Kudos to BA.
Last September, we published a list of British Airways European destinations which did not offer lounge access.
There are some airports on the British Airways network which simply do not have an airport lounge, as I found out in Pula, Croatia last Summer. There isn’t much British Airways can do about this. There are others, however, where there is a lounge but British Airways simply refuses to pay for it.
British Airways is now doing what it can to set this right. In early February, they added Innsbruck, Ibiza, Krakow and Seville.
As of this Monday, you can now also access a lounge at Porto and Reykjavik.
The campaign continues!
These airports have a lounge which BA won’t pay for but you can use a Priority Pass instead:
Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis HER
Olbia/Costa Smeralda OLB
Palermo/Punta Raisi PMO (landside)
Paphos International PFO
Thessaloniki Macedonia International SKG (as of 1st July 2017)
Rhodes – Diagoras International RHU
These airports have a lounge which BA won’t pay for and which only accept cash, not Priority Pass / Lounge Club:
Bari/Palese International BRI
Dalaman International DLM
London City Airport LCY (in the Private Jet Terminal)
And finally, here is a reminder of British Airways-served airports which have no lounge at all so you can’t blame BA for not letting you in:
Bergen, Flesland Airport BGO
Corfu / Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport CFU
Chania International Airport CHQ
Frederico Garcia Lorca GRX
Skiathos Island National JSI
San Javier MJV
Nantes Atlantique NTE
PS. This is a crowd-sourced list originally developed by Flyertalk readers, E&OE!
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 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.
The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list. Additional visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. There is no annual fee 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.