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British Airways outsources its Amsterdam airport lounge – which is good news!

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There is good news for British Airways passengers flying out of Amsterdam Schiphol.

BA has handed over control of the (fairly recently) refurbished British Airways lounge to Prima Vista Group.

British Airways Amsterdam lounge

As per Ground Handling International:

British Airways customers travelling from Amsterdam can look forward to a new premium lounge experience. Prima Vista will refresh the food and beverage menu with an innovative, high-end offering, and a different menu will be exclusively designed by a professional chef each season.

From July 1, every passenger that visits the British Airways Schiphol lounge will be able to enjoy special monthly events with the latest technology and food and beverage experiences, such as to bartender and barista events, offering new drinks.

“We are very proud to develop this partnership with British Airways and IAG Group as their customer care vision perfectly matches Prima Vista Group’s philosophy,” said General Manager of Prima Vista Group, Italo Russo Silva. “We are convinced that the Amsterdam lounge is going to be really successful and that it will be the beginning of future global agreements.”

This does seem to be a positive move.  Whilst the BA lounge looks OK, the offerings were – to put it mildy – very poor indeed.  I would generally grab a newspaper and then move on to the Aspire Lounge next door with my Priority Pass, which was far better.  Feedback so far is that there are genuine improvements to the food offering.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 2020)

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 Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club lounge – see the list here

The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list.  Additional visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  There is no annual fee 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 HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to almost all of them – indexed here.