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No 1 Traveller lounge at Stansted Airport to close permanently on Christmas Eve

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The No 1 Traveller ‘pay as you go’ lounge at London Stansted is to close for good on Christmas Eve.

This is not a great loss, to be honest.  Because it was situated on one of the piers, it was only accessible to some passengers, not all, depending on which gate your flight was allocated.  The round trip if your flight went from a different pier was quite a trot.

Whilst I never visited myself, general feedback was that it never managed to reach the very high standards of the No 1 Traveller lounges at Gatwick.  You may remember my review of the Gatwick North lounge earlier in the year which is substantially better in every respect than the British Airways lounge upstairs.

The good news is that an ‘Escape’ lounge is due to open in the main terminal in February.  Some of the No 1 Traveller staff have been offered jobs in the new facility.

‘Escape’ is the lounge brand owned by Manchester Airport.  The new ‘Escape’ lounge at East Midlands Airport (also owned by Manchester Airport, as is Stansted) looks very impressive as I wrote a couple a months ago.  I have also enjoyed my two visits to the ‘Escape’ lounge in Manchester Terminal 3 used by Virgin Little Red.

In the long run, this will be a positive development if the new ‘Escape’ facility maintains the brand standards – especially as its position in the main terminal will make it easy for everyone to access.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four 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.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 you get a 30,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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 (6)

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  • andystock says:

    One of my work mates went and the feedback was poor. Awful location and apparently it was tiny. This was after I spoke positively about no 1 lounge Gatwick North and Edinburgh.

  • Rob says:

    Priority Pass gave you access to priority security queue at Stansted (as a tie in with the no. 1 lounge).Will this continue to be the case now? Without access to priority security it would make less included to use Stansted as their security queues can sometimes be quite long.

  • Rob says:

    (I agree the lounge was pretty crap and was way too small – marginally better than waiting in general area)

  • Aliks says:

    We only used it once when on a Ryanair flight to Madrid – which made it specially convenient for our gate.

    I found it to be a reasonable facility, but in such a tiny isolated area I guess it was uneconomic.

  • Dev says:

    Awful location… the end of the RyanAir pier and a massive schlep to your flight, if with any other airline from Stansted. The lounge itself was ok…a group of us went to Amsterdam for the weekend and it worked out to about £8 entry each (using STN staff discount & my PriorityPass). We had more than £8 worth of booze and food to ensure we got value.

  • Steve says:

    I used the lounge on a frequent basis when using Ryan Air. I never had any complaints. You pay for what you get. I had access through Airport Angel. The food was always well cooked and presented and you could have most drinks for “free”. Maybe I will be one of the few that will miss it.

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