News in brief:
Heathrow Rewards adds a new airline partner
Heathrow Rewards is adding a new airline partner today – Royal Brunei.
You will be able to transfer your Heathrow Rewards points (available from airport shopping, parking or Heathrow Express tickets) into Royal Brunei Royal Skies miles at the rate of 1:1, in chunks of 250.
It joins a list of airline transfer partners that includes Avios, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad and Singapore Airlines.
If you transfer your points to Royal Brunei during December, you will be entered into a competition to win a pair of return flights from Heathrow to Dubai with Royal Brunei.
Regus Express business lounge coming to Heathrow Terminal 3
If you have ever used the Regus Express business lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5 Arrivals, Heathrow Terminal 2 or at Gatwick, you will be pleased to know that a Regus Express is opening in Heathrow Terminal 3 very soon.
This could be used as a departure lounge because it is quite well positioned. It is situated by Pret a Manger which is UP the escalator from the check-in hall. Regular users of Terminal 3 will know that you turn left at the top of the escalator to get to security. The Regus Express is on the right, tucked away around the corner.
The problem with using this before a flight is, of course, that you still need to clear security and will need to very aware of the cut-off time. It will be an option for anyone who is at the airport a couple of hours early and would prefer to do an hour of work in the Regus lounge before going airside.
You will be able to get access with a Regus Gold card or with a DragonPass airport lounge access pass. I imagine that you can also pay, but if you were planning to do that it would be preferable to clear security and pay for the No 1 Lounge (review) or Club Aspire (review) lounges in Terminal 3 instead. Regus lounges are not part of Priority Pass or Lounge Club.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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.