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Star Alliance airport lounge in Amsterdam to offer cash entry

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The Star Alliance lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol has joined the increasing list of Star Alliance lounges globally to offer cash entry.

A similar deal is already in place at Star Alliances lounges in Rome, Rio, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.

There are two reasons why this deal is not hugely attractive:

Star Alliance Lounge Amsterdam
  • the first is the cost, at €50 per person, although a 5% discount will be available if you are a member of any Star Alliance frequent flyer programme
  • the second is that you must be flying with a Star Alliance airline to gain entry, even if you wish to pay, so isn’t an option for flying to the UK

I’ve never visited the lounge but it is described as:

The lounge offers a sleek, contemporary space inspired by Holland’s ever-changing skies and landscapes.  Decorated with original Dutch furniture and art, the lounge offers free Wi-Fi and spaces dedicated to business and leisure flyers, including personal work booths, a communal worktable, a bar, and spacious dining and relaxation areas. It can accommodate up to 150 guests.

The picture above looks classy. Free entry will continue to be offered to First and Business Class passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold cardholders.

Full details of all Star Alliance lounges which offer paid access, plus pre-booking, can be found on the alliance 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 1,500 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.

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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.

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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.

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

Comments (12)

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  • Willmo says:

    Is the star alliance lounge in AMS a Schengen or non Schengen lounge?

  • Craig says:

    Any update on Virgin/sky team alliance – web saving miles for the hope of redeeming on Vietnam airlines

    • Rob says:

      March now appears to be the target.

      • Jonathan says:

        It was first meant to be be in late January, but there’s obviously IT infrastructure related issues that’ve taken longer than expected to resolve among probably other problems along the way as well

        Would the Clubhouse be classed as a First Class lounge in terms access for SkyTeam Elite members ?
        Since OneWorld Elites’ status isn’t enough to gain access aren’t to the Concorde Room for instance, as well as other OneWorld airline First Class lounges

        • mnlbay says:

          VS are classing the Clubhouse as First Class for said reason – there’s several articles online if you google ‘virgin clubhouse first class skyteam’

  • Stuart says:

    Searching the Accor Live Limitless website for some bookings in London for two weekends n March is showing that the 20% discount is not given everyday during the promo duration.

  • Sherri says:

    Just checked for Virgin flights from Monetgo Bay to Heathrow on 5th Jan 24 and the option to pay with points is still grayed out. Only the pay with money option is visible

    • Rhys says:

      They’re showing for me.

      • Jonathan says:

        I’ve had quick look and still seems to be problems, particularly for G seats

        I haven’t done a thorough check on different routes for instance, and they still might be working on the bug

        • thelargeguy says:

          that is correct – no G seats being released on miami route for instance

  • Norsksaint says:

    the *A lounge is rather nice. Was in it recently coming back from Sydney and heading back North. I was there 8-10am and a good range of hot and cold foods as well as drinks. It was also very quiet which I suppose is why they’re now allowing paid entry.

    Only complaint is no showers…. which is frustrating when you’re coming off an 20+hr flight via Singapore and have some hours to kill.

    A reminder I miss the gym that used to be in the SAS lounge at OSL!

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