This arrangement starts today, which is the first day that the lounge reopens.
Unsurprisingly, Delta Air Lines – which codeshares with Virgin Atlantic on its US routes and owns 49% of the British carrier – has just announced a similar deal from today.
What is not clear is how much capacity will be taken up by these two airlines and how much will be left for ‘walk up’ Priority Pass cardholders.
If you are due to fly with Virgin Atlantic or Delta and do not have status, you can pre-book access to the Plaza Premium lounge via its website here. Our most recent review of Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 2 is here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (February 2024)
Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK credit 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.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £24. You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get 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 Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network. Guests are charged at £24 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.