This is my review of the new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport.
I featured the new No 1 Traveller lounge at Edinburgh International Airport a couple of months ago. I also wrote about the new British Airways Galleries lounge.
At the same time, Servisair was busy rebuilding its existing Edinburgh lounge via a conversion to its new ‘Aspire’ concept.
Reader Alan was there a couple of weeks ago and took a few photographs for us. It looks impressive and a substantial step forward from the old Servisair offering.
Ironically, if you have a Priority Pass card, Servisair actually pays you money to visit! If you get a free LoungeMiles loyalty card, you earn one stamp for every visit to Servisair / Aspire lounge. Earn five stamps and you can swap it for a £5 shopping voucher.
Here are a few pictures of the Edinburgh Aspire lounge:
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.
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.
If you don’t have any of these cards, your best option is to book in advance and guarantee admission via the Aspire website here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (April 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge 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 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it 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 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.