Back in January, we covered one of the most popular deals we have ever written about.
You could, by using a code to give yourself 30 days of trial Platinum membership in the RED by Dufry duty free loyalty scheme, order unlimited airport lounge passes for $10 (£7.80) each via DragonPass.
One thing was not clear at the time. Your Platinum status in the RED by Dufry scheme was only valid for 30 days. What would happen at the end of that period? Would DragonPass remove your ability to buy $10 lounge passes or would it be valid for a year?
We now know the answer. If you log into your DragonPass account, you will see that you can no longer buy $10 lounge passes. It will show this:
You are now required to pay $27 per pass.
In some cases, $27 is still a decent deal – it is cheaper than booking Plaza Premium in Terminal 5 directly. It clearly isn’t the same as paying $10 though!
For clarity, the lounge passes you bought for $10 are still in your account and safe to use once travel resumes.
(EDIT: We have now got to the bottom of this. RED has cancelled the $10 lounge deal for Platinum members, whether on a free trial or having earned their status the hard way, and is making all members pay $27. This doesn’t make any difference to HFP readers but at least we now know why it happened.)
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.