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News: British Airways reroutes Buenos Aires, get airport takeaway via Priority Pass

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News in brief:

British Airways reroutes Buenos Aires flights

A heads up that British Airways will, for the Winter 2023 season starting in late October, be operating the Buenos Aires route via Rio de Janeiro.

Last Winter, the route operated via Sao Paulo.

It’s worth noting that Iberia flies up to twice per day to Buenos Aires in Winter. These are non-stop flights from Madrid on a new A350 aircraft and may be a better option versus sitting around in Rio during the stop.

IAG’s low cost long-haul carrier LEVEL will also fly from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, with nine flights per week from November.

British Airways reroutes Buenos Aires flights

Order an airport takeaway with the Priority Pass app!

Airport lounge card operator Priority Pass is continuing to expand its offering, although this new service is …. different.

You can now use the Priority Pass app to order ‘food to go’ from 485 restaurants in 44 airports across the UK and US.

Participating UK airports are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Manchester and Glasgow.

It is important to note upfront that the food is not free. You don’t get any sort of discount for having a Priority Pass. It is simply a new feature that is available via their app for anyone willing to pay.

To order, open the Priority Pass app and search for an airport in the same way as if you were looking for lounge information.

For Heathrow Terminal 2, for example, you can order from:

  • Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen
  • Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
  • Leon
  • The Queens Arms
  • Wondertree
  • YO! Sushi

Once you’ve selected a restaurant you can pick and pay for your dishes in a similar way to using Deliveroo etc.

I can see some value in this, especially if you are running late or stuck in a slow moving security queue. The issue is that, as this is all ‘to go’, you will need to find somewhere in the main terminal to sit – not always easy – and for many people having somewhere to sit is a key reason for visiting an airport restaurant.

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.

Comments (69)

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  • Steve in Croydon says:

    A question for anyone with the Barclays App as I don’t use financial Apps or anything confidential on my phone.
    What is the new default setting for the reward? I assume the default is still to receive the Upgrade Voucher, not the 7,000 Avios.
    Personally I’m sick to death of companies banging on about “Please use our App” (so we can track what you are doing and where you are). Just put the functionality on the website pages, which are much more secure from my cable-connected PC at home.

    • RobL says:

      Yes – the default seems to be the Voucher.

    • jj says:

      Websites are inherently less secure than mobile apps, and security is part of the reason why financial businesses prefer them. Mobile devices offer biometric authentication, control over code execution, application silos, and fine-grained permission. If you don’t want your bank to know where you are, disable location permissions using your phone’s operating system.

  • Dermot says:

    I downgraded my Barclaycard after I triggered the reward last year.
    Now I’m in a new reward year – but I don’t have the option to upgrade (it gives me other non Avios choices). Is there any way I can upgrade it back?

  • executiveclubber says:

    For all saying they won’t have any use for the upgrade vouchers, you can book flights for other people – and I would gladly take one off your hands!

  • Danny says:

    does anyone have the specific date of the change for Buenos Aires? currently on a flight on the 20th showing direct…would be good to know if it is changing.

  • Dev says:

    How long are the vouchers valid for? I triggered mine last May.

  • Londonsteve says:

    The rerouting works well for me. I was looking to fly between EZE and GIG and was surprised how awkward and/or expensive the journey was going to be. It’s seems to be a route that’s not particularly in demand. Best of all, I’ll be able to use Avios for the flight while getting a much better deal than paying cash to fly with the likes of Aerolineas Argentinas.

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