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!
Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here. You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here.
You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here. The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much. Additional visits are charged at £20 per person. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. No annual fee in Year 1. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course). The card has an annual 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.