Review: the Premium Lounge at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
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This is our review of the Premium Lounge at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
We are building our collection of UK airport lounges reviews. There are, however, still a few lounges that neither Rob nor I have visited and where we are happy to run contributions from readers. Because, let’s be realistic, we’re not going to be at Humberside Airport in the near future.
Today we’re reviewing the Premium Lounge at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Reader Kamil sent us some pictures and notes after his recent flight to Warsaw.
You can find all of our other UK airport lounge reviews here.
Kamil had a flight to Warsaw at 8am on a Friday and visited the Premium Lounge at 7am. During the Summer season (1st April to 31st October) it is open from 5am to 6.30pm daily.
The lounge is located on the first floor in the departure lounge opposite the gates. You can see the planes taxiing and taking off and keep an eye on when boarding starts and how many people are left in the queue.
The lounge was very quiet with no one else around. From the register he could see that only seven people had been in the lounge earlier that morning.
The receptionist scanned Kamil’s Priority Pass and showed him around.
There were three washrooms within the lounge (male, female, disabled/baby changing room), several seating areas and wifi was complimentary.
There was a good choice of alcoholic beverages with several beers, ciders, wines and mixers which were self served.
There was also a coffee machine in the bar area.
As it was 7am, the lounge was serving breakfast. Available were the usual muesli, cereals, pastries and bread as well as scrambled eggs and bacon. The staff were happy to prepare a fresh portion of scrambled eggs for Kamil.
Kamil enjoyed the Premium Lounge at Doncaster Airport and recommends it to anyone who would like to do some work before a flight.
As the lounge seems to be very quiet in the morning and they serve a decent breakfast, he felt it was also a good place to just relax and grab some food.
You get into the Premium Lounge at Doncaster Sheffield Airport by using a Priority Pass, which comes with an American Express Platinum card (or you can buy one) and allows unlimited free lounge visits, or HSBC Premier’s LoungeKey card.
It does NOT accept Lounge Club which comes with American Express Gold (two free visits per year). You can also pay cash on the door, or pre-book a spot via the Lounge Pass website.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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 Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
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
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 £20. 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.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard
A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review
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.