British Airways adds lounge access at more European airports including Porto and Reykjavik
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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.
Anika reviewed the lounge in Porto last year. Click here to see what you have been missing.
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
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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 Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
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
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 £20. 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.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard
A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review
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.