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New Durham Tees Valley lounge now open

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Durham Tees Valley Airport has opened the Premium Lounge.  It replaces the previous Swissport lounge.

The cash price of £21.95 seems a little toppy, but let’s see.  It makes the £25 – £35 being charged by the three new Leeds Bradford lounges look even more expensive.

You get access for free with a Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum or buy one here) or a Lounge Club card (two free entries if you have an Amex Gold card).  KLM, Eastern Airways and Loganair passengers with qualifying tickets will also be able to use the lounge.

Further details can be found on the airport website here.

If anyone is there in the next week or so and could send us a few ‘real life’ photos and a couple of paragraphs on how they found it, that would be great.

Durham Tees Valley premium lounge

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual 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.

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  1. Brandon says:

    Hmm I already have an Avis booking for those dates… wonder if i adjust where i credit the Frequent Flyers miles to I will get the bonus 6k, it doesnt appear like the terms and conditions say you need to book it via the Virgin Link?

  2. Any idea if I book a car for 3 days but return after 2, will I get the miles? 🙂

  3. Colin JE says:

    Neither my wife or I got the Virgin points on our last two Avis rentals. We had booked through BA but got the Avis rep to add or Virgin number to the booking. Missed out on the Avios as a result.
    Any tips how to get those points to credit?

  4. adds CDW insurance automatically, but I don’t need it as I have Amex Platinum insurance.

    Can I book at and untick the CDW? Would that be ok?

    • If it lets you, yes – not sure what the office is legally obliged to add on (assuming this is a UK rental).

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