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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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  • Faithy says:

    If you cancel amex plat, do you still get lounge pass for the year or is it also cancelled with plat?

  • @mkcol says:

    What always puts me off the Virgin/AVIS deal is that I can get a free additional driver with my BAEC account, and that’s worth a lot of £ in some places.

    However I did learn last year in Florida (at least) that spouses/domestic partners aren’t charged any extra to be an additional driver.

    • Rob says:

      Always found this an odd policy as I would have assumed it is safer if two share the driving.

  • rash says:

    For those interested, you can get a status match with Avis if you have say Hertz Presidents circle. Which gives double upgrades on weekends, and free additional driver

  • Graeme says:

    What wpuld happen if i used the Avis offer, paid up front with my Amex. Then cancelled my amex before the rental. Would they accept a different card or do they need the card thst was used for the booking?


  • mutley says:

    I am preferred plus with Avis and Presidents circle with Hertz, how do I get the status match?

    • Rash says:

      Check statusmatcher or google on flyertqlk and you can get the email. Sorry I’m on my phone and don’t have access to get the exact email address

  • TigerTanaka says:

    I will try and take some pics of the Durham Tees Valley lounge in a couple of weeks.

  • 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?

  • MD says:

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

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