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  • SamT 5 posts

    I’ve been looking into Dragonpass prestige membership since when buying cash they’re cheaper than PP and offer Plaza Premium access in the UK.

    I took a look at the reviews however before signing up and they were terrible. Average of 1.2/5. Is the access situation to lounges as bad as the reviews suggest – constantly turned away and therefore your paying for nothing if you can’t get into any of the lounges!

    It’d mostly be for lounge access in London airports and Swiss airports but also the odd airport elsewhere. I’d be keen to here from anyone on here who has one.

    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,286 posts

    There is clearly nothing DragonPass can do about lounges running at capacity via paying guests or airline contracts.

    However, vs Priority Pass, you get Plaza Premium options (which are not mobbed by Priority Pass people) AND you can prebook certain Plaza Premium lounges via the app, I believe.

    Johnie 17 posts

    Had DragonPass for five years via Barclays Travel Pack. Some lounges haven’t returned post-Covid – brilliantly located Air France/Korea at LAX notably – but the new app is a real improvement on its predecessor.

    There are also now more alternative offers than before – eg no lounge (obviously) at LCY but spa session (manicures etc) available as a substitute, and (fairly typical) restaurant discounts at, for example, LHR to augment Plaza Premium etc access.

    Frequently offered ability to pre-book via app which Rob refers to is really positive.

    Overall think DP is better than PP (although haven’t had one of those for years). Probably worth checking out any discount offers for DP rather than paying full whack (vaguely recall some mentioned on past forum postings).

    stankpa 36 posts

    I’ve had a dragon pass as part of RBS (NatWest Black account). We usually fly BA and have access to their lounges but we did 4/5 trips on other airlines this year and we’ve never been turned away. Once we had to wait 15mins for access at Gatwick, that’s all.

    SamT 5 posts

    Thanks all, I appreciate your views. I’ll have a look for the discount thread that you refer too Johnie, I’d seen one regarding membershio but you had to pay £19.50 per visit with that version of the membership. I probably take at least 10/11 rtn flights a year a few with stopovers so for me it’s more effective to get the unlimited pass also means that if you’ve got a long layover or delay and at an airport with a few different options if not too busy you can try and few out without worrying about the extra cost. If anyone sees a discount on there prestige Membership please do let me know!

    Shazza12 51 posts

    Following on from SamT – would anyone know of a discount for Dragonpass Prestige Membership – it’s currently £268 for the year v Priority Pass at £377. Thank you

    Tracey 223 posts

    Worth looking at opening a bank account that includes it as part of the subscription. NatWest black account has given me worldwide travel insurance, home emergency cover, mobile phone cover for 4 phones, car breakdown cover as well as (unlimited) dragon pass. Net cost is £252 (they charge more but then give you back in reward benefits that you can cash out back to your account).

    Tracey 223 posts

    ……make it a joint account and you both get an unlimited dragonpass

    BuildBackBetter 705 posts

    Worth looking at opening a bank account that includes it as part of the subscription. NatWest black account has given me worldwide travel insurance, home emergency cover, mobile phone cover for 4 phones, car breakdown cover as well as (unlimited) dragon pass. Net cost is £252 (they charge more but then give you back in reward benefits that you can cash out back to your account).

    The only problem with these packages is they don’t allow guest access. If you have kids, these are useless.

    Has no one thought about it or told them? Or they just assumed customers will pay cash for kids every time?

    jack Hartley 1 post

    They are rip-off merchants and just keep your money if you are 1 sec late for any reason and do not pay the lounge just keep it for themselves

    Shazza12 51 posts

    Resurrecting this thread again for purchase of annual unlimited lounge pass. Dragonpass is £379. Priority Pass is £419. Shopping.ba.com gives 10 Avios / £1 for Priority Pass. TCB is 8.5%. Any suggestions for discounts? Has to be a one off purchase – packaged bank account won’t work. Thanks in advance.

    davefl 1,389 posts

    9 airports in six months and only one of them had a lounge that accepted Dragonpass. Wish I’d not bothered with the pack I bought last year.

    Very thin coverage in the US.

    Lady London 2,123 posts

    Resurrecting this thread again for purchase of annual unlimited lounge pass. Dragonpass is £379. Priority Pass is £419. Shopping.ba.com gives 10 Avios / £1 for Priority Pass. TCB is 8.5%. Any suggestions for discounts? Has to be a one off purchase – packaged bank account won’t work. Thanks in advance.

    Black Friday period – not just on the day – was always good for the Priority Pass. But in later years the unlimited version not so discounted so had to stack with something like Groupon or a trusted cashback site to make it a deal..

    I have no idea if Dragonpass goes such routes but I would not take Priority Pass again unless not needing it for UK.

    I’ve had unlimited on both PP snd Dragon and found Customer Support on both friendly and informative. My understanding of DragonPass was that they are going for tie-ups via corporates and banks.

    I simply wouldn’t buy unlimited of either of these any more for UK use, overseas is a different story where Dragonpass has good Asia and Priority Pass had some things in America eg the stuff at SEA and PDX.

    I would either take DuFry £20 or so Dragon per visit cost if it’s still offered, for a while so I can see if I can get into lounges needed, or if not then via the Daily Mail scheme till I’m sure about getting access if my need is UK. Expedia sometimes has offers on per visit passes.

    If I’m happy I need unlimited I’d only go with a tie-up like Tracey suggests, or crawl all over Dragon website, which is quite informative as to where their tie-ups are.
    Then call Dragon support team at a quiet time one day and ask about tie-ups in case there’s one that could suit you. You can also ask about any promos they might be aware of.

    For me it’s either unlimited or via a tie-up with these passes – I don’t bother with the other types.

    slidey 298 posts

    Theyre too unreliable to be any use in the uk now. Who wants to get to the airport an hour early only to find the lounge wont let you in so you then have longer to wait around the airport?

    Shazza12 51 posts

    Thanks for inputs. Dragonpass has worked well in Dublin, Istanbul and Tbilisi. But not going to be much use in US as davefl says. Found a link on mse which makes Priority Pass £377. But if you reside in Ireland it’s €413 or $422 for USA. Both working out to be <£377. Anyone done this, with delivery to family’s address? Will be using digital card from registration so can manage without physical card.

    Lady London 2,123 posts

    If you’ve decided that PP fits for these particular reasons and if you’re even contemplating buying it standalone then have you considered taking the Amex Platinum card?

    Amex Plat in UK includes unlimited Priority Pass. 1 Amex Plat gets you+1 other person into.a lounge. PP standalone passes only admit the pass holder (1 person) no +1. On the down side, PP standalone does have more restaurant and some spa or experience options particularly at US airports that PP’s issued by Amex don’t have. However there is a trend to reduce or remove those from most Amex cards particularly options in the US.

    Taking the UK version of the Plat, if you’d buy it standalone with or without a small.discount (wait till November or try Groupon from time to time) then that’s half the annual cost of the plat. The dining credits and Harvey Nicks credits, if you’d use them, remove most of the rest of the annual Plat fee.

    Then on UK Plat there are some offers including past year or two decent deals on hotels, although generally it’s felt the cheaper Gold card gets better range of offers.

    I can’t believe I’m actually recommending someone sign up for the Amex Plat… but it looks like if you’re set on standalone Plat and don’t want to follow Tracey’s suggestion, then PP + other Plat benefits could make the Amex Plat card well worth while. Am going for a lie-down now 🙂 .

    Links to apply on this site and informative articles. Such as 1 Plat with 1 supp card on it? gets 4 people into a lounge? Someone correct me if this is wrong. If you have time, wait for an article with a higher signup bonus to appear on here otherwise just click the link on any article for it or an ad

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