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Excellent Groupon deal for DragonPass – a cheap way to use Plaza Premium lounge in T5

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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)

Obviously DragonPass will also get you into most of the ‘usual suspect’ lounges which Priority Pass can also access such as Aspire and No 1 Lounges sites.

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%

Click here for the offer.

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

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (February 2024)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK 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.

You also get access to Eurostar, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £24.  You get four 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network.  Guests are charged at £24 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (87)

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  • TripRep says:

    Hmm, either that or filtering out my suggestions for getting a better deal…

  • Fivebobbill says:

    Was in T5 Plaza Premium 2 weeks ago Saturday Rob, en route Belfast – Basel, had a 4 hour stopover from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Lounge was almost empty at breakfast, but by lunch (11.30ish) it had noticably picked up. Whilst still very comfortable, there were a lot more than 10 people in there, i would guess around 30 or more… including the photographer and leggy model!
    A very relaxing 4 hours though, and a huge improvement over Aspire.
    Am travelling BA biz via T5 in early January, and will definitely be giving Galleries a miss in favour of PP… assuming they havent thrown the doors open by then.

  • Jeff says:

    Card valid till 31.3.2018 – so not so annual but still interesting

    • Andy says:

      Doesn’t that mean you have to redeem the deal by then?

      • the real harry1 says:

        definitely advertised as a 1-year deal so I’d query that with DP, sounds like a correctable mistake

  • Kilburnflyer says:

    Anyone know if a Dragon pass could be set up with an Irish billing address? Want to get someone a Dragon pass for a gift but they live in Dublin. Advice appreciated, thanks

    • the real harry1 says:

      sure, it’s worldwide availability

      as the name suggests, they are headquartered in China – though they have a UK customer services centre

  • Viaduct says:

    The Groupon-linked DragonPass refers to a one-year pass, but under ‘Fine Print, on the Groupon site, it states ‘Expires 31 Mar 2018’. Does the one-year pass, if bought via Groupon today, expire on 31 Mar 2018?

  • Colin JE says:

    The DP is also issued if you have the travel pack with a Barclays Bank account. More expensive than Groupon but it includes 6 Free visits, extras at £15 and if you have a joint account your other half will get a card too (it’s 6 shared though, not each) . Plus travel insurance and Euro RAC.

  • Lady London says:

    Priority Pass wouldn’t let me delay the start of a new Priority pass till a couple of month’s time. I’ve been looking at Dragonpass for some time looking for a deal due to the Regus hookup (Regus lounges around the world, I miss you!). I’m going to take this Dragonpass deal for now. Then I’ll think if I really need to stay with Priority Pass, or not.

  • pointsarb says:

    @ TRH1 did you base your ‘guests go free’ with member (hence appeal to families) comment above based on your personal experience as luck getting your family in free or is it actual Dragon Pass policy? Cheers!

    • the real harry1 says:

      I rang them up & asked – a couple of days ago 🙂

      it’s not ‘guests go free’, though, it’s ‘guests get in with the main cardholder @ £16 each’

      I was more concerned about how a Luddite mobile phone user (mine is a 2007 brick with a rudimentary screen) could do this, ie no app on mobile – they said I could download/ print a PDF of my membership credentials then add the extra passes on with my PC at home

      I think in reality I’d just use one of my kids’ mobiles + the app

      • pointsarb says:

        Thanks for confirmation, so that would be £64 for one visit for our family of 4. I’ll stick with Priority Pass issued via Amex Plat me thinks! Cheers

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