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Review of the new No 1 Lounge at Edinburgh Airport

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This is our review of the No 1 Lounge at Edinburgh Airport.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

I posted some photographs the other day from my visit to the No 1 Lounge at Gatwick North.  I was very impressed as I wrote in my review.

No 1 Lounges also opened at Edinburgh a few weeks ago and this is our review.  The lounge is on the site of the old British Airways lounge opposite Gate 10 – it is actually more convenient for BA flights than the new ‘official’ BA lounge.

Reader Alan, who posts in our comments on a regular basis, took a few photographs for me.  It does look impressive as you can see below.

As with Gatwick, your first item of ordered hot food is free but you need to pay for additional portions.  Some drinks are free but champagne and premium spirits are charged.

You can access this lounge for free with a guest via a Priority Pass card, either buying one (the Amazon Local deal is still available) or getting one free with an American Express Platinum card.  You can also access it via the two free Lounge Club passes that come with the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card

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Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients 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.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (11)

  • Alan says:

    Thanks for posting them, Raffles – the upgrade of the Servisair lounge to Aspire is almost complete now too and the first part is looking great – positively spoiled for lounge choice here now 🙂

  • Ian says:

    I have also heard that Servisair have taken over the running of the FlyBe lounge at the other end of the terminal. Not sure if they have made any improvements – the FlyBe lounge was pretty dire.

    • Alan says:

      Interesting – totally agree re the direness! Only redeeming feature was the proximity to the FlyBe gates!

  • needroos says:

    Off topics….has anyone had their CX Gold renewed by CX after the AMEX deadline for new sign ups?

  • CV says:

    For flights from Edi to LHR, the new No.1 and Aspire Lounges, combined with Priority Pass access to the United Airlines lounge in T2 make Little Red look a good option for next year when CX status expires given the lack of non BA lounges at T5.

  • Susan says:

    Can testify that Chicken Caesar Pitta is very tasty.

  • Jack says:

    I agree it’s a great lounge.

    Really hilariously, I’m actually in the pictures! (Pink top). Must have been last Friday they were taken? But I was in EDI last Sunday too.

    • Alan says:

      Haha – Hi Jack 🙂 I did my best to try and take photos without too many folk in them but was difficult to avoid. I think we were probably on the same flight down to Heathrow – it was the 30th May I took them. Hope you had a good trip, I was off to Luxembourg the following day.

  • Andrew s says:

    The No1 food choices in Gatwick were tiny… Definitely not suitable for anything other than a snack. Have things improved portion size wise in EDI?

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