Regular readers will know that I am very fond of the new Plaza Premium Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5. See my article here for example.
Even though I have British Airways status, I still pop in here if travelling through Terminal 5 on my own because it is less crowded than the BA Galleries and the food is better. The only thing that is poor is the newspaper and magazine selection.
The reason the lounge has always been quiet – the record number of guests ever spotted by myself or any HfP reader was 20 – is that it did not accept Priority Pass or Lounge Club cards. Look at the second photo below for an example of how busy it used to be.
The only way to get in is:
for cash (you can book direct here) or
by flashing an American Express Platinum Card or
by flashing a DragonPass lounge access card
Since DragonPass cards have historically been rare in the UK, they were not responsible for a lot of business. That all changed a couple of weeks ago when NatWest / RBS Black switched from Priority Pass to DragonPass for its lounge access partner. I wrote about that here.
The big problem is that the covering letter sent out to NatWest and RBS account holders with their DragonPass specifically mentioned Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 5 access. It says:
“Unlimited access to over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide – this includes our flagship Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 which replaces the Aspire lounge currently available in this location”
Since then, according to many Head for Points reader reports, the place has become a bit of a scrum. The ultimate insult came from a reader who said it was ‘nearly as bad as the Club Aspire lounge’ at the other end of Terminal 5.
So, be warned. It looks I may end up back in Galleries First after all.
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