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Bournemouth Airport is getting an executive lounge

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Bournemouth Airport has announced plans to open its first Executive Lounge on 1st June.

The picture below is taken from some pre-design work and is not necessarily going to be the final look but it seems fairly ambitious.

Bournemouth Airport Premium Lounge

Pre-booking is available for £21.95 via the airport website here.  There is no word yet as to whether Priority Pass or Lounge Club will be accepted but I would be surprised if they are not.

Sold by Manchester Airports Group in 2017, the airport is now owned by Rigby Group.  Rigby also owns Norwich, Exeter, and Coventry Airports and has management contracts to operate Solent, City of Derry and Blackpool Airports.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three 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. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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 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.

Comments (118)

  • Boi says:

    1.How many people can “pool” points to make a booking if they live at same address?
    2. Can this be done online as it used to with SPG?
    3. Is there any limits each member can transfer?


    • Lee says:

      1. doesn’t matter if they are in the same address
      2. No, you have to call
      3. each one can transfer upto 100k to anyone per year, each one can receive upto 500k per year

  • SPG says:

    O/T I’ve just finished my first month of SPG Amex (first statement dated yesterday) and have >30K points (incl bonus) showing in my online Amex account – when exactly do the points transfer across to my Marriott account?

  • Benylin says:

    OT: Any recommendations for hotel for 2 nights in Dubai on a budget? 3 or 4 star, so just needs to be clean (good shower and bed). Anywhere but Deira / But Dubai, so preferably more south than that.

  • Tom says:

    The Lord,

    Most US airlines run lounges for their elites, in all classes of service. Flying paid First domestically won’t get you in unless you have BA Gold or Silver.

  • Dominic says:

    OT Curve

    Had a nightmare with a mortgage application this week. Bank was asking why I was withdrawing thousands in cash on my credit card.

    I was not being charged as a cash-like transaction with anything on checking my statements so I carried on but they are apparently showing as such on my credit file after a hard search. I’ve used the full 50k on my curve card, 95% of it being at places you can’t normally use credit cards. So you can image how bad it looked.

    Not personally seen anything similar on here so thought I’d mention. Be wary if you’re looking at a new mortgage/remortgage. My bank was happy with my explanation but not would not have used it if I had known.

    • Anna says:

      Just to be clear – did you withdraw that amount of cash, or was the bank treating your general Curve transactions as cash advances? Curve does strongly advise against taking cash out from credit cards and this is probably one reason why.

      • Dominic says:

        very little cash withdrawal on Curve. Less than 1k before I gave it up as I couldn’t be bothered. All actual card use.

        • Rob mc says:

          Was this since curve stated that the code attached to usage would be changed? What sort of use were you doing?? Paying off amex ?

    • Memesweeper says:

      “Bank was asking why I was withdrawing thousands in cash on my credit card”

      Hope you explained your tactics in detail and sent a plat referral link and Curve code 😉

      Seriously, any way you know the rest of us can check this? I’ve done cash-like top ups with Curve linked back to Barclaycard and Creation and would like to know if I’ve just trashed my credit history…. (although 90% of my Curve is HMRC) …

    • Benylin says:

      Wow didn’t know this! I have only taken out £1.2k give or take so hopefully not that bad?!? But will stop now I guess!

    • RakishDriver says:

      what was your credit card? creation and virgin ok for me till now – scores’ are almost perfect.

      • Dominic says:

        Hilton Barclaycard. Score is fine but just a lot of cash advances showing haha. This is post the code change. But as above, I checked a few transactions and no charge so thought all was good. Technically, if you’re not bothered about getting credit in the near future all is still good.

    • RTS says:

      Uh I just did my mortgage app. I’ve had no issues and I use curve too.

  • Benylin says:

    OT: Made my first IHG stay since “joining” this site and it’s wonders about 10 months ago. With my Platinum status from IHG card, got upgraded to a Suite in a Holiday Inn! Chuffed, it’s massive, much bigger than the Suite in Shangri-La I got upgraded to few days svo. (Jade status via Plat Amex).

    Anyway, just got this after check in at my Holiday Inn: Point Deposit Type: Welcome Amenity
    Points Deposited: 500
    Any ideas what this is?

    • Benylin says:


    • BJ says:

      You got upgraded to a suite by HI on your first stay as platinum…you got very lucky…enjoy…you will likely come down to earth with an almighty bump on your second stay 🙂 Actually, FWIW I generally did better with platinum than I did the two years I was Spire.

    • Whizz68 says:

      They give you welcome points due to your loyalty membership. Sometimes you can choose between drinks vouchers and 500 welcome points .

    • Alan says:

      It’s a wee welcome gift as an IHG member with status. You’re normally given the choice of drinks voucher or points but sometimes the points post anyway so I always pick the drinks voucher!

  • Ian M says:

    OT – Curve!

    Received my new Metal card today and activated it on the app, and my surprise they have cut my annual spend limit! I paid £150 for the card on the basis of having Amex support and higher spend limits (they advertised up to £1.4m a year). As we all know, Amex support has already been removed, but now they’ve reduced my annual spend limit by 60%, from £100k to £40k!! Incredible.

    Has anyone else had their limit reduced after ‘upgrading’ to the Metal card?

    • Roger says:

      Yes, down from £50K to £10K

      • Ian M says:

        Unbelievable. You pay for their premium product and get your spend limit slashed! I’ve already been waiting 6 days for a response from their customer service for a different issue.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Chances of me applying for Curve upgrade now zero.

    • Grant says:

      New post on the Curve blog today about introducing payment protection… talk about rearranging the deckchairs!

      The first para tickled me – “We’ve all been there. You order something online and the goods received aren’t quite as expected” Like a Curve Metal card, perhaps.

      • Grant says:

        *purchase protection – an important distinction!

      • Ian M says:

        “The first para tickled me – “We’ve all been there. You order something online and the goods received aren’t quite as expected” Like a Curve Metal card, perhaps.”

        That truly made my laugh out loud! So true

  • Adam says:

    OT as bits: IHG do you get extra 25.000 points every year you requalify as spire or is it “first time and once gift”?

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