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On Thursday we covered the new VIP terminal being built at Manchester Airport, which will allow any passenger willing to pay to bypass the main airport and be driven to their plane.

Reader Andrew dropped me a note about his trip to Ohrid in Macedonia.  The Priority Pass lounge at Ohrid St Paul the Apostle airport is the VIP terminal as the Priority Pass website confirms.

Ohrid St Paul the Apostle airport

Andrew checked in at the main terminal, went through security and was then walked down the apron to the VIP terminal which is in a separate building (photo below). 

Primeclass VIP lounge Ohrid airport

When it came for the flight to depart, they walked the 50 metres from the terminal to their WizzAir plane to Luton ….

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2023)

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 Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 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

40,000 points bonus 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 LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey 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 (129)

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  • Gary says:

    Weird how that new design is very similar to the old MBNA virgin Atlantic card!

  • Shoestring says:

    I looked up Ohrid on wiki – didn’t seem a great place to go 🙂

    • John says:

      Much better than Spain IMO

    • Pangolin says:

      Alongside Lake Bled it’s one of the undiscovered gems of Europe – except that Lake Bled is now becoming increasingly well-known to travellers from outside the Balkans.

      • RussellH says:

        Bled is lovely. Was there in summer 1968, staying in the youth hostel. Did not go back, sadly, until January of the year Slovenia joined the Euro (on the first of the month). It was a visit sponsored by the Slovenian Tourist Board. We were greeted by the mayor on the steps up to the chapel on the island in the middle of the lake, and given rooms in the (rather faded and tired) 5* hotel on the bank of the lake. According to the mayor, the Slovenes see their kindred spirits in Europe as the Austrians and the Swiss, not the other Salv nations.

        • Alex Sm says:

          It does look like Switzerland! I lost the sense of where I was for a couple of times and was absolutely certain that I was walking alongside Lac Leman!!!

      • Cat says:

        Try Lake Bohinj, if Bled is becoming too touristy. It’s gorgeous.

        • Alex Sm says:

          Just came back from a week of skiing near Lake Bohinj and can only confirm it’s amazing, together with Bled and Ljubljana. Courtesy of Balkan Holidays

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Someone should have told them that Mastercard has a new logo too!

  • Sam G says:

    I’ve got various offers for Amba/Thistle etc on my Amex expiring at the end of the month. The sale rates are supposed to be prepaid – but you may need to call the hotel to prompt them to charge the deposit before the offers expire (I’m assuming the deposit is charged by the hotel directly – usually is!)

  • Si says:

    Has anyone got any Avios redemption ways of getting to Mauritius from London? There are currently no business redemptions available [no 1st Class on plane] on the daily BA flight this side of Christmas.

    Last year is used Doha as a launch pad for Seychelles, but Qatar don’t fly direct to Mauritius.

    I have a companion ticket i can use to get somewhere, and then hoping to use avios for low-tax flight onto Mauritius.

    Many thanks

    • Craig says:

      Comair via JNB but availability looks low.

      • meta says:

        You could try BA to SEZ and then pay cash to fly to MRU on Air Seychelles or Air Mauritius. It’s only a 2h30 flight, though tickets might not be cheap. There is also Nairobi on BA and then cash to MRU on Kenya Airways or South African from JNB to MRU. MRU route is impossible to get in CW unless you book at midnight 355 days out. No tickets are released after that.

    • Mr Dee says:

      No reason to believe so, a devaluation possible but loyalty program planned correctly can have benefits for the businesses…

      • Roger says:

        I have stopped shopping at Tesco when they stopped doing MOCs on my club card.
        I have last £30 or so worth of CC vouchers left.
        Once I spend I am not going to Tesco unless they start offering better CC deals/MOCs

        Quite happy for my grocery shopping between Sainbury’s / ASDA / Morrisons / Aldi.

        • Anna says:

          +1. Tesco has become so expensive compared to other supermarkets like Aldi, or even ASDA, that the Clubcard benefits aren’t worth it any more, especially sine the closure of Tesco Direct and its associated offers. I’m going to use the last of my Clubcard vouchers for a nice hotel stay then call it a day.

        • Shoestring says:

          we still get the MOCs & that’s the only thing making me shop @Tesco, otherwise my spend will be 100% directed elsewhere (currently maybe £2000 pa so not that great anyway)

        • xcalx says:

          I opened 3 new Tesco accounts last September at MILs address have spent on 2 of the accounts and no MOCs. However the account that has had no spend on has received 2 lots of MOCs the first at Christmas 1 x £12 and 2 x £10 off £80 and then some last week 3 x £8 off £40. On my home accounts nothing for a couple of years.

        • Polly says:

          Using Morrison’s more too, as walking distance.. and bought a load of those paper vouchers when amex had the 10% off there until Dec 31st. So will be using them up over next few months. Tesco is a drive in heavy traffic, so using them only for major shop, and petrol, these days.

  • Roger says:

    OT – Curve Metal

    Would there be any maximum limit of amount that can be loaded from an Amex Card to Curve Wallet?
    Has anyone experienced the Curve spend limit going up purely as a result of taking Curve Metal card?

    • Rob says:

      Curve told me limits are not linked to card type.

      • Roger says:

        Anyone for first question?
        How much can be loaded in one go, on my dummy topup of amex, it lets me go up to £10K.
        May earn BA 241 in one single TXN?

        • Rob says:

          Would Amex let you make a £10k charge though? If you don’t normally put £10k charges through your BA Amex you will trigger fraud checks.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Ofcourse. But then you have £10k to spend and it’s cost 0.65% to do it.

          If you are thinking of spending £10k getting the voucher then refunding I think AMEX will get fed up of that if they cotton on.

        • Memesweeper says:

          Curve are not a bank. I’m not personally going to deposit £10k with anyone without deposit protection ! Certainly not when the only upside is some points and maybe a flight voucher.

        • Alan says:

          Issues as highlighted are (a) what Amex will let you top up, (b) costs of doing so from Curve (if Blue/Black), (c) how quickly you can spend it given the daily/monthly spend limits from caps. I’m less concerned re protection given the wallet is covered by Wirecard’s protections.

  • Frankie says:

    OT but Bits. I’ve been trying to submit a claim online on for EU compensation for a delayed flight. When I’ve spent my time filling in all the details, at the last stage, when I click ‘submit’ I get an error saying there is a technical issue and that if I’m in the middle of submitting a claim all my data will be lost and to try again later.
    I’ve tried each day for 4 days and always the same error. This is very frustrating. Has anyone any experience of this or any guidance on how I can get my claim to BA?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Qwerty Bertie says:

      How inconvenient for you, and how convenient for them…especially if in your frustration you eventually give up. I wonder if their IT department got something right this time? (Is that too cynical?)

      Practially though, have you tried using an alternative browser? In your position I would be taking screenshots to prove each attempt and the time spent on it, and then see where I could get on the phone complaining/possibly obtain an alternative means of data submission. If that weren’t successful I’d populate a letter with all the data the form wants, and send to them recorded delivery.

      • tartan says:

        Try using incognito or private browsing mode and make sure you’ve disabled any adblockers such as Ghostery that can break online forms. If that doesn’t work then Querty’s suggestion of an alternative browser is also worth trying

    • Shoestring says:

      Use a different browser

    • ADS says:

      if won’t work for you, how about trying

      it helps you do your own claim, it’s not lawyers, and they don’t take a cut.

      i used it for a Ryanair claim a few months ago, and it worked very well.

      • Shoestring says:

        There’s nothing wrong with the BA portal, it’s user error

        • Frankie says:

          I am not filling in the form erroneously. I am going through page by page successfully and uploading receipts successfully and reviewing the complete form. When I click submit I am getting an error message from saying there is a technical issue. I submitted another question on the same portal yesterday. On the ‘OTHER’ section. The error I am getting is in the ‘DELAY/CLAIM’ section. The issue is not user error. I know how to fill in a form. If the browser is causing the issue that is not user error.

        • Shoestring says:

          It’s user error because you clearly have some app or adblocker or somesuch stopping you from completing the form.

          Ie the problem is your end not BA’s – which *IS* user error.

          You have it within your control to resolve the problem & to suggest that the problem lies elsewhere is illogical, as boards such as FY would be full of similar comments if the BA online complaint/ compo portal had been down for 4 days.

          Why not do the obvious which is to download a new browser (eg Chrome/ Safari/ Opera) which shouldl be clean of adblockers etc – & file your claim?

        • Frankie says:

          I will do. Thanks Harry.

        • AndyGWP says:

          Frankie – haven’t done a BA claim before, so unsure what logic they mandate on the claim forms, but, it’s also worth checking your image attachment sizes are not too large (ie. over 1mb each)

          Also make sure you’re not using any characters that may be assumed to be injection attempts (ie. & [ ] etc etc )

        • AndyGWP says:

          …this site has stripped out some of my examples above 🙂 (it was the arrows you get when pressing shift and fullstop, or shift and comma)

        • frakie says:

          Harry, I have now tried on my partner’s laptop and downloaded a brand new browser on that laptop and I am still getting the same error when I finally submit the form.
          ‘Sorry, there is a problem. It looks like we are experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment. It you were in the middle of submitting a complaint or claim your information will have been lost. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please try again later or contact customer relations for anything urgent’

        • Jonny says:

          Though thought Harry said he was walking away from HFP for 2019?

        • Alex Sm says:

          @Jonny what does that mean?

        • Jonny says:

          Alex Sm – it’s not clear to you? I’ll try again. Harry posted a comment at the end of 2018 which stated that he was walking away from HFP. I am unable to provide any further clarity should any be sought.

        • John says:

          It’s like a drug, once an HFPer always an HFPer

    • Alan says:

      Have heard a friend recently had a similar issue when trying to submit a claim – it does sound like there’s a bit of an intermittent issue at BA’s end…

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