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News in brief:

Win 10,000 Avios with BA’s The Club magazine

The Club, the British Airways online magazine for Executive Club members, is giving away 10 x 10,000 Avios in a competition to celebrate 10 years of the scheme.

It is very easy to enter – all you need is your British Airways membership number.

Clck through to this special page of to enter.

The deadline is 13th January.

United Club lounge London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2

United Club lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 is now open

After a 627 day closure, the United Club lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 reopened this week.

This is fantastic news for anyone who is on a Star Alliance flight in the coming weeks. United Club is arguably the second best Business Class lounge at Heathrow after the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Terminal 3.

It far outclasses the Lufthansa lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2, reviewed here, and is also well ahead of the Singapore Airlines lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 reviewed here. I am assuming that you won’t need a PCR test to enter either, which is a problem with the Singapore Airlines lounge for anyone not flying to Singapore.

Our last review of the United Club lounge at Heathrow is here. Physically I don’t believe anything has changed, although I don’t know what the current food situation is.

One warning – remember that it takes 15 minutes to walk from the main Terminal 2 building to the 2B satellite. If your flight is from the main building, you need to decide whether to visit the underwhelming Lufthansa lounge on your doorstep or lose 30 minutes in total to visit United Club.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 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

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

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

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

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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