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New luxury lounge planned for Newcastle Airport

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It looks like a lot of regional airports in the UK are seeing value in adding high-end lounge offerings.

I was recently in the Lomond Lounge at Glasgow Airport (review here) which has also just opened and offers, to my view, a genuinely premium experience – albeit for £40.

Newcastle Airport is the latest to announce a new premium lounge, and is hoping to have it open and running by Summer 2020. Our experience with lounges, however, is that they are almost always delayed ….

The new lounge is being designed for 100 guests – so it will not be huge – and will compete with the existing British Airways lounge reviewed here  and the existing pay-to-use Aspire and Aspire Plus lounges (review).

To quote Nick Jones, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport:

“Airport lounges are becoming increasingly popular, and with the introduction of this new premium lounge in summer 2020, this will ensure we are satisfying customer demand.

“We are working closely with the designers to create a high-quality facility that responds to a range of customer requirements.”

It does look very classy (see artists impression above) with a warm brown-grey finish with wood and brass accents, as well as excellent views.  We will be up there to try it out next Summer.

Newcastle new luxury lounge

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

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

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual 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.

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  2. Tom Cook says:

    OT re BA avios compensation.

    We had issues on a BA flight 4.8.19. Lodged a complaint the next day and after a delay was offered 15k avios on the 1.10.19 where the compensatory avios “had been added to my account”. Yet here we are, 29.10 and they still haven’t arrived. I’ve chased BA but haven’t had anything from them! I recall another reader commenting similar issues when being awarded compensatory avios!

    • I had the same happen with BA. No meal in CE “5000 Avios HAVE been added to your account” 2 months later still no Avios, needed a call to sort out. More trickery from BA me thinks.

  3. Spaghetti Town says:

    How long do Qatar avios generally take to post to BA?

    Flown last Wednesday and still not posted

  4. joe green says:

    OT IHG Premium MasterCard
    Just reached my 12 month anniversary so in the cancellation zone to get free night and pay no fee.
    For me the £99 fee is easily offset by the free night
    My wife has same card so no need for us both to use it for points and reaching Spire in future but by keeping the card as well I am unnecessarily forgoing the sign up bonus in future were I to churn it.
    Question is how long do I need to wait after cancelling to get the sign up bonus again ?

  5. OT Amex Business Plat referral bonus 27000 is this for referring any card or just the B Plat ? Looks the same procedure as from plat, I may be keeping this card if so.

  6. OT:
    Amex > curve > VS Mastercard > curve > MBNA > curve > IHG Visa
    ??

    Busted soon?

    • hopefully

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      You’d have to be stupid to be running the money round that many times though

      • Rooster says:

        what a waste of a curve allowance trying to game it like that

        • What do people use the Curve allowance for then? (Unless you have a big tax bill to pay)

          • Rooster says:

            Not cash recycling! If your doing this I hope you get shut down as its stupid, if you also don’t run a business good luck explaining this to any credit applications in the future as they can see the amount of money you spend on the cards.

  7. Spaghetti Town says:

    Qantas trialling paid access to LHR lounge

  8. So off topic but how do additional cardholders appear on AMEX statements? Will their full name appear on my pdf statement?

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