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Exclusive first photos of the new Escape airport lounge at Stansted

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The new ‘Escape’ lounge at Stansted Airport opened on Monday.  ‘Escape’ is the in-house brand operated by Manchester Airports Group, who own Stansted.

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

You can book your entry in advance via the airport website here.

‘Escape’ is the first airport lounge to be located in the main departure area at Stansted, on the mezzanine floor.  This means that EVERY passenger can use it, whichever pier they are flying from, although children under 6 are not allowed in.

The lounge takes part in Priority Pass.  It is also part of Lounge Club so it is a good place to use the two free Lounge Club passes that come with the – free for the first year – American Express Gold card (review).  Alternatively, you can buy entrance in advance to guarantee a spot.

Thank you to Mark for these first pictures of the new Escape lounge at Stansted.

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You can find out more, and book, on this page of the Stansted Airport website.

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 (23)

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  • elGuiri says:

    Does one just need to turn up and show the Lounge Pass card, or do you need to book a time slot, as mentioned on the stansted website?

  • Marshall Haldane says:

    Disappointing to say the least.
    No hot food as per the included options in the booking despite asking twice for the buffet to be topped up, poor choice of sandwiches (egg, egg, ham or egg). Entry package only includes cheap unbranded spirits and beers, not main brands unless you pay more / upgrade.
    Sorry but I don’t class Tsing Tao or Cobra lagers as premium brands but that’s what they are classed as here.

    OK at £20 it isn’t at all expensive, but all other airport lounges I have visited have been sold service with main brands, and this isn’t.

    Not recommended at all, I rate this 2 out of 5 at best

  • frozen magic says:

    frozen magic

    First photos of the Escape airport lounge, Stansted

  • elGuiri says:

    Thanks to this article I was able to enjoy this lounge on a trip out to Valencia last weekend. Here’s what I did:
    I showed the Lounge Club card (it came with my Amex Gold card) to the guy on Fast Track security, he let my wife and I in (we only have one card between us) thus skipping the 150-person-long queue, and breezed through security in about 5 minutes.
    You then have to go with all the other passengers through all the shops until you reach the main departure lounge. At the time we arrived (about 5.30am) there was standing room only, the place was packed! (possibly to do with the building work currently going on there). After a bit of shuffling around, we saw a sign to the lounge right by the toilets (not the most illustrious of entrances). The lounge itself had coffee machine, pastries, cookies, cereal etc, similar to a Premier Inn breakfast. The sausage in a bap was quite tasty too.
    Apart from the fact that it was relatively calm, lots of seating, and good selection of food, one of the other great advantages is having its own toilets inside compared to the state of the main departure ones. I will be hanging on to my lounge card once I cancel the Amex gold, free fast track for the next 2 years sounds good to me!

    • bill says:

      I believe its £25 now. I am on the lounge via PP card. I thought the signage to direct me here was terrible. Although the last time I visited Stansted was 14 years ago so I cant recall if its better or worse. Sadly I forgot to ask about using PPcard for fast track. They’ve got pasta, houmous, sausage rolls, croissants, pies, pasties, sandwiches, cheese & crackers, fruit, cookies and soup. Not too bad. Very little natural light.

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