When No 1 Traveller closed its lounge at London Stansted before Christmas, I mentioned that an ‘Escape’ lounge was being planned for the main terminal. ‘Escape’ is the brand used by Manchester Airports Group across the various airports it owns (Stansted, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Manchester).
Details of the new lounge have now appeared on the Stansted website and an artists impression (below) is also available.
It opens April 27th
Access is restricted until 3 hours before your departure time
Open 4am to 8.30pm daily
No children under the age of 6 allowed
Situated on the mezzanine floor in the main departure lounge
It is not yet confirmed that you will be able to enter via Priority Pass or Lounge Club. However, all of the other ‘Escape’ lounges in the portfolio belong to both of these programmes so I am assuming that both will be accepted. As the new lounge will be in the main departure area, you are guaranteed to be able to use it, wherever your destination.
Unless I get invited to any opening party, I’d be grateful if any Head for Points reader who passes through the airport on April 27th or soon after could take a few photographs for us.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 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.