guests, as per the above, will be charged at £16.
This is an excellent way of accessing the very impressive new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 (see our coverage here and here and here.) This lounge charges £40 on the door and the only other way in at present is by showing an American Express Platinum charge card. It does NOT take Priority Pass, Lounge Club or LoungeKey.
Even if you only planned to make one visit to Plaza Premium in Terminal 5, this is £11 cheaper (£21 cheaper if you use the NEW50 code) than paying £40 on the door. Future visits will save you £24 each time. Given the cost of food and drink in the terminal, you won’t struggle to get £16 of value from a visit to Plaza Premium Terminal 5.
It is worth nothing that the lounge is incredibly quiet. I have never seen a report which said it had more than 10 guests. Unless it starts to accept Priority Pass, or until American Express starts to promote it to Platinum cardholders, I expect it to remain a haven of solitude!
If you want to buy, the Groupon link for a cheap DragonPass is here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 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.