Priority Pass – the card that gets you access to over 1,000 airport lounges globally – is running a September promotion offering a discount on its annual membership fees. This seems to be a way of gently introducing the increased £20 guest or additional visit fee, which used to be £15. You can see the discounts here.
Your options are:
25% off Standard – now £51 (normally £69), each lounge visit costs £20
15% off Standard Plus – now £160 (usually £189), 10 free lounge passes, then £20. Guests £20.
10% off Prestige – now £305 (usually £339), unlimited lounge visits, guests £20
‘Standard’ clearly sees the greatest discount although you still have to pay £20 each time you want to visit a lounge. ‘Standard Plus’ arguably makes more sense, because you are in ‘profit’ – compared to ‘Standard’ – after six visits.
Ironically, even Priority Pass’s own top tier is not as good as the (free) Priority Pass membership you get when you take out an American Express Platinum Card, which lets you take one guest free of charge each time – and Amex Plat gives you TWO Priority Pass cards, so a family of four can all get in without paying.
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:
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.
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 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.