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PremiAir is opening on 21st October at Manchester Airport

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I still find it hard to believe, but the new VIP terminal – open to everyone for a modest fee – is actually happening at Manchester Airport.  The launch date is set for 21st October.

Called PremiAir, it is near the Runway Visitor Park.  It looks like this:

Premiair terminal manchester airport

It can be used by anyone travelling on BA, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian, PIA, Finnair, TAP, Oman Air and Hainan Airlines, irrespective of your class of travel.  Other airlines, most noticeably Virgin Atlantic, have not yet signed up.

For departing passengers, there are two options:

For hand baggage only passengers, you can pay £50 per person and check in at PremiAir.  You will clear immigration and immediately be driven across the airport to your departure gate in a shared vehicle.  You only need to arrive 60 minutes before departure.

For passengers with luggage and/or who want a private lounge, you can pay £100.  You will check in and clear immigration, and then be able to use the lounge in the terminal before being driven across the airport directly to the steps of your aircraft in a private vehicle.

PremiAir terminal Manchester airport

There is also an arrivals service, as well as the ability to book a private suite for your party on arrival or departure.  You can find out more on on the airport website here.  Note that pre-booking is required.

This is clearly something that HfP needs to check out, so expect a review in early November.

Before that, however, Rhys will be trying out the £660 Signature Private Jet Terminal at London Gatwick before an upcoming easyJet flight.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (February 2023)

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get 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 all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (128)

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  • John says:

    No departure “immigration” from the UK, so not sure what that bit is referring to. Do they mean the biometrics for domestic flights?

    • Anna says:

      I was just thinking that! Also at what point do you go through security, is there an improved experience on the current circles of hell?!

      • Sandgrounder says:

        I have always found fast track security to be fuss free at MAN tbh. I have found the free option to be busy at times, but well organised. I am not sure where the section in italics above came from, I have only viewed the mobile version of the website, but I can’t see it. The reference to immigration could perhaps be a visa check, if required.

  • tony says:

    Whilst berating Hyatt for copying MOXY, it seems fair to add in the same breath that MOXY has simply copied something like CitizenM (except for the free ‘adult’ TV channels – we assume Mormon Bill Marriott wouldn’t be endorsing that any time soon….)

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    OT Bits: i need to hire a car for a few weeks and I seem to vaguely recall HfP commentators have previously mentioned useful techniques to secure a good price (Hertz Aus?). Any tips appreciated.

  • BJ says:

    O/T IHG accelerate warning: Me and others have posted that the ‘Stay the weekend’ challenge did not require the two consecutive nights in the same hotel to qualify. AFAIK this remains the case. However, this time I had a similar challenge called ‘Saturday night stay’ which, unfortunately, does appear to require that the two consecutive nights must be in the same hotel to qualify so take care.

    • Craig says:

      Yep, I need 8 of the wretched things to make that part of my target, can’t see it happening.

    • Simon says:

      I think this may have been the case for some time. I did a Friday mattress run last November ahead of a planned Saturday night stay in a another IHG hotel. It didn’t trigger the weekend stay target and turned out to be a waste of time and money.

  • filipino_chino says:

    Never had any issues withe fast track at T2 – other terminals yes, but i don’t think i will be rushing to try it…

  • AndyGWP says:

    OT – re: Virgin Premium Credit Card downgrades

    A few days ago someone was querying about downgrading from the Virgin Premium (£160) credit card and had a subsequent response suggesting it couldn’t be done which didn’t correlate with what I’d recently been told.

    Just to confirm that my downgrade has now completed (first instigated mid-Sept) so the position on downgrades has definitely changed (as was confirmed by the call centre before I did it)

    Current process is:
    – Pay off all outstanding debt on premium card
    – Apply for new (free card)… you will get declined
    – Call credit card call centre and ask them to close Premium Card and get them to appeal decision on free card
    – Wait a few weeks for appeal to go through. Note that acceptance is not guaranteed though.

    Call centre mentioned the process and stance on downgrades has changed a few times, so best to phone and check latest position before you proceed

    • Polly says:

      Why make it so difficult to keep you as a customer, albeit non fee payers.

      • Andy S says:

        Was the same with creation IHG card,I decided I wasn’t getting 99 quid of value so wanted to get the free one instead but couldn’t, had to just close the account

      • Alan says:

        It’s ridiculous. It’s even more crazy that they don’t let you “upgrade” to a paid card from the free card without having the 6 months break in between. Very odd way to run a business. Who sat in the meeting and said “You know what’s a good idea, if people have our free card and want to pay us some money for the paid card, we will first drive them to a different card supplier”

        • Benilyn says:

          Sounds so risky… but maybe worth a try… I want the Paid card, do you think it works the same process? I guess I won’t get the new joiner bonus?

          • AndyGWP says:

            Defo phone then and get it confirmed (so they have a recording of the discussion)

  • Shoestring says:

    Amex offer – spend 10x anywhere before 31st Oct to get £5 credit!

    • Craig says:

      That would be useful, not on any of BAPP or 2 Plats including supplementary cards.

  • Alex M says:

    OT: has anyone seen a valid Qatar Airways promo code recently? Need to get to Chinnai and would like to lower the price a bit… Thx!

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