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American Express is removing Priority Pass lounge card restaurant access

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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two Priority Pass airport lounge access cards, one for you and one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder.  This allows each of you to get two people into any of the 1,200 airport lounges in the Priority Pass network.

You can find full details on Priority Pass here – you can buy one separately without having to take out an Amex Platinum card.

Over recent years, Priority Pass has been adding restaurant partners too.  Instead of visiting a lounge, you can visit a restaurant in your departure terminal and receive a £15 discount on your bill per person.  A lot of people found this more attractive than visiting a lounge – and, in fact, you could do both.  Priority Pass does not limit the number of different lounges or participating restaurants you can visit in the same trip.

American Express is removing Priority Pass restaurant access

American Express is now removing the restaurant benefit from UK issued Platinum cards.  From 1st August, you will no longer be able to claim a credit in participating restaurants even if the restaurant is still listed on the Priority Pass website.

There is one relevant exception.  The only UK restaurant participating in the scheme, the Grain Store Café & Bar at Gatwick South, will be retained, at least for UK cardholdersWe looked at The Grain Store here.

American Express is removing Priority Pass restaurant access

I am guessing that, following the recent sharp increase in the Platinum fee, Amex did not want to be seen to be removing key benefits so soon.  A handful of other restaurants globally will also be retained although there is no list.

There is now a problem, in that the Priority Pass website is no longer an accurate guide as to what you can access with an American Express-issued Priority Pass.  You need to use the ‘Find A Lounge’ function on the Amex website – click here – which is the only place you can see which restaurants will still accept your Amex-issued Priority Pass card.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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

60,000 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 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  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 (168)

  • One Born Every Minute says:

    4 Head for Points Summer Party Tickets @ £1000.00 each.

    • ChrisC says:

      Not been able to shift them then?.

      Waste of the 40 quid you spelt lol

  • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

    I’ve got “Spend £80 or more, get £20 back” on my Plat Amex

    • Alan says:

      For any spend? I’ve only got that offer for Eurostar 🙁

  • DaveP says:

    Very much looking forward to my first HfP party experience. 👍

  • Lyn says:

    Hope everyone enjoys the Summer party tonight.

  • Douglas Henderson says:

    I have two tickets for tonight as we can no longer make it. Contact me if you are interested douglashenderson85 at icloud.com

    • Eoghan Galgey says:

      Sent an email immediately after this comment was made. Just realised I sent it to a Gmail not Icloud address. Serves me right for being careless.

  • Alan says:

    Hope your party goes well. I see Amex aren’t attending, perhaps they felt it too risky after this lounge announcement! When they put the fee up I really hoped they’d wait at least a year before this devaluation. Very short notice too, unless they communicate this very clearly to customers I can predict lots of complaints from people that just looked at the PP app/website!

    • Marcw says:

      Amex UK is just adjusting to the EU market (and £ devaluation).

      • Genghis says:

        “and £ devaluation”. Surely that’s better for Amex with USD functional currency?

    • Alex Sm says:

      Curve is not attending either! Even with Amex not being there…

      • Rob says:

        Don’t read anything into it. We basically invited our mates and with Amex I only deal with their marketing agency 90% of the time. With Curve I only speak to the CEO and thought he’d have better things on – I didn’t invite Cruz or Weiss either.

        • Crafty says:

          The CEO of Curve is not and will never be equivalent to those of BA or Virgin Atlantic!

  • Anne says:

    Unfortunately we’re not able to make it tonight either as my partner isn’t well – I’ve emailed Rhys in case he’s got any anyone on his list still after tickets so please either drop him a line or leave me a reply on here if you are wanting to go but didn’t manage to grab any tickets.

    • dgsupersonic says:

      Hi Anne, I’m interested. How do I contact you?

    • Anne says:

      One ticket gone but I do still have one left if anyone is looking – I’m only looking for face value, drop me a line via Rhys if you’re interested or feel free to reply on here.

      • camille says:

        Hi anne, im unable to contact you gmail gives me an error. im interested in your ticket. what is another good way to reach you?
        Thanks!

        • Anne says:

          Hi Camille, both tickets have gone unfortunately – it didn’t take long at all unsurprisingly! Hope you have some luck elsewhere, it’s worth dropping Rhys an email to see if he knows of any other spare tickets.

  • Tariq says:

    Sky News reporting BA fined £183m by ICO for theft of customer data from website.

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