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4 impressive airport lounges you can visit with your Barclaycard DragonPass

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Since October, holders of the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card have been able to buy airport lounge passes at a reduced rate of £18.50.

The discount is being offered in conjunction with DragonPass, the lounge aggregator, under its ‘DragonPass Premier+’ offering.

DragonPass, like other lounge aggregators, has access to over a thousand lounges worldwide. This includes some great independent lounges as well as some airline-branded lounges which are open to all passengers outside of the airline’s own flights.

One of the benefits of DragonPass over other lounge aggregators such as Priority Pass is that it has access to Plaza Premium lounges. Plaza Premium operates some great independent lounges all over the world, but a few years ago it cut ties with Priority Pass. Fortunately, you can continue to access these lounges using DragonPass.

Barclaycard challenged us to find four of the best lounges you can access using your DragonPass membership. These are all lounges I have visited personally and consider some of the best independent airport lounges out there.

Get four free lounge passes if you add Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards

There is now an additional lounge pass benefit for anyone who holds both a Premier Banking Current Account with Barclays Avios Rewards and the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard.

You will receive four free lounge passes to use at anywhere in the DragonPass network, per year. This is worth £74: £18.50 per guest x 4

Your ‘year’ is counted from the date you open the second qualifying Barclays product – either Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards or the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card. This becomes your membership anniversary.

Each pass gives one person access to a participating lounge. You can use your passes as you wish as long as you are travelling – either for yourself, on four separate trips, or for yourself and to guest anyone you are travelling with.

You can also use these passes for additional benefits such as a meal voucher or spa treatment in some locations.

4 airport lounges you can visit with your Barclaycard DragonPass

Here are four European recommendations of mine from the DragonPass offering:

Plaza Premium Gatwick North

Plaza Premium recently took over the former Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Gatwick and has converted it to its own brand of lounge. This is an impressive space – bright, spacious and lavishly furnished, it’s easy to see where the money was spent.

As the top floor of Gatwick North’s lounge pavilion it features dual aspect floor-to-ceiling windows, whilst a marble bar sits at its centre. This isn’t your usual rectangular lounge. For example, forest green booths are scalloped out of a curving wall and a delicate chandelier hangs above the bar.

4 airport lounges you can visit with your Barclaycard DragonPass

Aberdeen Northern Lights Lounge

Aberdeen is not, ahem, somewhere you would expect to find a high-quality airport lounge and yet, somehow, it does. Table service, a la carte dining – it has it all, and outclasses lounges in many major airports.

The lounge is particularly good for any Whisk(e)y fanatics, with an extensive collection behind the bar.

All the better, you can enjoy the view of massive helicopters taking off for North Sea oil rigs whilst you wait from the big windows. That’s not a sight you can see at most airports!

4 airport lounges you can visit with your Barclaycard DragonPass

The Vienna Lounge (extra charge)

There’s an extra charge for The Vienna Lounge in, you guessed it, Vienna Airport, but in my opinion it’s worth it. Just an extra €5 gets you into what is undoubtedly one of the best airport lounges in Europe.

Inspired by Viennese cafes, this is a big facility, but it never feels like it. It has been thoughtful partitioned into unique spaces; some more private than others, with a range of burgundy and teal leather seating.

Prints of Klimt and Schiele adorn the walls in a partnership with the Leopold Museum, who genuinely hand-picked each and every piece. There’s a large outdoor terrace, showers, a TV lounge, plus a large conference room and board room that can be booked by the hour.

After spending close to five hours in the lounge due to a delayed flight I can say I wish all airports had lounges like this one.

4 airport lounges you can visit with your Barclaycard DragonPass

Plaza Premium Edinburgh

One of Plaza Premium’s newest lounges, the Edinburgh lounge is an excellent showcase of Plaza Premium at its best. Featuring lots of natural light, the space is carefully divided into various zones.

An overflow room is available for private hire and can be turned into a first class lounge or dedicated to a particular airline, whilst a large children’s playroom ensures other guests are not disturbed.

You can enjoy cocktails, wines and other spirits at the Edinburgh Gin Bar whilst British classics such as fish and chips, chicken tikka masala and shepherds pie are available at the self serve buffet.

Comments (24)

  • andiron says:

    Any UK PP/DP lounges are jokes really, small beers from behind bars, low quality food and low quality interior, crowds, queues, small spaces. Passes can be purchased literally everywhere hence why you get all the people you would meet as Tesco’s rather than any famous, businessmen etc. Unlike abroad.

    • Gordon says:

      If you have followed hfp for some time you will have already seen the hundreds possibly thousand of comments on the issues with many of these lounges, So it’s common knowledge, I don’t use a lounge to Spot famous/Business people but plane spotting can be an awful lot of fun?
      If you are seeking to shadow these kind of people may I suggest you at least start off in a first lounge as I guess you would have better luck?

    • A says:

      “All the people you you meet at Tesco’s?”. What an odd thing to say. As a ‘businessman’ I use DragonPass. I’m also a BA gold card holder. And occasionally I travel in First. Sometimes I wear flip flops in First just to confuse people. I also shop in Tesco’s (and Lidl too).

  • His Holyness says:

    The EDI lounge was just chicken curry slop when I was there last week. I popped into Aspire to have a fairly OK meal and had the drinks in Plaza.

  • ON says:

    Thank you for putting the lounge of my home town, Vienna, on it. It really deserves being nominated. And even if you have a flight from the F or G gatds at T3, there is a free shuttle bus, which will transport you from the Vienna Lounge. Much much better than the Sky Lounge and at some point, in my opinion, also better than the OS Business Lounge. I don’t want to compare it further with Senator or HON Circle lounge, which are different, of course.

  • VALittleRed says:

    Have to concur about the Vienna Lounge when I was there last June, thought it was an excellent space with good views and good food.

  • Duck Ling says:

    A bit further afield but I accessed the LATAM lounge in Sao Paulo which was pretty impressive for a paid entry lounge. It was extremely busy but the lounge is huge and had a fantastic F&B offering.

  • babyg says:

    Plaza Premium Gatwick North is far from impressive, unless youre impressed by filthy tables, carpets, toilets and mediocre food, it closes at 8pm and shutters the bar/food @ 7.30pm ….. It once was pretty good, riding the coat tails of what Virgin left them, but alas they are slowing running the place into the ground… all that said it is sadly probably the best of a sad bunch in Gatwick…

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