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Our review of the new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport

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This is my review of the new Aspire 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 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 visitIf 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:

Aspire lounge Edinburgh 1 review

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Aspire lounge Edinburgh 2 review

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Aspire lounge Edinburgh 3 review

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Aspire lounge Edinburgh 5 review

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Aspire Lounge Edinburgh Airport review

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Aspire lounge Edinburgh review

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Aspire lounge Edinburgh 4 review

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Aspire lounge Edinburgh 7 review

You can get free access to the Aspire lounge – and indeed the No 1 Traveller lounge at Edinburgh – with a Lounge Club or Priority Pass card.  You can also buy access via the Aspire site.

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.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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:

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 (13)

  • Ian says:

    It’s also worth noting that FlyBe now use the Aspire lounge – and it is a huge improvement from the old FlyBe lounge.

  • gadgetcakes says:

    So, any preference between the two? The No 1 review mentioned that there is hot food and all but Champers and Premium spirits are included, what about at the Aspire?

    I guess Alan has been to both, any opinions as to which is better and why?

    • Alan says:

      Hehe yep, been to both a few times. If I’m wanting some food I go with No 1 (quite like their cumberland pie), but otherwise I’ve tended to go with Aspire – I found they had a bigger selection of nibbles and I get my Servisair loyalty stamp. It’s also very close to the BA lounge if I want to lounge hop!

      • gadgetcakes says:

        Thanks, really helpful! Will decide what’s more important (hot meal or snacks).

        What about drinks? Do Aspire charge? When in Edinburgh its always nice to be able to try a few single malts :), from the No 1 review it seems they would be chargeable, what about Aspire?

        • Alan says:

          Aspire don’t charge at all, it’s help yourself. For No 1 they have some free (not sure how many you’re allowed) and some paid for – I took a photo of their menu, see the link to the No 1 Traveller review at the top of the page. Agree with ChrisH they’re not the most inspiring selection!

        • CV3V says:

          I can vouch that No.1 will serve you from the bar malt whiskey for free, I think it was Glenfiddich.

  • ChrisH says:

    If the Edinburgh Aspire uses the same wines as Luton then I wouldn’t be heading there for alcoholic drinks…

    • Leo says:

      Went to Aspire Luton recently and limited selection of generally low quality alcoholic drinks, but indulged in a few Chang beers which were decent enough. All free mind you.

  • Kay says:

    >Ironically, if you have a Priority Pass card, Servisair actually pays you money to visit

    That’s not ironic at all! Are you an Alanis Morissette fan by any chance? 🙂

  • gadgetcakes says:

    Reporting live from the Serviceair / Aspire lounge.

    Alcohol – no longer self service. Wines, Beers and Spirits all free. Whiskies on offer are Bells, Famous Grouse and Glenfiddich. Champagne at extra costs.

    Food – Hot Bacon rolls until 11:30am, now only hot pastries, soup and rolls (filled and plain)

    Snacks – large selection, including peanuts, spicy crackers, olives, pickled onions, crisps, biscuits, yoghurts, cheese and crackers.

    Soft drinks – the usual selection, juices, coke, lemonade tonic, coffees, teas (normal, herbal and fruity).

    Any questions I’ll be here for a few hours 😉

    • Alan says:

      Haha enjoy – thanks for updating, I normally just grabbed a juice when I was there so hadn’t paid too much attention to the drinks offerings.

  • andy stock says:

    The Aspire Lounge is the only acceptable bit of Luton Airport!

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