There is some good news for anyone travelling through Heathrow Terminal 5 in the next few weeks.
The Plaza Premium lounge, which is by far the best of the two independent lounges in the terminal, has just reopened. The website states opening hours of 6am to 5pm.
The only snag is that the lounge does not accept Priority Pass or Lounge Club cards. It does accept DragonPass.
It also accepts American Express Platinum charge cards. Whilst the Priority Pass that comes with Platinum will not get you in, you WILL get in by showing The Platinum Card itself. This is due to a separate global deal that Amex has with Plaza Premium.
If you don’t have any of these cards, you can also book a slot for cash via the Plaza Premium website here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 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.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021. 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.