Manchester Airport to re-open its lounges (and get 20% off parking)

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Manchester Airport has announced that its directly-owned airport lounges will open on 11th July.

This means you can now book the Escape lounges in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.  The 1903 Lounges and Premiair terminal will remain closed.

It isn’t yet clear what facilities will be available in the lounges.

Our review of the Escape Lounge in Manchester Terminal 3 is here.

If you want to pre-book slots for cash, you can do so here.

….. and save on Manchester Airport parking

Until midnight today (30th June) you can save 20% on official airport parking for July and August, and 15% on parking between September and December.  All bookings can be cancelled or changed without penalty.

The special discount is only available via this link.

Manchester Airport lounges to reopen

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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  1. Effectively wirecard investors were subsidizing the £4.99 card fee before.

  2. I signed up for curve blue on Friday (great timing!) and then it was showing a 4.99 fee to get a physical card, but I’ve just checked the app now and it says ‘Get it for free’ – maybe they have scrapped it already?! Anyone else? I want to order one if it’s free!

  3. I have a refund of £90 from Thurs. I shall contact Curve and see what they say. Bad timing!

  4. Mike G says:

    I’ve taken Curve out of my wallet now, too unreliable and not worth the hassle

    • Andrew says:

      +1 pointless product.

      • With a little imagination, certainly not a pointless product.

        • The Savage Squirrel says:

          Haha indeed – pointless is the exact opposite of what it can be…

          • Secret Squirrel says:

            Two Squirrels certainly agree, amazing how many nuts a squirrel can accumulate using curve.

          • Doug M says:

            I’m with the Squirrels, anything but pointless for the user.

          • Harry T says:

            Depends which underlying cards you have access to. I only have the free IHG card and frankly don’t see the point of storing extra nuts for the winter with that earnings rate.

          • Travel Strong says:

            The sky is the limit on Earning rate when you MS! Points per £ on the underlying card is meaningless if using it to full advantage. And IHG is the perfect card to use it with, due to it’s own unique perk

          • Points Greedy Squirrel says:

            It’s made me tens of thousands of points so far!
            sincerely hope that’s not pointless, though you never really know

            All the squirrels agree

        • johnnt5a says:

          +1 not a pointless product

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Absolutely agree not pointless. Even adds Apple Pay to my IHG card. Not carried a wallet for months. Two cards in the back of my phone curve+Amex plus Apple Pay.

            If only I could squirrel away Marriott shaped nuts.

    • FlyingChris says:

      Any clues/hints to these nut based opportunities that don’t attract cash advance charges? NSI?

  5. The £5 physical card fee was mentioned in the terms and conditions they emailed out back in April, when they announced to migrate card issuing operation in-house.. So I guess it’s expected l.

  6. Hardpack says:

    Great product for charging in US$ and euros without FX fees. I’ve earned £50+ simply for using it at Sainsbury’s and Amazon etc

  7. Harry T says:

    Thanks for the parking discount – literally booked some yesterday. Cancelled for free and rebooked for 20% off today through your link.

  8. Ian O says:

    Does Curve allow AMEX again? I see the ability to top up for a few?

    • Andrew says:

      That would be something of interest

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Just tried Amex top up, initially it stated a fee so was hopeful then it failed.

      • It was Amex that blocked Curve, not the other way around. I can’t imagine that Curve changing their processing company will persuade Amex to re-instate!

    • Travel Strong says:

      Where is there a top up option for anything in the app? Cannot find it!

  9. Lottie says:

    Stansted escape lounges are opening the following weekend 17th July, they also have a 20% off parking deal at the moment

  10. Paul74 says:

    Looking at the Radisson offer it’ll be interesting to see what you actually get for ‘complimentary breakfast’ in the present situation (at Radisson or hotels generally). A few items in a bag hanging from the handle of your room’s door? It’s better than a hotel charging for it I suppose!

  11. Andrew says:

    Meanwhile, Wirecard is back:

    • RussellH says:

      And it is not just Curve users [not me] that are going to be grateful!

      Sharecast News reports:- “The FCA’s freeze left some vulnerable people, including holders of accounts at Morses Club, unable to receive state benefits. The regulator said it had worked with the DWP to arrange help for those affected and that cards should work as usual now or soon.”

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