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.)
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.