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Something is ‘up’ at the ART & LOUNGE airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4

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You may remember our recent review of the, frankly, bizarre ART & LOUNGE lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4.

This was originally the El Al lounge, King David, but the airline has handed it over to a very small independent lounge operator whilst still using it for its own passengers.  An immediate change was opening it up to Priority Pass and similar lounge club cards.

Art & Lounge Heathrow Terminal 4 closed

The Priority Pass website, however, no longer lists ART & LOUNGE.   On the ART & LOUNGE website, Heathrow is now showing as ‘Coming Soon’, despite having previously been open.

Hopefully the lounge is just closed for a refit in order to allow ART & LOUNGE to make their own mark on it. 

In the meantime, Priority Pass holders in Terminal 4 are not short of options.  You have the SkyTeam lounge (review here) and the Plaza Premium lounge (review here).

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (July 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

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 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 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.

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