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News in brief:

Exclusive Head for Points / 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

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.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2023)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK credit 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.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 £24.  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.

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

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £24 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (59)

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  • Julian says:

    Presumably someone somewhere decided that because London City has a higher percentage of Business passengers or otherwise sophisticated singles or couples than almost any other airport this made it a good place to trial a dedicated Priority Pass machine, in spite of the lack of a Business Class lounge for regular scheduled (i.e. non private jet) passengers) at that airport.

    Or was the idea perhaps that as London City has no business lounge itself this would make those passengers keener to sample the novelty of business lounges at the return airport on their way home. Also the other logical point is that as London City has no business lounge of its own then perhaps many of its customers have worked out there is no point in buying a Business Class return ticket but feel it is worth having a way of access the Business lounge at the return airport without often having to shell out more than the total cost of the annual unlimited use Priority Pass to buy a Business Class ticket…………….

    Also At most other airports the majority of passengers will have no idea what a Business lounge actually is and nor would regular users of those lounges welcome access being marketed to the parents of loud and leery passengers with badly behaved children who would normally through ignorance happily remain in the Cattle Class lounge.

  • Mike says:

    Am I the only one that got all excited there and thought that they might have installed a vending machine that accepts priority pass rather than one that sells them?

    • ebungle says:

      LOL, I didn’t, but I like the way you are thinking.

    • Jordan D says:

      I thought the very same!

    • Alex W says:

      Me too. I had visions of swiping my PP and mini bottles of champagne dropping out ????

    • Ben says:

      Yes I thought this would be dispensing something as a fairly crass yet novel solution to those airports without a PP lounge. Even a bottle of water would be better than nothing!

      • Lumma says:

        Would be an expensive bottle of water if you didn’t have an unlimited visit priority pass 🙂

  • Roger says:

    OT-Marriott Travel Package

    I posted yesterday about two of the Marriott in Singapore.
    Tang Plaza has been more forth coming and would probably end up there for a week.
    I am still trying to convince myself whether that is a good use of another 30000 SPG points (240K total MR points). Note this includes booking for two adults and two kids.

    Any experience of upgrading Marriott travel package travel package and advice on pros and cons?

    • Jonny says:

      Personally I find the higher category Marriotts as better value point redemptions – modest point difference can often translate into a much better hotel (and better value per point).

    • JamesB says:

      Would be Barnet to stay 7 nights in Singapore, 7 hours is perfect. All you need is a free transit tour.

  • Roger says:

    Also, any ideas on how do I qualify for points saver rewards?
    Std stay requires 40000 points per night (for 7 nights it is 240 k – due to 5th night free).
    However pointsaver only requires 35000 points (a saving of 30000 marriott or 10k SPG points)

    Appreciate any thoughts on this.

    • ankomonkey says:

      I think Pointsaver prices are offered by certain hotels at certain times. As far as I know, everyone is eligible to book hotels at the Pointsaver prices. The key to this is that the hotel is offering them. I have no idea how it’s decided which hotels are in Pointsaver at any point in time.

    • Alex W says:

      I don’t think you can mix a travel package with points saver. Due the miles you get, travel package is surely better value.

  • Walty says:

    Anyone else detest folks who jump in and start Off Topic threads!?

    No, its a bits thread and therefore the most appropriate place to ask a question / add a comment. You just stick to your option B if it annoys you so much.

  • Lumma says:

    Or you could just ignore something that you’re not interested in?

    One of the best things about this site is that you can find out valuable information about this hobby from both Rob and other commenters who have superb knowledge on this subject. If the off topic comments were truly off topic (talking about last night’s television/recent sporting events, etc.) then you could have a point but I like the site the way it is.

  • N says:

    Go for option B if you feel so strongly about this.

    Bits/comments/OT keep me coming back to this site a few times a day, and are sometimes more useful than the article itself (sorry Rob!).

  • ebungle says:

    I agree it is very annoying.

    Btw I just bought a new car.

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