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An interesting route allows you to get free membership of the DragonPass airport lounge programme.

This allows you to enter any DragonPass affiliated lounge for just £24, which represents a substantial saving – often close to 50% – on the standard cash rate.

Let’s take a step back first for some background …..

PLaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 2 lounge

If you do not have airline status or are not travelling in Business or First Class, the only way to get airport lounge access (without paying steep walk-up prices) is via membership of a lounge club.

The two major lounge access schemes are:

  • DragonPass (perhaps best known in the UK for being given to premium NatWest customers and Barclays Premier and Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card holders)

What exclusive deals does DragonPass offer?

Here are some interesting London examples which are NOT available with Priority Pass:

Exclusive DragonPass offers at Heathrow:

You get dining discounts – but no freebies – at Giraffe (T5), Joe’s Coffee House (T4), The Prince of Wales (T4), Spuntino (T3), The Curator (T3), Leon (T2), Wonder Tree (T2).

Exclusive DragonPass offers at Gatwick:

You can get dining discounts – but no freebies – at Nicholas Culpepper (North), Sonoma (North), Shake Shack (North), Giraffe (South), Wonder Tree (South), Joe’s Coffee House (South)

Obviously DragonPass will also get you into most of the ‘usual suspect’ lounges which Priority Pass can also access such as Aspire, Plaza Premium and No1 Lounges sites.

You can search the DragonPass lounge directory here.

What does a DragonPass card cost?

The standard prices for a DragonPass card are listed here (toggle to GBP in the menu bar).

The standard fee for a basic membership is £68, which comes with one free lounge visit. Additional visits are charged at £24 to your registered credit card.

However, there is a way of getting the basic card for free. You won’t get a free lounge visit included, but you save (£68 – £24 cost of one visit) £44.

The Regus deal for a free DragonPass card

Regis, the serviced offices group, partners with DragonPass even though it no longer lets you get into any of its airport business centres.

Visit myregus.com and sign up for a free account. Note that you can skip many of the questions you are asked.

Membership is free and you can now, if you wish, book yourself paid-for meeting rooms or hot desking space at any Regus centre.

Once registered with myregus, you can sign up for a free DragonPass via this page of their website. (A lot of people find that this link does not work unless you come via the Regus website – it seems to detect where you are coming from and divert you if its not from myregus.com. If so, you will need to click through from inside the Regus website. Set yourself up as a company and then go Quick Access / Partner Offers / Airport Longe and click through.)

This offer is exclusive to Regus members. You will be emailed log-in details for the DragonPass app – there are no plastic membership cards.

There is some confusion over how you pay for your lounge visits. On the registration page, it says:

“Before you visit a lounge you must top-up your account with a Visit.  This can be done in the DragonPass using a Visa or Mastercard.”

This implies that you need to buy a visit pass for £24 (ignore the reference to £19, this page has not been adjusted for a recent increase) via the app before the card will be accepted by the lounge.

However, the confirmation email says:

“Your visit will be automatically processed to your registered payment card. No need to top up. No fuss. Just fast, easy access to relaxed lounges worldwide.”

In practical terms it makes minimal difference. You can top up in seconds via the app if necessary, and unused prepaid visits are refundable.

You’re sorted. With the DragonPass app on your phone you can visit any of their lounges for just £24 per person. This represents a substantial saving on the ‘on the door’ price of many of the lounges.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 1,500 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 £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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

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.

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 (42)

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  • Jenny says:

    Great, an even more saturated market

    • tony says:

      There was a radio 4 (I think) interview between someone from Swissport/Aspire and Simon Calder. I only saw the summary post on LinkedIn but it said that something in the region of 25% of (UK) passengers would pay extra for an airport lounge.

      I suspect if these same passengers knew they were paying in the region of £50 just to walk through the airport in the first place many would be left asking why a quiet, relaxing place to sit doesn’t come as part of the deal anyway…

      • Rob says:

        You & Yours last Monday. Rhys actually recorded a piece for it but was dropped because, ironically, he did it in an airport lounge and it was too noisy.

    • Travel Strong says:

      Saying you are full, when actually you have plenty of space – is the hot new trend of post-covid britain. This trend is all the rage in chain restaurants across the country… and regional airport lounges.

      Outside of London, saturation is often a mirage, and there is little truth behind statements that a lounge is ‘full’.

      Resourcing the lounges/restaurants is part of the issue, more so than the space. But often it is coupled with there being no incentive at all for staff to fill the space (and fill their working hours) with more customers, and more work.

  • TimM says:

    I have found DragonPass worse than useless in the UK of late. I am refused entry even when the lounge is half-empty because, the standard excuse appears to be, ‘they are expecting a rush of airline customers’. I have had no issues outside the UK.

    The article appears to be confused as to whether visits are charged at £19 or £24. It used to be £19 but my most recent top-up was £24.

    And, just clarify, if you don’t have pre-loaded credits, the linked payment card gets charged each visit. In Athens recently this was simply a scan of the app’s QR code and boarding pass. Awful lounge though.

  • Gill says:

    I re-started my Regus Dragonpass at the weekend – on one page it said 19GBP per visit, then it changed to 24 when I went to the next page. I didn’t bother as I was only going in to join my partner for an hour before the flight.

  • Nigel Pattenden says:

    £24 now the price has gone up – better to buy an 8 visit membership for £168

    • Slonik says:

      If you buy this, can you use the 8 visits just for yourself, or can you also use them to bring in guests? It doesn’t seem clear on the Dragon Pass website.

      • TimM says:

        Unofficially, the lounge does not care who is paying so one DragonPass membership is accepted. Boarding passes are scanned separately onto a different system. The most anal receptionists are in the UK where you are unlikely to get in anyway.

  • Paul says:

    I have had Dragonpass for years as part of my NatWest bank account. As others have said, pretty much useless in the U.K. as lounges prioritise airline / direct bookings. Worked well in Europe though.

  • ianM says:

    I was in the Plaza Premium at T5 last week and it has gone badly downhill, food options were terrible and it was crowded. Haven’t been in for several years.

    You used to always get a nice chicken curry or beef stroganoff and a tasty apple crumble. Now a mingin watery vegan thai curry or some chicken thighs and the worst part no pudding!

    • flyforfun says:

      I was in their Gatwick North one last month. Also disappointed with the offerings. 2 hot lunch options were put out while I was there but no refresh of the sandwiches if you wanted something lighter.

  • FatherOfFour says:

    How does the discount at the LHR eateries work? Does simply having this free card get a discount? What % discount?

    • Colin Thames says:

      Just show your digital card when you ask for the bill and the discount will be removed. All the discounts are on the app, eg: Leon is 10%; all others are 15% – Giraffe, Prince of Wales, Spuntino, Joes Coffee House and Bar, Wonder Tree, The Curator etc

  • Primescape says:

    If two of us a travelling together do we need two separate cards are you allowed a companion on one card?

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