The British Airways lounge in Amsterdam is now a member of Priority Pass! You no longer need to have British Airways status or be flying in Business Class to get in.
We wrote back in July that BA had handed over control of the (fairly recently) refurbished British Airways at Amsterdam Schiphol to Prima Vista Group.
As per Ground Handling International:
British Airways customers travelling from Amsterdam can look forward to a new premium lounge experience. Prima Vista will refresh the food and beverage menu with an innovative, high-end offering, and a different menu will be exclusively designed by a professional chef each season.
From July 1, every passenger that visits the British Airways Schiphol lounge will be able to enjoy special monthly events with the latest technology and food and beverage experiences, such as to bartender and barista events, offering new drinks.
“We are very proud to develop this partnership with British Airways and IAG Group as their customer care vision perfectly matches Prima Vista Group’s philosophy,” said General Manager of Prima Vista Group, Italo Russo Silva. “We are convinced that the Amsterdam lounge is going to be really successful and that it will be the beginning of future global agreements.”
This seemed to be a positive move. Whilst the BA lounge looks OK, the offerings were – to put it mildy – very poor indeed. As I found out in September, Prima Vista had genuinely improved the food on offer.
Prima Vista’s next move may not prove so popular though.
(Our main review article on Priority Pass is here if you don’t know anything about it.)
With a pretty much non-stop roster of British Airways flights throughout the day, this has always been a fairly busy lounge. I’m not sure how much extra capacity there is to take Priority Pass guests.
The good news is that, literally next door to the British Airways lounge, is the Aspire lounge. This is subtantially bigger than the British Airways lounge and is also accessible via Priority Pass. I would be tempted to go there first rather than risk being squeezed in the BA 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:
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.
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.
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.