For, amazingly, the fifth year running, the Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 has won ‘World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge’ at the Skytrax awards.
These awards – like the ‘best airline’ awards we covered recently – are voted on by ‘real people’ and so carry more weight than similar prizes. Votes were cast between September 2019 and July 2021 as Skytrax chose to skip last year.
Given that the Plaza Premium lounge doesn’t even have any natural light, it is an impressive achievement. Our most recent review of Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 2 is here.
Unfortunately this lounge is no longer in Priority Pass. It is still a DragonPass partner, and American Express Platinum cardholders can get access with a guest by showing their card at the reception desk.
Here is the full top 10:
- Plaza Premium, Heathrow Terminal 2
- Primeclass, Muscat
- IGA, Istanbul
- Primeclass, Zurich
- American Express Centurion, Hong Kong
- dnata, Singapore Terminal 1
- Plaza Premium, Hong Kong
- American Express Centurion, LaGuardia
- Quito Sala VIP, Quito
- American Express Centurion, Houston
It will be interesting to see if the brand new American Express Centurion lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3, reviewed last week, makes an impact next year.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (December 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit 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.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 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.