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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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  • Steve says:

    Very much OT (& apologies if you have flagged this previously Rob) but I have just booked a number of tours / excursions via Aviator and using the Avios landing page. Currently paying 14 Avios for every £1 of expenditure which didn’t seem too shabby at all to my mind.

    I’ve booked a number of tours via Viator in the past and whilst it’s very much dependent on how good the tour operator or firm on the ground is, this strikes me as pretty good value – worth it if you are considering booking some trips before you fly/travel.

    Typically usually 7 Avios per £ I believe, offer runs until month end.

    • mark2 says:

      you can also get Marriott points (higher rate I believe) at Marriott MORE. It depends which you want.

  • J says:

    OT: Received Avios/Tesco email today:

    “Thank you for entering our recent competition by turning your Tesco Clubcard vouchers into Avios.
    You are the lucky winner of 5,500 Avios
    You don’t need to do anything to claim your prize, 5,500 Avios will be credited to your account in the next 28 days.”

    I converted 45,000 avios over the period.

  • Chris L says:

    OT: now that I have earned my BAPP Companion Voucher, can I downgrade to the free card until the new membership year and receive a pro rate refund, and also keep the voucher’s 24 month expiry date?

  • Alistair says:

    OT – I have an Air France flight LHR-CDG on Friday which now looks like it may be cancelled due to AF staff calling for strike action on Friday (there’s a national strike in France on Thursday).

    I have 50k Flying Blue miles due to expire in a couple of weeks, which I was why I was using AF for this flight. Assuming my flight (not with AF) out of CDG on Saturday isn’t affected then I’ll be away on holiday and unable to take another AF flight until after my flying blue miles expire.

    Am I ever likely to get them not to expire my miles?

    Worst case, what’s the best option for exchanging or using flying blue miles in a hurry?

  • Darren says:

    OT, BA redemption dynamic pricing.

    Just checking BA HKG redemptions and noticed that in Feb 2019 I was quoted 165000 rather than the usual 150000.

    On the BA redemption finder site the off peak/peak option is greyed out from 2019.

    Have I missed the role out of this or is it common knowledge?

    • Darren says:

      Should say these were tagged as offpeak on

    • Rob says:

      Off peak dates are showing fine in the booking engine above the dates.

      • Darren says:

        The specific dates were 4th to 18th Feb, CW both ways, both tagged as off peak.
        Tried again and the journey summary was 165000.

    • JamesB says:

      Booked an off peak CW seat for January 20th, everything was as expected.

  • Tom1 says:

    o/t – a quick thank-you to all on here.

    Just back from our first real HFP inspired holiday. We managed to cram in these offers…

    £50 off £200 on Amex travel (EK economy flights)
    5 nights points redemption at Habtoor Grand. (5 nights for price of 4)
    Amex plat for SPG Gold = Marriott gold = executive lounge (breakfast, afternoon tea and free alcoholic drinks 6-8pm)
    Upgrade to 1 bedroom club suite.
    Held on to plat a little longer than needed to use airport lounges in UK and DXB.
    Travel insurance through platinum also.
    Curve card used everywhere in Dubai, linked to Hilton Visa.

    After all of the above, my favourite achievement was using Deliveroo (with signup bonus) for Five Guys delivery to the pool for lunch – cheaper than a single cheese toastie at the pool bar!

    Thanks again to all – now for planning the next one!

  • Ali says:

    OT: I need £500 more spend on BAPP to trigger my 241 voucher. Q1. any good MS ideas? I’m thinking oyster topup and supermarket gift cards… Q2. if the purchase that triggered the voucher is refunded after voucher is triggered, would the 241 voucher be revoked? Thanks!

    • Anna says:

      I don’t know about the refund but I suspect there will be something in place to stop people doing this deliberately. You might just go into minus avios for next time. Not sure what they would do if you’d already used the voucher!

      A good way of hitting your target – if your council takes PayPal it’s a new council tax year in 10 days. Otherwise gift cards for shops you use a lot (or Amazon top ups), or buy Xmas & birthday presents in advance.

      • Anna says:

        There aren’t many good sources of MS in this country. I don’t know if anyone has had any success with buying gold (not jewellery) and re-selling it when the price goes up? I know you can buy relatively small amounts as an investment but i’m not confident enough to do it!

    • Rob says:

      No, not revoked. However if the refund goes into your new card year then it increases the spend needed next year, so you would have a £10500 target and not £10000.

    • Darren says:

      I triggered a 241 a couple of months early when I had a refund, then paid for something but the refund was not taken into account. So yes it’s possible but not in the spirit of it.

    • Tracy says:

      Not sure if you have kids or not but parentpay works for me. I top it up using my amex and use it to pay school lunches, school trips etc. Only good if your school uses it though 🙂

  • Simon says:

    I want to travel LON-NYC on BA.

    I have 40k amex points and 3k avios. I’ve not bought any points. My flights will be a shade over £1k for 2 people in economy. Can anybody suggest the cheapest way to book these flights?


    • Clive says:

      Simon before you commit at those prices for economy check Dublin to US as prices in economy can be very low. You can use your Avios for RFS to Dublin.

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