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.
(EDIT: Since this article was published, we managed to review the lounge. Here is our review of the lounge at Teesside International / Durham Tees Valley Airport.)
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two 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.
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.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.