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New Durham Tees Valley / Teesside International airport 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.

Durham Tees Valley premium lounge

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.)

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (February 2024)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK 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.

You also get access to Eurostar, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 £24.  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 Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network.  Guests are charged at £24 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 (55)

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  • Matt says:

    “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 like a good deal!”

    Is £21.95 the correct number there?

  • Roger says:

    Is Amex offer stackable i.e. two rentals with say £65 each will get £20 off £130 spend?

    • Jay says:

      Yes I used on 2 bookings last time with cumulative spend over £125 and got the offer.

  • callum says:

    Does anyone have any idea if rentals in Australia/New Zealand would work? The Avis site lists them under the “Asia Pacific” region, though obviously they aren’t actually in Asia.

    • guesswho2000 says:

      Given that the T&Cs state only Asia, rather than Asia Pacific I’d assume not.

      • guesswho2000 says:

        Although their wording is horrific, so you never know – “the US (North America and Canada)”…didn’t realise Canada was part of the US now.

        • callum says:

          Yeah, I assumed not at first but then realised they’re pretty “loose” with geographical descriptions! I guess I could just ask them…

  • Chris says:

    ‘When you rent a car’ – does a van count for this promotion?

  • Mark says:

    I can’t see any limits on the Avis deal in terms of number of bookings. Could this apply twice on two separate bookings?

  • Will says:

    The Finnair bonus is a tempting deal tbh but hard to know without experimenting with routes.

    Do you know anyone who has done the research and/or has tables. Imagine the options to Asia might look quite interesting?

  • Sandgrounder says:

    Finnair charge 59k return in business from the UK to Dubai via Helsinki. You cannot perform a dummy booking to check availability and see the tax/charges amount unless you have a balance sufficient for the booking. Does anyone have any experience/knowledge they can share?

    • Gavin says:

      You can find the taxes / charges on ITA Matrix or do a dummy cash booking

  • Dale says:

    Not tempted by these offers any more, they are usually more expensive when you have status with Avis, and I have never received the promised 5000 avios from the BAEC promotion at Christmas.

    It is so much hassle to try and chase these up

    • Rob says:

      I didn’t receive mine either so called Avis customer services, who wrote to the appropriate department within BA Exec Club and within a couple of days, the points were posted. Was efficient and easy.

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