As we covered three weeks ago, Plaza Premium is leaving the Priority Pass airport lounge card scheme at the end of June.
This is bad news for American Express Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders, as it reduces the options for using your two annual free lounge visits. It make NO DIFFERENCE to holders of The Platinum Card, because Amex has a direct deal with Plaza Premium for Platinum cardholders.
Plaza Premium has just launched a new product called Lounge Pass. See this page of its website.
You can prepay for visits to Plaza Premium lounges globally:
- 2 visits costs £54
- 4 visits costs £108
- 6 visits costs £142
Until the end of May, you save 10% on the prices above if you are a member of Plaza’s Smart Traveller loyalty scheme.
The reason I am mentioning this is that I think Plaza Premium has bigger plans for its Lounge Pass.
The company has been making aggressive statements recently about sharply increasing the number of lounges it works with, and about creating new partnerships.
It wouldn’t surprise me if we soon see other independent lounges joining Plaza Premium Lounge Pass with a view to creating a more focused competitor to Priority Pass.
If, for example, No1 Lounges (which has also split with Priority Pass) and Plaza Premium were available via the same membership scheme, it would prove attractive to UK banks looking for an alternative to Priority Pass.
Let’s see where this ends up. You can buy a Lounge Pass, or learn more, here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 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.
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 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.