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Plaza Premium opens a lounge at Frankfurt Airport

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Plaza Premium, the independent airport lounge operator, has opened its first site in Germany, at Frankfurt Airport.

The lounge is in Terminal 2, by Gate D8 in International Departures. When I flew into Frankfurt on British Airways two weeks away we were very close to the new lounge, so this may prove a handy option for BA flyers.

The lounge, pictured below, can seat 107 people. It is open from 7am to 10pm daily, and includes showers.

Plaza Premium lounge Frankfurt Airport

Remember that American Express Platinum cardholders can access Plaza Premium lounges for free, with a guest, by showing their Platinum card at the reception desk. Plaza Premium is NOT part of the Priority Pass network.

Intriguingly, the press release for the opening says “The Group will be announcing more credit card partners in the future.”

In mainland Europe, Plaza Premium can now be found in Budapest, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Rome Fiumicino, Gothenberg, Stockholm Arlanda, Geneva, Zurich and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airports.

You can book the lounge for cash via the Plaza Premium website here.

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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 Eurostar, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 £24.  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.

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

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network.  Guests are charged at £24 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

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

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (13)

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  • lumma says:

    I wonder if you’re allowed to answer your phone in the Plaza Premium lounge in Frankfurt? I remember getting told off in the JAL lounge for doing so

    • Leigh says:

      Unless PP have installed one of those horrible phone booths I’m sure you’ll be fine… I did notice signs all over the JAL lounge last week advising phone calls aren’t allowed 🙂

    • Thegasman says:

      That’s a very Japanese thing. It’s considered incredibly rude to hold a phone conversation in public. Likewise eating on public transport etc. Tbh I think it’s a positive.

      • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

        Agreed. I’ve had recent lounge experience (airport and hotel) where the person seated (…see what I did there ;))next to me engaged in Facetime calls. I also in fact had same on a very full Gatwick Express a fortnight ago. Basic decorum has died a death.

        • Dubious says:

          I had that on a recent flight. Fortunately they ended their FaceTime call just before pushback

  • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

    I think there is a typo on the GBP cost of the Bonvoy points as 155,000 at 0.64p each is £992 (not £920 as per the article). This corresponds to a GBP-USD exchange rate of 1.257, which is what I am seeing on Revolut this morning.

    • Rob says:

      Sorry. The calculation is correct (0.64p) but the £920 is wrong. Will update.

  • AndyC says:


  • paul says:

    Just looked at a one way from Orlando to Heathrow after a cruise on Nov 4th.

    Upper Class on delta 2 PEOPLE for 35,000 Virgin Points and a whopping cash amount of $11.20 – all the dates around Nov 3rd are the same points/price

    That seems like a crazy deal to me.

    • paul says:

      haha yep it was crazy – gone now – guessing just a glitch then

  • Mikeact says:

    I thought I was doing well @ €377 for 2 Virgin OneWay UC Rewards back to the UK from Orlando in July, using Air France FB Rewards (Plus Miles.)

  • Zoe says:

    Virgin have pulled Edinburgh – Bridgetown next winter 🙁

  • Sam says:

    I’ve been to this lounge before – it’s mainly used by Skyteam airlines and it accepted Priority Pass before PP’s takeover. It seems nothing has changed apart from replacing a few furnitures so hopefully there will be a huge improvement on catering – that’s the USP of PP lounges.

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