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News: Lufthansa adds Newcastle and Bristol, new lounges at Teesside

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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.

You can find out more on the Newcastle Airport website here and the Bristol Airport website here.

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.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list 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 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

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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.

Comments (23)

  • Simon says:

    The Bristol service was due to launch last year and then got pulled, fingers crossed it happens this time, shame the frequency and flight times aren’t as good this time. Lufthansa have also announced a Cork – Frankfurt service.

    • Voldemort says:

      Hopefully it will go back to the previous planned frequencies once travel stabilises.

  • Andrew says:

    It is still data not dates. Those dates are all guide markers subject to data and therefore subject to change. And there has also been no announcement or even a guide date set for international travel yet, with a review into the data being published on 12 April.

    • Paul says:

      Wishful thinking!
      The rush to book and to promote travel means it will be nigh on impossible for this incompetent gov to row back on the dates but the data can and will be massaged.
      The main sticking point will be other countries, particularly in Europe, who hopefully will take a more measured and cautious approach but even here the need to open up is likely to override public health priorities.
      Common sense and caution should preclude even the FCO from changing advice to South Africa and South America before the Autumn or even the end of 2021!
      I can these pages being filled with moaning about refunds before too long!

      • Alan says:

        Yep, I’ve still got a cancellable booking for the USA for mid June. Will see what happens – on the vaccine front at least they’re at similarly good levels of progress as the UK. Of course also need to see if Sturgeon retains more blocks for longer than Johnson too, which may impact on things. On the ground though numbers being admitted are down massively compared to the start of the year and vaccination uptake is higher than predicted, so I’m still holding out some hope!

        • Andrew says:

          With the European vaccination fiasco, you might have more chance going to USA than anywhere closer to home.

          • Anna says:

            I have Florida and Spain booked for August but toying with the idea of booking a Plan C to Mexico which seems to have had no restrictions on entry for some time! This would push my UK booking down to Plan D status. As I mentioned yesterday, the only thing putting me off is the prospect of having to cancel yet another trip by phone rather than online.

    • Rob says:

      Too late for that now. 17th May is agreed and the childless 50+ cohort have all booked ….

    • Andrew (different one) says:

      It’s not data driven though. Extremely unlikely but imagine covid completely disappeared tomorrow. Would we all still have to have to sit around twiddling our thumbs for four months because that’s what the ‘data’ shows?

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        If it disappeared tomorrow, data would show that tomorrow? Otherwise how Luke you know it disappeared?

        • Andrew says:

          Well quite, the data would show that. So why the need for the caveat to “open up when the data shows it’s safe” of “provided it’s not before June 21st”?

          • The Savage Squirrel says:

            Because Covid isn’t going to vanish tomorrow and some public expectation management is necessary ?

  • Rich says:

    Lufthansa launched NCL-MUC last year. I always thought it was odd not to launch FRA.

    The reason given was lack of slots at FRA, so perhaps this is a slot sitter while long haul is decimated?

    • Paul says:

      It helps that Lufthansa has 2 hub bases in Germany as opposed to a single hub as we have here.

      It’s good to see other carriers offering alternatives to Heathrow and Lufthansa group are also beginning to compete on price

  • Matthew says:

    I booked BRS FRA last year, first with Fly BMI, and had to use credit card chargeback, then LH took the route, and had to use chargeback again, as impossible to get LH to refund. Will never use LH again, dreadful customer service. BA on the other hand, were very fair and good in refunds on several bookings.

    • RussellH says:

      I doubt if the impossibility of getting LH to refund was a CS issue, it seems to have been a decision taken at the highest level and (in a very bad move) supported by government.
      My own experience of LH CS two years ago when the FRA-HKG leg of our GLA-HKG journey was exemplary. The CS agent worked very hard, and successfully, to get us a better outcome than the LH computer.
      And the subsequent EU261 claim for the 10 hours delay was quick and without problem – cash in my a/c in Berlin in under a week, IIRC.

  • Doommonger says:

    This is great news , the only problem is getting to Teesside international. There is one train a week, yes one per week, and its on a Sunday!
    The Doomster

    • ADS says:

      You just need to ensure your flight departs Teesside on a Sunday after 4pm, and lands back on a Sunday by 2pm

      Seems perfectly reasonable !

  • lumma says:

    Lufthansa have just cancelled our Newcastle to Munich flights in August and have rerouted us through Frankfurt

  • Harry T says:

    Amazing to see there will be actually somewhere else you can fly to directly from Newcastle 😂

  • Alex W says:

    Who the heck is spending £5k on a trip to Spain.

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