Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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 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 – 30,000 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 special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  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 (104)

  • Chris C says:

    OT- For the Miles and More Diners card, do I need to carry my Diners card for lounge access (I usually only carry the MC)? Also do I need to be flying a star alliance flight?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, must be the Diners element. There is a list of the included lounges online somewhere.

  • Charlie says:

    O/T I just cancelled a reward stay at The Langley, Bucks. Date 8th-9th August. Should be available for someone, possibly here, to pick up.

    • Alex W says:

      Ditto, I just cancelled The Langley 26th – 31st August.

      Having a staycation instead, and a weekend at the new Courtyard in Oxford. Saved myself 110,000 points and probably a load of money on terrible breakfasts.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    My mums never held an Amex before apart from being a supp on my account.

    Whats the best way to get her into points? Can she get a gold first and then qualify for the BAPP bonus after?

    Obviously i’ll refer her too.

    • Rob says:


    • Alex W says:

      I thought the preferred order was SPG, BAPP, Plat

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        I think the SPG stops you getting the bonus on anything else. I think Rob was trying to get advise Amex on excluding it to it’s own family.

        @ Rob – Thanks.

        • Genghis says:

          Not on BAPP or Plat…

          • Spaghetti Town says:

            So would SPG > Gold > BAPP work for her then?

            I’m sure Rob did an article on it now – will try and dig that out.

          • Genghis says:

            No. As Rob notes in the other article, “The Amex Gold sign-up bonus is only available to customers who have not held a personal or small business American Express card in the previous 24 months.”
            So SPG->BAPP->Plat would work. Or SPG/Gold -> BAPP would work…

          • Spaghetti Town says:

            Thanks Genghis. Plat sign up bonus is well out of reach for her so it will be SPG > BA PP and that’s it.

      • Rob says:

        Or SPG Plat BAPP

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • NIKA says:

    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?

  • Nick says:

    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?

    • meta says:

      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.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.