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Stansted Airport reopens Fast Track passport control and The Escape Lounge

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If you are flying into London Stansted in the near future, you may be keen to hear that the Fast Track lane at passport control re-opens on 27th July.

The cost is £7 per person.

I would normally consider such a service to be poor value for money, especially as it is possible that you could walk into the arrivals hall to find no queue at all.

Stansted reopens Fast Track passport control and lounge

In the current circumstances, however, it may be £7 well spent. If there is a risk of facing a 2-3 hour wait to get through passport control, which is not unlikely once Amber List travel resumes next Monday, it could be a good investment. I will be flying into Stansted on the 27th July, as it happens, so I may well give this a go.

Fast Track passport control at Stansted can be booked here.

The Escape Lounge is also reopening

An extra piece of good news from Stansted is that The Escape Lounge is scheduled to reopen next Tuesday.

The lounge website here is accepting bookings. You can also use Priority Pass or other lounge club cards.

Our latest review of The Escape Lounge is here. It isn’t the greatest lounge in the world, but Stansted’s main concourse isn’t hugely enticing either.

Cash bookings, from £19.99, can be made here.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2023)

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

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.

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  • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

    Things definitely changing for the Solihull cards… since the new two factor security introduction, my IHG only tops up Che max 1.5k at a time and all my Marriott ones fail altogether… If the Beardy changes also come to pass in August then my points pot will grow a lot more slowly 🙁

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