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No 1 Lounges has launched a Christmas offer, with up to 30% discount on lounge passes.  You can buy here.

There are two options:

you can buy a pass for a specific lounge, if you know where you will flying from, for up to 30% discount, or

you can buy a £20 or £50 gift voucher at up to 30% discount which can be redeemed against any lounge booking

Vouchers can be used until 31st December 2020 so you shouldn’t have any trouble using them.  Note that the £20 and £50 vouchers must be used in one transaction, so you should only buy these if you are likely to be travelling with other people.

Whilst this offer is presented as a gifting offer, you are free to buy vouchers for yourself and save up to 30% on your No 1 Lounge, My Lounge and Clubrooms visits next year.

The offer runs until 26th December and you can buy here.  If it asks for a code, use GIFT2019.

Here are links to our reviews of No 1 Lounges:

No 1 Lounges gift vouchers

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.

Comments (194)

  • Chas says:

    Massively OT, but am after some advice on Costa Rica for next Summer.

    Our draft itinerary is:
    – 1 night stop outside of San Jose (Alajuela)
    – 2 nights in Tortuguero
    – 4 nights in La Fortuna / Arenal
    – 2 nights in Monteverde
    – 4 nights on the beach

    My queries are:
    1) Is this balance right? We also have a spare night to allocate to one of these places.
    2) Beach – we are debating between Manuel Antonio National Park, and Samara / Nosara. Which is best for beach plus activities?
    3) Hotels (obviously….!). My wife has a short-list. Are there are any stand-out hotels you’d recommend? Good points earning opportunities are welcome (I have the usual statuses from the Plat card, but nothing on the short-list is from those chains), but am happy to use and collect towards a free night instead.
    4) Finally, transport – how did you get around? In developing countries I don’t normally hire a car, but am toying with it for Costa Rica. Am I crazy?

    • toddy says:

      I spent a few days in the country last year and the most outstanding hotel was the Peace Lodge (waterfall gardens) – an incredible place.

      We booked private transfers with Rainforest Explorers – was more expensive that I presumed but the service was top notch (it takes a surprising amount of time to move around the country).

      • Chas says:

        That hotel looks lovely – am tempted to use our spare night to go there as an additional location.

        With Rainforest Explorers, did you use them to organise your itinerary, or just for the transfers between your locations? From their website all I can see is a number of different 1 day tours which they operate in different areas across the country.

        • Jill (Kinkell) says:

          We were in CR a couple of years ago. we had 2 nights outside San Jose( Alejuela) at a quirky small hotel Villa Rosa Blanca, which we thought was nice and different.. The 2 days allowed us to go on a coffee tour and visit LA Paz gardens and waterfalls. Our transfer to La Fortuna was a private 3 hour drive and we stayed at the Nayara Springs Hotel for 2 nights…lovely hotel and gardens, huge suite, with complimentary laundry . We did the hanging bridges, cocao plantation, waterfalls. 2 nights in La Fortuna was fine for us, then on to Monteverde. Our transfer was via boat across the lake, then almost 2 hours in a minibus on unpaved potholed roads…certainly an experience! In Monteverde we stayed at the Hotel Belmar , which was nice and informal, . We had a guide for the Cloud Forest and I have to say what he spotted we’d never have seen in a million years if we had been on our own.
          We didn’t go to Tortuguero as we were time limited, and no beach as we were heading to the port on pacific side to connect to a cruise which was heading up to San Diego.
          We liked CR and it is the most developed of the central america countries. Have a great trip

          • Chas says:

            Thanks Jill – it sounds an amazing country and I can’t wait. How did you organise your private transfers – was it via the hotels you were staying at in each place, or an independently company? I’m inclined to let someone else deal with unpaved and potholed roads!

          • Jill (Kinkell) says:

            Hi Chas…I booked our 6 day itinerary with Trailfinders..there were options of private or group transfers..we did private and glad we did as a couple we met in Monteverde did a group transfer and found it challenging. Not sure in what way. I’m sure there are lots of other companies and tour operators, both UK and in CR who can do ‘the business’ and would be fine. We were very happy with TF

        • toddy says:

          We booked a 1 day tour with them and as part of my communication with them, we got speaking about private transfers. They are a small family business – drop them a note and I’m sure they would be happy to help 🙂

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Couple of years ago we hired a car from Avis one way car hire from airport, San Jose to Jaco on the Pacific then got a transfer to a cruise. Picking up the car took over an hour, endless paperwork but driving was fine, roads a bit poor off main routes but not busy and road etiquette ok, I wouldn’t plan on driving after dark though, great for seeing a bit more of the country under your own steam. Many comments you see on Costa Rica are from Americans who obviously consider the country to be a scary third world destination, not at all true!

    • Chas says:

      Thanks all – appreciate your feedback and further responses.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    Anyone else had the curve survey over the weekend?

    • memesweeper says:

      Yes. Perhaps the entire user base. Maybe only those that previously used HMRC…

    • Scallder says:

      Yes – would not be happy if that route got closed down or started charging for it…

      • EwanG says:

        Agreed, but there are other ways. I thought it interesting for them to fish in that survey for who we’d use as an alternative!
        I suspect with the upcoming PSC changes in the private sector there will be a significant reduction in people paying HMRC, so if Curve do make these changes the benefit will be limited.

  • Benilyn says:

    Ahhh I miss my free Amex Platinum & PP…. now paying for lounge seems a pain….

    • BJ says:

      If you need 12 nights at an independent hotel then booking with ebookers will get you Bonus+ latinum status which comes with two lounge passes per year. I also found that this status lasted longer than it was supposed to.

  • Coucou says:

    Which lounge will be the best option for a morning visit after 9am on a Sunday? Flying Norwegian on 20 December. TIA

  • Gringo says:

    I want to book a trip for my parents on their BAEC account (because they’ve got their 241 voucher on there). Can I transfer avios to their BAEC account?

  • BJ says:

    O/T @EwanG, Andrew, Alan and others in Edinburgh and East Central Scotland: Just paid a car with amex at an Eastern Group Dealership so there is a good chance it works across all their garages. As you probably already know many, if not most, of the garages in Edinburgh are owned by this group. Didn’t ask, just popped my card in the reader and it worked.

    • Michael says:

      Full amount or deposit/balloon payment? I know that Western Volkswagen at Fort Kinnaird allow it as I tried with success recently.

      • BJ says:

        Ah good news, sounds promising, my payment was £6999 at Eastern Mercedes.

        • EwanG says:

          Thanks BJ and Michael – I’ll bear this in mind for the future as no current plans to change cars.
          It would be a great way to hit the Business Amex spend thresholds.

  • AndyK says:

    OT. I did a referral and though the application was accepted I did not get the referral bonus. Used chat to talk to an agent and the answer is that the referral bonus takes up to 10 weeks to be credited even if normally much quicker.
    Anyone with similar experience?

    • Rob says:

      That is a lie. The rules do say that, but it has never actually happened. They post immediately (ie within 72 hours of acceptance) or not at all.

    • Jill (Kinkell) says:

      My husband had a long protracted tussle with Amex earlier this year over my son not getting his referral points. Amex stated hubby hadn’t used the link…which ,of course he had ( well, why wouldn’t you!”) Eventually a senior CS listened to all calls, looked at all letters/emails and eventually son got the points. But is was a real demonstration of persistence!

      • Rob says:

        Two people I referred for Plat Business have had issues. It’s weird because historically they have worked literally 99.9% of the time.

        • AndyK says:

          It was a referral for a business card and like for like in this case so no fiddling with selecting other cards

        • BJ says:

          Suggests amex are already tampering with their systems. Did you get your referral bonuses or did you all miss out?

        • The Savage Squirrel says:

          Their IT here seems ropey in this area (even more than normal). An agent stated I had the standard 40k BusinessPlat bonus on a recent signup, but I actually received the recent offer one of 60k (correctly) while any sort of Email/counter/anything-to-show-it-even-exists has never appeared in my account.

        • Nick says:

          I referred my mum earlier this year and never got the points. She did use the link. I didn’t chase it up but probably should have. Definitely getting less reliable than it used to be.

  • Shoestring says:

    The 737 Max jet should fly again in January, Boeing said yesterday.
    The aircraft maker said that it expected the US Federal Aviation Administration to rescind an order grounding the jet next month, with commercial flights resuming in January after pilots receive additional training.

    [3 months of The Times & The Sunday Times for £1/ month & no further obligation, if anybody’s interested – thought I’d give it a try after all these years since it went behind the paywall 🙂 ]