News in brief:
Lufthansa to launch Newcastle and Bristol to Frankfurt
We’ve not had many new international route announcements to cover recently. However, Lufthansa is launching new daily flights from Newcastle and Bristol to Frankfurt.
The services will launch on 28th June.
New airport lounges at Teesside International
A lot of proposed airport lounge projects seem to have bitten the dust over the past year. Teesside International, however, has been ploughing on with a project which we haven’t mentioned before.
Teesside International used to have the Premium Lounge. This was rebranded the SKYLIFE Lounge which we reviewed in 2019.
Here is the current plan:
- the SKYLIFE Lounge is being refurbished and will be called the Rockliffe lounge, which is being referred to as ‘the business lounge’
- a brand new lounge, the Middleton, is being created, which is being referred to as ‘the leisure lounge’
Both lounges were due to open this month but I imagine will not now appear until May. An image of one lounge, not sure which, is above.
You can find out more on the airport 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.