Bits: Priority Pass Amex guest fee up to £20, BA to sponsor Twickenham, Hilton registration link working

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News in brief:

Priority Pass guest fee for Amex Platinum cardholders rising to £20

Priority Pass has confirmed that the guest fee for anyone who has a card via American Express Platinum is rising to £20 from 1st October.

This is not a surprise as Priority Pass has already told its own members of a similar rise as we covered here.

This is unlikely to have a major impact for American Express Platinum cardholders.  You can already get FOUR people for free into any of the 1,200 Priority Pass airport lounges worldwide.  The main cardholder is allowed to bring a guest and the Platinum supplementary cardholder, who gets their own Priority Pass, can also bring a free guest. Nothing changes here.

(The strategy for a family of four is to give your partner the free Platinum supplementary card, allowing you to each guest in one child if you are all travelling together.)

It seems that Priority Pass is not increasing the credit you get when eating at one of its airport restaurant partners, such as The Grain Store in Gatwick South.  This will remain at £15, which means that you should pay cash if taking an extra person rather than charging a guest to your Priority Pass account.  This rather confusing comment (given that the actual answer is ‘No’!) has appeared on the Priority Pass Q&A page:

“With the lounge visit fee increasing, does this mean the equivalent value of credit available at Priority Pass’ airport partners (cafes and restaurants) will increase accordingly?

Where Members pay for their visit or guest visits, these particular offers may not represent best value. We advise Members to visit our app or website to review full conditions of access before visiting.”

There is no word yet about changes to the Lounge Club card issued with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.

One by-product of this change is to make the American Express Platinum Business card weaker.  Holders of this card do NOT get a free guest with their Priority Pass cards and so are more likely to end up paying the £20 charge if not travelling alone.

Priority Pass increasing guest fee to £20

British Airways unveils major sponsorship deal with Twickenham

British Airways has announced a sponsorship deal with Twickenham rugby stadium.

As the first ‘Principal Partner’ of the stadium, BA will get exclusive stadium branding, including on the roof where it will be seen by travellers flying in to Heathrow.

It also sees the new top floor facility of the redeveloped East Stand named as the British Airways Rose Garden, which will be a “modern relaxed environment” for guests featuring live music and a mix of open cooking stations.

Let’s see if this leads to the ability to redeem Avios for tickets for England games, in the same way that Emirates allows you to redeem Skywards miles for Queens Club tennis, Arsenal hospitality and standard seats and FA Cup games at Wembley.

British Airways announces major Twickenham sponsorship

Hilton Honors ‘double points’ registration now working

On Wednesday we wrote about the new Hilton Honors promotion, running from 10th September until 3rd January.

This offers DOUBLE base points on all stays, with TRIPLE base points at luxury and resort hotels.

You may have had trouble registering on Wednesday.  Hilton now seems to have sorted out their issues and you can register by clicking here.

Full details of the promotion are in our article from Wednesday which you can find here.

It is worth signing up now even if you don’t have any stays planned, as a lot can happen between now and the New Year.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Andrew S says:

    OT: Anyone waiting on SPG Amex points on retention offer/welcome bonus to be corrected as 3 Points/GBP, I had this from an Amex Rep:

    “Yes, all Starpoints not yet converted to points at a 1:3 ratio will be corrected by mid-September. This includes welcome bonus and adjustment/retention startpoints previously issued.”

    So I would be checking back in a few weeks to make sure they’ve been adjusted correctly.

    • Thanks. I was sure it would work out in the end – Amex is not totally daft.

    • Hoping this is the case as speaking to Amex this morning they were adamant the 11k Starpoints bonus would not be tripled in value following a case being opened to look into this for me.

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