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The Marco Polo Club lounge at Venice Airport joins Priority Pass

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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. 

Marco Polo lounge Venice airport

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.

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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 (101)

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  • Richard says:

    seems incredibly petty from Hilton/amex, any theories as to the real reason they said no to the kid? higher chance of them touching something they shouldn’t I suppose? seems weak sauce to me.

  • Si says:

    Don’t most race driver’s start racing karts when they’re about 4-5? I assume the funding for that investment and development only comes from Pampers?

  • Richard says:

    F1 stupidity operating at maximum! Don’t forget this year they have replaced the “grid girls” with “grid kids” – I hadn’t realised the kids would have to be blindfolded 😉

  • Melvin says:

    If anything is labelled as a ‘sleepover’ then there should be children involved otherwise it’s just weird!

    Hilton/Amex should hang their heads in shame.

  • Anna says:

    OT – Hilton Honors. Can I pick the brains of readers who have more experience – as I understand I should have Silver membership as a HH visa card holder, but it’s not showing on my account (I’ve emailed them about this). Is this usual?

    Also, when I upgrade to Gold through the Amex Platinum, will that also show on my account or will I have to show proof of status at check in for the free breakfasts et.c? I’ve got 9 nights at Hiltons in August and want to make the most of them. Thanks in advance, this site is like having a personal travel mentor!

    • the_real_a says:

      For the gold upgrade you need to apply for this through the form on the AMEX website. Once done it can take a couple of weeks for the Gold status to be applied. However once your Hilton account is upgraded, then the hotel can see your status on their systems and you will often see your room upgraded one or two days before check-in. Its always a good idea to have the app on your phone working so in the unlikely event your HH number gets disconnected form your booking you can quickly prove your status. This happens to me all the time on Club Carlson, but hasn’t happened on Hilton to date.

    • paulm says:

      No it’s not usual. It should all show in the app/account as you will need to pick your preference (points/breakfast) called my way benefits

    • John says:

      Occasionally you will find that the hotel only has your status from at the time of booking, so you may need to show your card/the app, but this seems to be happening less frequently these days.

  • Oxonlad says:

    Pay just £10 for a Railcard by getting a friend who has a rail season ticket and travel gold card to buy the ticket for you. This is a benefit season ticket/gold card owners.

    • John says:

      That’s a Network Railcard which has different rules to other railcards, notably that it can’t be used before 1000 on working days and there is a £13 minimum fare after 1000.

  • David TC says:

    When did you last visit the Marco Polo lounge at VCE? Do keep up. It has been completely refurbished and is lovely now. Food and drinks service much improved as is the decor.

    • Rob says:

      Last August.

    • simon says:

      That is in the piece tbf! Unless Rob has added it after posting. And I thinkw ecan forgive Rob for not having visited every lounge worldwide in the last couple of weeks to ensure he has the latest information.

  • Alan says:

    About time for Venice – up until now they’ve only had the landside Travelex business centre, which was truly awful!

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