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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 (May 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

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 £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.

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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  • Andrew_A says:

    OT – BA Companion Voucher
    My OH just hit over 10K spend on the free BA Card and upgraded to the BAPP card, her year end is not for another 6 weeks. The BA Companion voucher has landed in her account but is only valid for one year and we were assuming it should be two. I thought I had read recently of this happening to someone else but can’t find the post. Should she contact Amex regarding this or are we stuck with it?
    Incidentally, she received 6000 bonus points for the upgrade as well.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      I think you have tu upgrade to BAPP before hitting the 10K target in order to get the voucher with 2-year validity.

      • Andrew_A says:

        Thanks. I was hoping that wasn’t the case as we just went over the 10K a few days before she upgraded.

        • meta says:

          No, that’s not the case. At least it wasn’t for me last year when I upgraded. I hit £10k, upgraded a few days later. Got the voucher with 1 year validity, but I complained to both BA and Amex and they manually processed it (in about two-three weeks). They said it is in IT issue and I am entitled to 2-year one. You will need to call as it can’t be solved via Amex chat.

    • sedgie252 says:

      In 2017 I upgraded to the BAPP card just before my free card year end after spending £17k (I wasn’t going to make it to £20k) and got a voucher with 2-year validity.

  • wally1976 says:

    OT – offer on my Amex Gold or £100 off £300 spend at Pride of Britain Hotels. Never heard of them personally but might be useful to someone!

    Save to Card to get a £100 statement credit on eligible spend of £300+ in participating hotel(s) at Pride of Britain Hotels by 25/5/2018. Valid once per Card for the first 15,000 Cardmembers to save. Terms, location & payment restrictions apply.
    See Participating Locations
    Book and pay by the offer end date.
    Available in participating hotel(s).
    Only one credit per UK Card.
    Offer only applies to spend made in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet.
    Offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and is not valid for transactions made using Payment Aggregators.
    An awarded credit may be reversed if qualifying transaction is refunded or cancelled.
    Credit should appear on your billing statement within 5 days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 25/5/2018.
    For full Offer Terms and more details about statement credits click here.
    By saving the offer to your Card, you agree to the Offer Terms.

    • wally1976 says:

      Participating Hotels:

      The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7FD
      Ellenborough Park, Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3NJ
      Glenapp Castle Hotel, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, KA26 0NZ
      Seaham Hall, Lord Bryon’s Walk, Seaham, Country Durham, SR7 7AG
      Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ
      Swan at Lavenham, High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk, C010 9QA
      Whatley Manor, Easton Grey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0RB

      • Lumma says:

        Seaham Hall, although not quite as good as it was a decade ago (when I worked there 🙂 ha), is still one of the best hotels in the north east. So if that’s the stanďard of hotel, it could be a worth while deal

      • Rob says:

        Whatley Manor is very, very plush. No kids allowed.

      • Tilly says:

        Sopwell House and The Swan at Lavenham very nice.

  • Alex Sm says:

    Could it be a case of putting a cart in front of a horse and just an indication of a PP lounge to be opened very soon at LCY? Rob, you should investigate!

  • JamesR says:

    In regards to Kaligo… there’s a X2 promo on at the moment too.. a hotel I’ve got my eye on is giving me 16,000 for a 4 night £400 stay..

    Should I still wait? Because that promo runs out tomorrow.

    • Cate says:

      Can you reserve it at all on a fully refundable basis? 16,000 points is still good and would be a shame if you went double-or-quit and end up with the quits on an already good offer.

    • Rob says:

      Tricky. We will be offering 8,000 bonus Avios – on top of the standard earnings – for a £700 COMBINED spend over a period. If you are only spending £400 and don’t see an option to book another £300 of rooms (by end March for stays until 31/12) then take the current deal.

      • Kevin says:

        If booking via Kaligo would I still get the benefits in accordance with my hotel elite status, eg. Diamond of HH or Spire of IHG?

  • Kiran says:

    OT – AmEx cross referrals. I’m trying to refer from an SPG card to a BAPP but my referee and myself can’t see anywhere on either the e-mail or web page the link takes you to where you can select another card. Does this only work if you are referring from an MR-based card?

    • Genghis says:

      If you scroll down on the referral link page does it not show all the other cards?

  • RussellH says:

    Anyone else get a new offer from Billhop?

    Refer a friend and get a £500 of fee free transfers. Friend gets £250 fee free. Refer three friends and get £1500 fee free etc.

    I have not looked at the website, just quoting from their e-mail.

    • S says:

      Yeah, I got it. A send to many it seems. Sounds quite good, though the savings are quite small. Every little helps I suppose.

  • Axel says:

    OT- Etihad offering 20% bonus conversions of points from HSBC, accor, IHG & Hilton through March

    • Alex Sm says:

      Have you seen any reverse offers? Need to use about 20,000 EY points due to expire soon and looking for options before the last resort option of simple cashing out

      • Rob says:

        Cashing out is not a bad deal because the weak £ makes PointsPay more attractive than it was.

        • Alex says:

          Thanks, I guess that we will have to end up with that anyways… Wanted to use them on Garuda regional flights but availability is poor and booking process is too tedious

  • JamesB says:

    OT: There is a buy miles promotion on at Alaska. Superb for anybody wanting to explore Japan as an add on to an Asia trip. JAL business class is just 25k A-Japan stopover-B for regional flights including midhaul 6h+ flights to BKK, KUL and SIN. Many of these are overnight flights so flat bed comes in handy and saves on expensive Japan hotels with early am arrivals and late pm departures. There has been quite a lot of comments on Japan and Asia on HFP recently so I thought this was worth mentioning.

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