On Monday, we told you about the launch of PremiAir, the new VIP terminal at Manchester Airport which can be used by the public for a modest fee (£50 to £100).
As of Monday, the airport was only advertising eight airlines as PremiAir partners. On Wednesday we were told that the list had now swelled to 32. Either Manchester Airport did the marketing job of a lifetime during Monday and Tuesday, or someone forgot to update the original list. You decide!
Anyway, here are the 32 airlines which will allow you to arrive or depart via the PremiAir terminal, bypassing the main terminal entirely:
Aegean, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, American Airlines, Aurigny, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Icelandair, Iraqi Airways, KLM, Loganair, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Oman Air, Pakistan International, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Saudi Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Vueling
Noticeable by its absence is Virgin Atlantic and its sister company Flybe.
We will bring you a review of PremiAir in early November.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 2021)
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 all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.