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Bits: Venice lounge joins Priority Pass, 20% off F&F railcards, that Facebook / Amex / Hilton competition

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News in brief:

Marco Polo Club at Venice joins Priority Pass

The Marco Polo Club airport lounge at Venice has (re)joined Priority Pass.

I have used this lounge numerous times as a British Airways status cardholder.  The main benefit is the size – it is big.  That said, I always found it fairly crowded in peak season because some US airlines run long-haul flights to Venice with a lot of premium passengers.  The decor is poor and food limited, although one comment  below suggests things have changed since I was last there in August.

It is also available to anyone with a free Lounge Club pass from their American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card or a Mastercard World Elite LoungeKey pass.  You can get two free Priority Pass cards, each admitting two people to a participating lounge, with the American Express Platinum charge card.

Marco Polo lounge Venice airport

20% off Friends & Family Railcards

Until 30th March, in time for the school holidays, you can save 20% on a Friends & Family Railcard.   You need to buy via the Railcards website here and use code EST20GA.

The price will drop from £30 to £24.  The card will save you 33% of adult rail journeys in standard class and 60% off for accompanying children.

That Hilton / Amex / Facebook competition ….

On 3rd March I wrote about a competition Hilton was running on Facebook which was exclusive to Amex Platinum cardholders.   The article generated a lot of comments because the entry form was so scruffy that a lot of people thought it was a scam until I got hold of the original ad.

The entry criteria were so restrictive that I was pretty sure a HFP reader would win – and I was right.  The prize was a sleepover at the McLaren Technology Centre in a Hilton Hotels & Resorts bed and viewing of the Australian grand prix.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that the winner wanted to bring his 9-year old nephew.  Amex / Hilton refused – even though there was no age restriction in the rules, except that the entrant had to be over 18 – because there would be “alcohol branding” on display.  No compensation has been offered.  As the father of a 10-year old, that the fact that my daughter may see “alcohol branding” on display at any event we attend has never caused me any overt concern …..

PS.  Above is a photo from the last daytime Hilton tour of the McLaren Technology Centre, where 80% of the guests were HFP readers.  Note the children in the picture.

PPS.  As per the comments below, the replacement winner is also a HFP reader!

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  1. Scott Lawrie says:

    We were in the Marco Polo Lounge earlier this month and found it to be great. I think it’s maybe had a bit of a refurb since last year.
    Food wasn’t Michelin star quality like in some lounges but did the job.

  2. OT but carrying on the conversation about TripAdvisor Rentals – has anyone used these? Have seen some interesting deals on villa/condo/apartment at popular holiday destinations.

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