News: Big Avios / Kaligo promo tomorrow, the bizarre Priority Pass vending machine at City
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News in brief:
Exclusive Head for Points / Kaligo.com Avios offer
If you are looking to make some hotel bookings at the moment, I strongly recommend waiting until tomorrow. We will be launching an EXCLUSIVE Avios promotion in association with hotel booking site Kaligo.com.
You will be able to earn up to 10,000 bonus Avios on your forthcoming stays.
Visit HfP tomorrow to find out the full details.
London City has a Priority Pass vending machine …. but no lounge
Reader Tony sent me the photo below of a Priority Pass vending machine!
Yes, it is odd. Is there really a market for a machine vending £69 – £233 Priority Pass airport lounge membership cards?
What is really bizarre is where he found this machine.
London City Airport.
The airport with no lounge unless you pay to use the lounge in the Private Jet Centre next door which we reviewed here. It isn’t in Priority Pass anyway. There could be a few confused / annoyed Priority Pass customers out there.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (April 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
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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.