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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:

Priority Pass sale

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.

You can buy your discounted Priority Pass membership here.

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.


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.

Comments (108)

  • Pangolin says:

    Best to wait until Black Friday to pull the trigger on PP membership. They usually have a hefty discount on the Prestige tier at that time (which is IMO the only one worth considering, given alternatives like DragonPass for paid access).

    IIRC they had Prestige PP for £159 last year on Black Friday.

    • Shoestring says:

      [40% off Standard membership (reduced to £41 from £69) – no free visits, you and your guests pay £20 each time

      25% off Standard Plus membership (reduced to £141 from £189) – 10 free visits then £20 for every additional visit or for every guest visit

      25% off Prestige membership (reduced to £254 from £339) – all your visits are free, your guests pay £20 each time]
      https://headforpoints.com/2018/11/23/black-friday-offers-opodo-virgin-holidays-priority-pass/

    • Lady London says:

      @Pangolin which country and where was that advertised? I searched for similar and did not find.

      On that kind of price it stacks up for me. But I last saw that about 4 years ago.

  • AndyGWP says:

    OT – Rob’s referenced this a few times historically, but can someone please remind me what check Amex don’t do when you’re paying for something on card – is it that the name you’ve typed in matches the name on the card?

    (Long story short, I’m waiting for my supp card, to my girlfriends main card, but need to buy some tickets from BA in the meantime and wondered if I could give them my name, and use my girlfriends card number so we can start accumulating spend for the 2-for-1).

    Purchase might need to be over the phone (as opposed to online) and might need to be at 1am (hence me doing it, not the girlfriend!)

    • Shoestring says:

      [Amex does not check names as part of its card verification]
      https://headforpoints.com/2019/03/24/american-express-gold-platinum-business-sign-up-rules/

    • Rob says:

      Name. Address and postcode must match.

      • AndyGWP says:

        Thanks both – address and post code is all good, so sounds like I’ll be fine 🙂

        • AndyGWP says:

          (and I’m correct in thinking if you cancel a 2-for-1, you get the voucher back, don’t you?)

      • Genghis says:

        For sure, name does not need to match.

        • Lady London says:

          My ex used to send his daughters shopping in New York with his Amex. No shop ever queried it.

          Must be OK because do you remember Julia Roberts using Richard Here’s Amex – well I assume it was an Amex – up and down Rodeo Drive ? 🙂

          • Polly says:

            We use each others all the time while waiting for supps. Shops never even look these days.
            Talking about PP.if tou have bought the top tier membership LL, surely you should be granted entry each and every time. Unlike with the amex, where it’s considered a benefit. Amex are quick to offer MRs when we ring up to complain yet again about denied entry. And STN sont even let us pay the 5 to prebook. But we got in yesterday v quiet. Nice start to the trip. But serving cheapo on the tap prosecco! Nice tho.

          • Lady London says:

            I didn’t know that Polly thank you.

  • Zara says:

    OT. IHG spire- has anyone stayed at the intercontinental o2 as spire? What benefits do they generally give? I need to fulfil my accelerate targets and don’t expect to be anywhere else so thought we would celebrate a birthday there instead. Just that the non refundable rate has no food or breakfast included so unsure and don’t know the benefits the hotel might provide.

    • Rob says:

      Breakfast is the issue there as no other option. It was £24 four years ago when we went, no child discount, so £96. Roughly the same as the room cost!

    • BJ says:

      Pop into the O2, several options such as Harvester, I think Rob was just afraid to suggest it to Mrs Raffles 🙂

    • mvcvz says:

      Easy answer. Absolutely none. I was offered ?600? points which never posted.

      • Zara says:

        Thanks. My thoughts exactly. I could get breakfast for £24 for the 2 of us if purchased at the same time as the room as an optional add on so I’m thinking we may do hah as it seems reasonable- but getting Hilton brekkie free I’m being stingy even about £24! The kids are under 3 so eat very little. Perhaps we can just bring in continental with us! I’ve become quite used to making sandwiches for on the go I’m sure fixing up a quick continental won’t be too much hard work!

        • BJ says:

          Got yo look st the big picture, it is a good deal at £24 for 2 given the quality of the hotel for price in either cash or points. Were it a Hilton, I doubt you would get such a good deal, even factoring in the free breakfast. At that price you wouldn’t be saving much going over to the Ow and adding drinks to the meal so I’d definitely eat in.

          • Zara says:

            Very true- I’ve never had an IC breakfast before so didn’t and don’t know what to expect but we’ve decided to opt in and have it. Thing is we are only doing the stay for and accelerate target which is why we just wanted the cheapest cost for us!

  • Aston100 says:

    O/T:
    Anyone know a way to escalate a complaint to IHG?
    Not getting anywhere with the usual [email protected] email address.
    Would like to escalate further up.
    It’s to do with a best price guarantee that was rejected on what I feel are really dishonest grounds.
    Not looking to debate the matter here, just hoping someone has another contact method for the next level up in IHG customer services (but not the BPG team themselves).

    Thanks.

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T just checked & my wife & I both got our 1000 Nectar bonus points for Edinburgh-Waverley (or whatever it was!) – credited 29th Aug

    in fact for some reason they gave it to me twice

    • BJ says:

      Lucky you, got me excited so I just checked and got 6 bonus points! I recall there was also a 6x points offer running at same time as 1000 bonus points. Despite clicking through from the latter it seems I got the former. No worries though, I previously complained about these and other missing points, got 3x 1000 and sent them over to LNER at the recent double offer 🙂 Hopdfully we will see a Nectar anex offer in the next couple of months that is independent of amex sign up offer rules. I’ve got 4 referrals waiting for such an eventuality in hope I can double dip.

    • pablo says:

      Looks like Nectar have wisened up to stop this trick. My new offer for 500 bonus points with LNER has £5 minimum spend as a condition.

  • Alex Sm says:

    The restaurant at HI at Bath Road is great – offering Italian stonebaked pizzas. My partner and I went there whilst staying at adjacent Staybridge Suites for Accelerate promo. You can even charge your meal to a room (though technically we were at a different hotel!)

    • L says:

      @Alex Am do you know are those pizzas bought in or made on the spot? What would you expect to pay there for a pizza etc. meal for two?

  • Liam says:

    OT — new offer on my Gold credit card: spend £1,800 or more with Emirates, get £200 back. Only valid on business and first class flights departing from a UK airport.

  • Michael says:

    Got a £10 off £30 supermarket spend on amex green, would It work to buy a Tesco gift card and use it in the filling station?