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News: £80 off Virgin Atlantic Caribbean flights, Priority Pass airport lounge access changes

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News in brief:

Save up to £80 on Virgin Atlantic flights to the Caribbean

Virgin Atlantic is running a new promotion on Caribbean flights, with savings of up to £80.

The routes covered are Antigua, Barbados, Tobago, Saint Vincent, Bahamas and Jamaica.

You save up to £40 on Economy flights, up to £60 on Premium and up to £80 on Upper Class tickets when you use the promotional code SUNNY.

You need to book by 7th July and complete your travel by 31st August.

You can find out more on the Virgin Atlantic website.

Priority Pass

Priority Pass changes in the US which may be coming our way

Whilst this is NOT directly relevant to the UK market yet, I thought I would mention it as a sign of what may be coming soon.

Some credit cards in the United States which offer Priority Pass airport lounge access have just started allowing users to enter an airport lounge via their credit card.

The lounge swipes your credit card and, before the charge is processed, the credit card company checks to see if you are entitled to free access. If you are, the charge is waived. If not, the charge hits your card statement.

The upside of this method is that you don’t need to carry your Priority Pass card with you, albeit that you can use a smartphone virtual membership card these days. There is also presumably a benefit for the credit card company, since it ensures that you are carrying this particular card in your purse or wallet and are therefore more likely to use it for other purchases during your trip.

To be clear …. this is not yet a benefit for any UK credit cards which issue a Priority Pass, but I can imagine it being rolled out if the US trial is successful.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK 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.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

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

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

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 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.

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.

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