(EDIT: as of 3rd November 2016, Lounge Club members CAN access the Aspire Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5)
Lounge Club membership comes with the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card, which is free for the first year. You receive two free passes to visit any Lounge Club lounge and further visits or further guests are charged at £15. My full review of Amex Gold is here.
Priority Pass membership comes with the American Express Platinum card. Both the main cardholder and one supplementary cardholder receive a Priority Pass, and each card admits two people for free. This means that you can get four people into a lounge for free if both the main and supplementary cardholder are travelling together. There is NO LIMIT to the number of lounge visits you can make for free. My full review of Amex Platinum is here.
As well as getting Lounge Club or Priority Pass membership via Amex, you can also buy membership directly on their websites. There are various membership options with different combinations of membership fee and ‘per visit’ fees.
Over the last couple of years a number of new lounges have opened and we have reviewed many of them on HFP. I thought it was worth summarising what is available.
The Lounge Club network comprises:
- Aberdeen Dyce – Servisair lounge
- Belfast City – Aspire lounge
- Belfast International – Causeway lounge
- Birmingham – Aspire lounge, No 1 Birmingham lounge
- Bristol International – Aspire lounge
- Cardiff – Executive Lounge
- Durham Tees Valley – Servisair Roseberry lounge
- East Midlands – The Escape lounge (news story)
- Edinburgh International – Aspire lounge, No 1 Edinburgh lounge (review)
- Humberside International – Servisair lounge
- Inverness Dalcross – Aspire lounge
- Isle of Man Ronaldsway – Rendezvous Executive Lounge
- Leeds Bradford International – The Yorkshire Premier Lounge
- Liverpool John Lennon – Aspire lounge
- London Gatwick (North) – Aspire lounge, My Lounge (review), No 1 Gatwick lounge (review)
- London Gatwick (South) – No 1 Gatwick lounge
- London Heathrow (Terminal 2) – Plaza Premium lounge (review), Plaza Premium arrivals lounge (review)
- London Heathrow (Terminal 3) – Swissport lounge (review)
- London Heathrow (Terminal 4) – Plaza Premium lounge (review)
- London Luton – Aspire lounge (review)
- London Stansted – The Escape Lounge
- Manchester International (Terminal 1) – Aspire lounge, The Escape Lounge
- Manchester International (Terminal 2) – The Escape Lounge, Swissport lounge
- Manchester International (Terminal 3) – The Escape Lounge
- Newcastle International – Aspire lounge
- Southampton International – Breeze Priority Lounge
If you have a Priority Pass card, you get access to the following additional lounges:
- Derry – Amelia Earhart lounge
- Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood – Premium Lounge
- Exeter – The Executive Lounge
- Glasgow International – UpperDeck
- Jersey – British Airways Terraces lounge
- London Heathrow (Terminal 3) – No 1 Heathrow lounge (review)
- London Heathrow (Terminal 4) – SkyTeam lounge (review)
- London Heathrow (Terminal 5) – Aspire lounge (review)
- London Southend – Skylife lounge
- Newquay – Executive Lounge
- Norwich International – Multiyork Executive Lounge
Historically the big difference between Priority Pass and Lounge Club was Heathrow coverage. Since Plaza Premium opened in Terminals 2 and 4, however, Lounge Club coverage is pretty good.
Lounge Club doesn’t help you in Terminal 5 but the Aspire lounge is so small you aren’t missing much. Once Plaza Premium opens in Terminal 5 later this year, Lounge Club will become even more interesting.