Effectively immediately, your Lounge Club airport lounge access card is being replaced by a Priority Pass.
If you have an Amex Gold card, you will receive your Priority Pass within the next three weeks.
The terms are unchanged
This is NOT the ‘unlimited access for you and a guest’ Priority Pass that you receive with American Express Platinum.
It will have the same rules as your existing Lounge Club card:
- you will receive two free lounge visits per card year
- additional visits will be automatically charged to your American Express Gold card at the rate of £20
If you have already used one or two of your annual lounge passes, these will be deducted from the opening balance on your Priority Pass.
When does my Lounge Club card stop working?
Is Priority Pass better than Lounge Club?
Yes, for two reasons:
Priority Pass has a bigger network than Lounge Club
Despite both being owned by the same company, Collinson, the Lounge Club network is smaller.
The Priority Pass network has over 1,200 lounges in it (albeit quite a few are currently shut, but give it time ……).
This HfP article is a little out of date but it gives you an idea of the differences between Lounge Club and Priority Pass. Back in 2018, additional UK lounges included Heathrow, Southend, Newquay, Norwich, Exeter, Glasgow, Jersey, Doncaster Sheffield and Derry.
Priority Pass has digital membership cards
You no longer need to worry about forgetting your plastic Lounge Club card.
You can download the Priority Pass app to your smartphone and use the digital membership card to enter lounges.
This is a genuine improvement to American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, giving access to a wider range of lounges.
Being able to use a digital membership card stored on your phone will also make your life easier.
If you don’t have Amex Gold, we ran a full Preferred Rewards Gold review last week.
With NO FEE for the first year, two airport lounge visits via Priority Pass and a whopping 20,000 American Express Membership Rewards points as a sign-up bonus (converting to 20,000 Avios), it is an impressive package. It is also a great first step for someone starting off with miles and points.
You can apply for the card here.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our September 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
The following offers will end soon:
- 2,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard (ends 15th October)
- 30,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard (ends 15th October)
- 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express (ends 2nd November)
- 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus (ends 2nd November)
- 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express (ends 2nd November)
- 30,000 points on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (ends 9th November)
Here are the top current deals:
British Airways American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard
The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending: