Get 12.5% off Plaza Premium lounges for couples – or kids go free for families!

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If you want to book a Heathrow Airport lounge for this August, and don’t have access via a lounge scheme, Plaza Premium has launched an interesting offer.

As you can see here, you can:

save 25% on the 2nd person (so 12.5% off the total cost) on a Plaza Premium lounge booking until 31st August 2019


kids between two and 11 go free (maximum two per adult) when you use promo code “KIDSFORFREE” until 31st August 2019

All of the Heathrow lounges seem to be on the list of participating locations:

  • Arrivals, Terminal 2 – review
  • Arrivals, Terminal 3 – review
  • Arrivals, Terminal 4 – review
  • Departures, Terminal 2 – review
  • Departures, Terminal 4 – review
  • Departures, Terminal 5 – review, photo below

The ‘best’ lounges are Terminal 2, which regularly wins ‘best independent airport lounge in the world’ awards, and Terminal 4.  However, because it is not in Priority Pass or Lounge Club, the lounge in Terminal 5 is of particular interest to HFP readers.

You can find out more about the promos, and book, on the Plaza Premium website here.  These offers do NOT work ‘on the door’.

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual 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.

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  1. Ricardo says:

    OT / bits:

    Is the Shop Small offer still running? I had it on one of my three cards a few weeks ago and was 99% sure I saved it at the time. Then this weekend, ahead of hoping to use it, I went back to check which card as couldn’t remember and now I can’t find it on any of the cards… Has it been pulled or am I going mad?

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      I never had it in the first place haha

    • Matt B says:

      I assume it is as I got my £5 credit today. Rather weirdly it was triggered by booking the Cheltenham doubletree last week.

  2. Andy S says:

    OT. Intercontinental ambassador.

    I am wondering if now IC ambassador gives you platinum status with IHG I could get rid of the black card, and get ambassador instead which only costs 65 quid over the 99 quid card fee. Also IHG are offering me 15,000 points if I sign up worth 60 quid.

    Have I missed something in this calculation?

  3. Rui N. says:

    OT following a conversation that I’ve started regarding Tesco converting Clubpoints into multiple vouchers (in my case, instead of a £60 voucher they gave me a £45 and a £15, and only allows one voucher at a time).
    I’ve contacted Tesco via their form and they’ve told me that I’m not the only one with this issue, and they are trying to solve it: “We are currently receiving a lot of contact regarding this issue and our Operations Support Team are aware of this and have asked us not too refund or exchange these at the moment until we have a solution.”
    (I have used the £45 voucher, and had asked the £15 one to be refunded back to Clubpoints.)

    • Rui N. says:

      (the conversation that I’ve started was on the “bits” article from yesterday)

    • Lady London says:

      Please let us know what excuse Tesco eventually come up with, for this.

      Btw for some strange reason I had thought hotels dot com.was to disappear from Tesco Boost soon?

  4. All of a sudden moscow hotels in the Hilton app are sticking on an extra 20% tax at check-out.

    I booked 2 other hotels with Hilton last week at no taxes were added.

    Anyone know?

  5. If you book 1 night on expedia, and the next night direct with Hilton with status – any chance you can get the free breakfast (and any other gold benefits) on the first night?

    Can they also link bookings on arrival – so you don’t have to change rooms after 1 night?

    • I’d do it the other way round. Book first night direct then second via OTA. Worked for me in the past at various hotels. Got upgrades, lounge access and free breakfast.

  6. roberto says:

    Hot off the press…

    A strike by more than 4,000 workers at Heathrow due to start tomorrow (Tuesday 6 August) at 00:01 and finish at 23:59 has been suspended while the workforce votes on an improved pay offer, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Monday 5 August).

    Unite said it would not be revealing the details of the improved offer until its members involved in the ongoing pay dispute have had an opportunity to consider and vote on the new package.
    However, Unite said that the strikes already announced for Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August remained on the table until the result of the ballot was known.

    Unite will not be commenting further until its members have considered the improved offer.

  7. Shoestring says:

    Looks like I won the £500 🙂

    still time to have a go yourself

    penny shares

  8. Harvey says:

    Marriot Bonvoy- How long does it take to transfer between two member accounts?

    • Instant, CSA deletes from one anc adds to the other when you call.

      • Harvey says:

        That’s what csa told me, but not showing in online account so can’t make a booking

        • Try logging out of destination account and logging back in again.

        • Odd. I’d phone back and check the transfer has gone through OK.

          Remember you can usually book a Marriott redemption before you have the points, unless its short notice (10-14 days, I think).

          • Harvey says:

            Thank you. Now its all showing and the booking has been made. Was weird as it showed on activity but not in points balance

  9. Probably unsurprisingly, the £5 August Add Lee promotion doesn’t stack with the peak time discount you get if you have elite status in ClubLee.

    So if you’re ClubLee gold, for instance, then you can apply the peak-time 15% ClubLee gold discount or the £5 August discount, but not (as far as I can see) both to the same journey.

    • Andrew says:

      What about the general off-peak discount? Does the £5 stack with that?

      • I would expect so, because that’s just factored into the price, and not fine by a promo code

  10. Andrew says:

    I’m a bit of a “doubting Thomas” with some offers.

    On my employer’s staff benefits package a 25% back offer has appeared on all bookings made *directly* with TripAdvisor. Thing is, having clicked through to Trip Advisor, I can’t see any hotels that TripAdvisor sell directly – it’s a sub click through to Expedia or in my case Agado.

    I’m paying on departure so will have no idea if it’s worked or not until about 6 weeks after my stay next May… But if I get 25% back – I’ll be quite happy.

  11. LNER/Nectar.

    Recently mentioned on here that Nectar points currently convert at twice the normal rate to LNER vouchers. Terms and conditions indicate can only be used on LNER trains, but is that the reality or can they also be used to book non-LNER trains via the LNER website in your experience?

    • Only LNER advance tickets, however, there have been reports of some successes for some journeys combining LNER and another operator but don’t count on that.

      • Thanks BJ. Unfortunately no use to me then. I travel monthly from London to Manchester, but closest LNER itself seems to go is Leeds…

        • Yes, it’s a pity VT and TPX don’t do this offer. I’d have like to travel Edinburgh to Manchester myself but too much hassle via Leeds when there are direct options.

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