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Priority Pass guest fee for American Express Platinum cardholders rising to £20

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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.

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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.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of 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 and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

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

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two 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 two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two 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 30,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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.

Comments (100)

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  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – is there a non-08 number to call Avios and redeem a Lloyds voucher? 01925 848619 seems to be no longer active.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Found it. Just replaced 08 with 03 as someone advised on HfP a few months ago 🙂

  • GabeS says:

    Morning all
    Does anyone know what happens to your Gold referral bonuses after you’ve upgraded to Platinum?The account does not change,right?So that should come through fine?Has anyone got any experience with this?

  • AndyF says:

    OT: I’m staying at a Radisson Blu for a few days now I know from robs article on Radisson scheme if you show your ba account you can get credited with 500 Avios in check in. But is this instead of the Radisson points? Or as well as? I expect to gain a lot of points from this stay so 500 avios as a bonus would be great but I would hate it to be instead of.

    • Rob says:

      It is instead. If it is a pricey stay take points and top up via Amex MR to whatever you need for a free night.

  • Maciek says:

    OT – has AmEx outsourced their phone agents again? I used to be greeted by “it’s X in Brighton, how can I help” and now not only the wait times are significantly longer than they used to be, but also agents appear to be less clued up…

  • John2 says:

    OT. Heathrow T5. Aspire on one of the galleries? which one? ty

    • Rob says:

      Aspire is dreadful and usually long queue. If long haul then Galleries in the B satellite is best.

  • LUKE BASIL says:

    @Rob did you ever find out if Small Business Platinum Amex has fees waived for additional guest?

    I went at the weekend with another guest and haven’t been charged yet…..

  • Stefano says:

    Every time I access a priority pass lounge, I find a place dirty, crowded and where the qualify of food is generally terrible. Probably priority pass is working good as a model, but as a platinum customer, I would love to enter some airline lounge where the style of people and the quality of the lounge itself is far better. This is my two cents.
    Probably priority pass is trying to get more money and at the same time less crowded lounges. Down the line, the money they charge and what they give me back it’s not always worth. A pub can provide WiFi, better food and drinks and in particular times also more quiet.

    • Mark2 says:

      Platinum gets you into Centurion Lounges, but there are only a few, most in USA.
      Seattle is superb.

      • Stefano says:

        I know. Hong Kong is also awesome. Fact is Amex sells you the value of PriorityPass to justify the annual fee. Also they sell you the value and exclusiveness of the Platinum card.
        Then, you enter in a priority pass lounge, and even knowing it’s not an exclusive closed club, you find the same crowed as in the main concourse.
        Hence, my point, is that there’s no value in Priority Pass and Amex should either find a different way to get people into true lounges or scrap the priority pass and part of the fee.

    • Kai says:

      Amex / priority pass lounges are not great but don’t think they are below par either. At Heathrow I find all the plaza premium lounges decent enough and there are arrival lounges you can get in that premium passengers cannot. When I’m in Europe priority pass will share the same contract lounge with BA a lot of the time.

      I mean, this is something you can get for 200 quid a year, you shouldn’t expect to be treated as a first class passenger.

    • Evan says:

      “The style of the people”????!!!!

      Get you. You could always purchase a business class ticket if common folk are so beneath you.

      • Stefano says:

        Nice idea… I express wrongly myself, but the concept is clear. Discussion is not if you wear a shirt or not.

      • Tom says:

        I think the same of the BA Galleries lounges..which are appalling.

        I’ve been to some brilliant Priority Pass lounges that put BA to shame.

    • marcw says:

      It really depends on the lounge. Was earlier this week in Bangkok BKK Oman Air lounge. A nice lounge, excellent food and drinks and enjoyable atmosphere.

      • flyoff says:

        I agree about the Oman lounge – very nice but not as good as the Qatar lounge in BKK. A nice change to many others and must be based on light useage by Oman

    • AndyR says:

      If you want to enter airline lounges then pay for a business class ticket or earn status like everyone else.

  • Russ says:

    As bits, anyone have any experience of buying Marriott gift cards to reach an Amex target? Have looked at the T&C’s which doesn’t preclude gift cards but does say prepaid cards excluded. Best guess anyone?

    • Mark2 says:

      No idea, but would buy a small amount first and see who charges the card. It may be a third party like points.com with hotel etc. points.

      • Genghis says:

        What difference would that make whether it’s points.com or Marriott? There used to be an extra bonus buying SPG points if you used the SPG card (I did it and it justified the fx fee to hit sign up).

        • Mark2 says:

          I read it as target for spending on Marriott for statement credit, probably incorrectly.

        • Russ says:

          It’s for amex Gold sign up 20,000 MR. Got the card but kept using partners as a sup on their card and just remembered it. Got a couple of weeks to go but thought I could buy gift cards for stays later, apparently you can’t unless I’ve read it wrong. As per Genghis the fx fees would be worth it on this occasion.

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