Barclaycard has added an airport lounge access discount to its Avios Plus credit cards. You can now get discounts for yourself and your travel companions at thousands of lounges worldwide.
The discount is being offered in conjunction with DragonPass, the lounge aggregator, under its ‘DragonPass Premier+’ offering.
How does DragonPass Premier+ work?
DragonPass Premier+ lets you book lounge passes at a discounted rate of £18.50 per guest.
You can use lounge passes at any one of the lounges in the DragonPass network. Your lounge passes are not tied to a specific lounge or date. Thousands of lounges are available across the UK and globally.
Your DragonPass lounge passes do not guarantee you entry to a lounge. If you turn up on the day and find the lounge is full, you will be turned away.
Many lounges have a challenge at the moment with capacity, and a useful feature offered through DragonPass compared to other programmes such as Priority Pass is that you can pre-book for an additional £5 fee. This guarantees you entry at your booked time and even the combined cost of the pre-book fee and lounge pass (£23.50) is a lot less than many lounges charge on the door.
Is DragonPass Premier+ a good deal?
That depends if you already get free lounge access or not.
If you do not currently have access to a lounge program then being able to purchase lounge passes for £18.50 (£23.50 for a confirmed booking) is not bad, especially given that some lounges charge almost double for walk-in customers.
For comparison, here are some of the prices charged directly by lounges for advance bookings:
- Aspire Heathrow Terminal 5 from £39.99
- Plaza Premium Gatwick North from £39.60
- Plaza Premium Edinburgh from £39.60
- No1 Gatwick South from £34
Barclaycard believes that this is competitive with other banking products, including the HSBC Premier Mastercard which charges £20 per visit (soon to be £24) and does not allow pre-booking.
Whilst HSBC Premier’s World Elite Mastercard offers free lounge access (cardholder only, no guests), it is £195 per annum and is only available to HSBC Premier customers which requires an income of £75,000+ plus one of the following HSBC products: a mortgage, an investment, life insurance or a protection product. In addition, the earn rate with the HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard is 1 Avios per £1 (rather than 1.5 per £1 with Barclaycards Avios Plus).
Who is eligible for DragonPass Premier+?
The DragonPass Premier+ offer is exclusive to cardholders of the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card. If you have the basic Avios card you do not get discounted lounge access, although you can still use DragonPass independently to purchase lounge entry at non-discounted rates.
The new DragonPass Premier+ benefit is a new, ongoing benefit. Both new and existing cardholders get access to the discounted lounge passes.
Don’t forget that Barclays and Barclaycard are currently offering a crazy 100,000 Avios bonus when you sign up to both Barclays Premier with Barclays Avios Rewards and the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card. You can find out more about the 100,000 Avios offer here.