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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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  • Oliver says:

    Premiair at Manchester seems to based on the premise that the customers will be chauffeured to the terminal. Surprised that there’s no provision for Valet parking.

    • FCP says:

      There is Valet parking for long term and they have own parking for short stay.

  • Shoestring says:

    HT HUKD: Virgin Atlantic 1st class return flight to New York – 8th-15th Jan) £1,353 @ Skyscanner / Carlton Leisure (other dates likely tbc) – LHR – Boston – La Guardia

    • Shoestring says:

      also BA 1st Class return flight to Philadelphia £1688/ Washington £1793 / Chicago £1825 (Departing LHR @ Skyscanner – various dates Jan-March

    • Rob says:

      Virgin got First Class now?!

      • Shoestring says:

        heh heh good job I HT’d it

        • BJ says:

          Wasn’t it you who posted it on HUKD? 🙂

          • Shoestring says:

            I don’t post anything on HUKD these days – they have some of the worst moderators going, very irritating

          • BJ says:

            At one time I found it quite useful. Now it seems to be mostly the same (type of) offers posted time after time.

          • f99 says:

            The “this isn’t a deal. It was £1 cheaper six weeks ago”. “Do you know where I can get a time machine so I can buy at the lower price?” exchanges were quite funny

  • Matthew says:

    OT: Has anyone managed to trigger the Emirates spend £1800 get £200 AMEX statement credit on economy flights, rather than the business/first class it required in the terms? Not sure how they would know unless they use the cabin class or fare bucket from the PNR.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Amex has level 3 reporting on airline transactions.

      That means, among many things, they know your full route and class of travel.

      Check your PDF statements and you’ll see that information on any airline transaction listed on your statement.

      So if you travel in economy, they’ll know.

      • Matthew says:

        Good point. Bizarrely I’ve had two of these offers in slightly different format appear on the same card?!

  • rams1981 says:

    OT Tesco auto-convert bonus. Does it need to b switched off this week to ensure your vouchers aren’t converted?

  • James says:

    OT: I bought 2x vouchers for 55,000 Melia points from Amazon last year when they were on sale. I ended up not being able to use them, and successfully transferred them to Avios recently. Not a great transfer rate but I retained the value I spend on them.

    • maccymac says:

      Thats encouraging to hear as I am in a similar position. I remember when buying it the hfp article stating explicitly they couldn’t be converted. What ratio does it work out as if you don’t mind me asking.

      • James says:

        It’s 100 Melia to 30 Avios. I had made a reservation with the points and cancelled it after a while, not sure if that affected my ability to transfer the points out.

    • Louise says:

      Thanks I have 55k not sure what to do with it as plans have changed

  • Adam says:

    OT Data point that may well have be covered.

    Referred my wife for gold card a couple of months back – she’s had it several times with last 24 months as well as holding BA premium plus card at the time of referral.

    Anyway, I received 6,000 MR points for referral as expected but today she also got 12,000 bonus points. This arrived after spending £3000.

    Anyone else seen this?

  • Jack says:

    Just received email saying Iberia avios about to expire. I do not have an amex at moment to transfer and have no need of Iberia flight.

    Any suggestions to get quick easy Iberia avios ???

    I now realise a transfer from BA or Aer Club does not count !!


    • Matt B says:

      If there is a groupon offer but the smallest amount?

      • Matt says:

        Transferring them to BAEC would mean they wouldn’t expire (assuming you’ve had activity in the last 3 years) surely? If you haven’t, transfer them and buy minimum amount of avios to refresh the 3 year expiry? I assume that’s right but for my own knowledge can someone confirm if I’m right or wrong?

        • marcw says:

          Buying IbPlus Avios does not extend expiration (read T&Cs) (but does in BAEC). Remember that Avios acquire the expiration data of the destination account: if you’r IBPlus account has expired Avios, and you transfer from BAEC to IbPlus, all those transferred Avios will automatically expire.

    • Shoestring says:

      1000 MR points transfer from Amex is quick

      or log into Accorhotels & sign up to ClubOpinions for 300/ 600 free Avios (set a/c to auto-convert *any* amount to IB)

      • Shoestring says:

        just move them to BAEC (via AerClub if you can’t do it direct)

    • marcw says:

      My advise: move ALL your Iberia Plus Avios to BAEC, so they are safe (they’ll acquire the expiration date from your BAEC account, they don’t keep the IbPlus expiration date). Then, whenever there’s a good random opportunity to earn a chunk of IbPlus Avios (like an Avis promo or something else), you will have again an active with 3 years expiration account.

    • Jack says:

      Not worried about losing the avios as can easily transfer to my BA but I thought I had read I needed to have earned at least 1 avios on the Iberia account to be able to use it ??

    • xcalx says:

      Ereward transfer to IB only take a few days.

  • Jim says:

    OT: Looking to downgrade the Platinum card, I’ve been waiting for the £200 back from £600 but haven’t seen it so far. I’m guessing the options are downgrade to Green / Gold charge (heard some success stories with this). What happens to the MR points if you downgrade?

    • Jay H says:

      Nothing as long as you still hold a MR earning card they stay put!

    • David says:

      The recent pattern for £200 on £600 travel seems to be January.

    • Alex W says:

      Watch out. I recently took out a Green and then cancelled a Plat. Amex opened a 2nd MR account, I nearly lost all my points but thankfully they were able to merge the accounts in time.

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