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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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  • palcsaky says:

    Does the Virgin offer stack with the Avis preferred membership or would the latter rule out the bonus miles?

    • Chris A says:

      I’ve just spoken to somebody at Avis customer services, who said that being Avis preferred will not affect whether you get the miles or not.
      This is enough for me to go with, and will make a booking today using my Avis preferred as it is a reasonable price for a hire that I needed in any case.

      • rash says:

        Just to clarify for everybody and someone please correct me if I am wrong but last time the points were ONLY being credited if you booked via the link specific for the promotion. A few folks who did not get their 6,000 miles credited had booked through the normal Avis website…

        • Rob says:

          Seem so, yes, although the rules do not specify that.

        • Leo says:

          We booked via the link and got the points last month; further bookings made also via the link so if any probs will report back. Avis in San Diego tried to rip us off on the petrol….all sorted eventually with Amex assistance.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    ‘New Durham lounge’ it says in the headline. As Durham doesn’t have an airport I was hoping that Virgin Trains East Coast had opened at first class lounge at Durham station. I did notice a doorway temporarily boarded up in the station when I passed a couple of weeks ago so I thought there was some work going on.

    • Darren says:

      Durham Tees Valley, referencing the County rather than the city.

      It was rebranded from Teesside Airport a number of years ago and has been in a spiral of decline since. The last time I used it, which was many moons ago, there was a charge for simply walking through the door due to a lack of any decent revenue streams within the place.

      It’s been clinging on for some time now.

      • Lumma says:

        It’s the perfect airport, if you live in Darlington and like flying to Aberdeen or Amsterdam.

        It’s actually a shame how much it’s declined, wasn’t a bad airport 10 years ago with some decent low-cost options with BMI baby. When I briefly lived in Ireland the flights to Dublin were far better timed than the ones from Newcastle

        • Darren says:

          Agree it is a shame, a London link and a Holiday airline are sorely missed. I think Easyjet run training out of it?

        • Genghis says:

          And the railway station is a mile away from the airport and the train stops once a week! I remember flying from Teesside as a kid on charter flights. Shame.

  • fritzrob78 says:

    With the Finnair transfer promotion is there anyway of transferring on to BAEC? Or is there any sign of an MR transfer bonus to BAEC in the near future?

  • lammy52 says:

    Does the Amex £20 off apply only to a single transaction, or is it aggregable?

  • Leo says:

    Quick google tells me that Finnair’s “Junior awards for kids 2 to 17 are half-off” and that “Finnair imposes considerable fuel surcharges on some routes for both its own flights and some partners, but it has eliminated charges on all European routes, as well as flights to Dubai and Tel Aviv”.

    Makes the deal any better? Or is this only applicable to Finnair ant OW redemptions?

  • Alex says:

    Are we likely to see an Amex MR > BA transfer bonus over the summer?

    • Rob says:

      No. Amex UK has stopped doing them because it is cheaper if you are not encouraged to redeem for miles and redeem for gift vouchers etc instead. (Cost to Amex = 0.5p per point when you take a gift voucher, 1p per point when you take a mile)

  • Tony says:

    I think you probably need to spend more time in regular airport facilities if £21.95 looks toppy!

    I paid £9 for two coffees in an airport the other week. I recall buying a double G&T at NCL a year or so back and that was over a tenner.

    Price it below this level and it’ll be eternally rammed.

    • Rob says:

      I admit I am not a frequent user of regular airport facilities in the UK! Although I assume the Pret in T5, tucked around by A3 etc, is cheap and decent.

      • Lumma says:

        Unless I’m departing very early, I tend to think that £20 for lounge entry is a no brainer if I don’t have access otherwise. A couple of beers and a snack are going to set me back somewhere around that anyway. Once they become over £25 that’s when it’s worth checking out a review or 2.

        It’s not the greatest lounge but the MyLounge at Gatwick North is exceptional value at £12pp when booked through Virgin Atlantic, plus 200 miles and premium security

        • Tony says:

          Admittedly the coffee was at Salzburg, but the point stands.

          I recall maybe 10-12 years back, the Pru’s egg credit card ran a promo for half price lounge access, which back then made it about £8 a pop. We were flying EK J out of Birmingham, who used what back then was probably the only lounge.

          2hrs before the EK flight left, the lounge “angels” came round and turfed everyone out who wasn’t flying EK.

          Far from classy, but a great illustration of how to get lounge pricing wrong.

  • paul says:

    Is the VS / Avis deal a bit of a conn? Just looked at weekend hire from nearby location and got price of £75. Then went via the VS link and price in now £162. Given I can buy miles for £15/1000 this does not seem to be a good deal…..

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