News in brief:
Aspire’s Luton Airport lounge due to open on 4th August
The Aspire lounge as London Luton Airport is due to re-open on 4th August.
The good news is that the lounge has been completely refurbished. It originally closed in late January, with a view to re-opening in mid-March. Clearly that wasn’t going to happen.
Scattered throughout this ‘Bits’ article are a few ‘artist impressions’ of how it is meant to look. We can hopefully take a look over the next few weeks.
Eurostar lounge at London St Pancras due to re-open on 3rd August
Meanwhile, Eurostar has confirmed to a HFP reader that it is re-opening its lounges on Monday 3rd August.
Our review of the London St Pancras Eurostar lounge is here – it has since gained a cocktail bar on the upper level. Our latest review of the Paris Eurostar lounge is here. There are also lounges at Brussels and Ebsfleet.
Access is available to Business Premier passengers, Eurostar Carte Blanche cardholders or anyone holding an American Express Platinum charge card (no guests allowed, although your supplementary Platinum cardholder can get in by showing their own card).
How to earn Club Eurostar points from UK credit cards (July 2021)
Club Eurostar does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 1,333 Club Eurostar points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 2,000 Club Eurostar points. Card benefits include Eurostar lounge access.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 333 Club Eurostar points. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you will get the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.
American Express Platinum comes with a great Eurostar benefit – Eurostar lounge access!
You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk. No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a free supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.