Back in December I ran a Head for Points competition in conjunction with LoungeBuddy. Two readers won $100 to spend on buying access to airport lounges across the UK.
LoungeBuddy is the leading global authority on airport lounges. It is a FREE app which is available for both iOS and Android phones.
If you are reading this on your phone and click here, you will be automatically taken to the relevant download page for your device.
At its simplest, it shows you a comprehensive list of airport lounges at the airport where you currently are (it will bring up relevant results automatically if it senses you are in an airport) or you can pick one which you intend to visit. Listings include ratings, reviews, photos and access requirements.
It can do more than that, however.
You can store details of your airline status cards with LoungeBuddy. You can also upload details of your forthcoming flights. The app will use this information to highlight which lounges you are allowed to use based on your status or your travel class.
Last December LoungeBuddy launched the next stage of its evolution – selling day passes to pay-as-you-go airport lounges.
When I wrote about this last time, it was only available for the iOS app. As of a couple of weeks ago, it has been extended to the Android app too. You can now use LoungeBuddy on iOS or Android to buy access to a large number of UK airport lounges and a handful in the US.
When you look at LoungeBuddy listings for a particular airport, lounges where you can use the app to purchase a day pass are highlighted with a large ‘Buy’ button. You can then use a pre-stored credit card number to buy an entrance pass for yourself and any number of guests. You simply show your LoungeBuddy confirmation code at the lounge entrance and you will be allowed in.
23 UK lounges currently participating
Since I last covered LoungeBuddy, it has expanded its coverage by adding the No 1 Traveller network.
Here are the 23 UK airport lounges which allow you to buy a day pass via the LoungeBuddy app:
- Aberdeen – Servisair
- Belfast City – Aspire
- Birmingham – Aspire, No 1 Traveller
- Bristol – Aspire
- Durham Tees Valley – Servisair
- Edinburgh – Aspire, No 1 Traveller
- Humberside – Servisair
- Inverness – Servisair
- Gatwick North – Aspire, My Lounge, No 1 Traveller
- Gatwick South – No 1 Traveller
- Heathrow T2 – Plaza Premium (photo below)
- Heathrow T2 Arrivals – Plaza Premium
- Heathrow T3 – Servisair, No 1 Traveller
- Liverpool – Aspire
- Luton – Aspire
- Manchester T1 – Aspire
- Manchester T2 – Servisair / Swissport
- Newcastle – Aspire and AspirePlus
The new Stansted lounge which I previewed yesterday is NOT part of the programme, unfortunately.
LoungeBuddy is offering a special discount to Head for Points readers who give the app a try.
If you download the LoungeBuddy app for your iOS or Android device and enter the code headfp you will receive a $10 credit against your first lounge visit. There is a box to enter the code on the ‘Payment’ tab on the menu. The $10 will be converted into £ when you make a purchase.
If you want to find out more about LoungeBuddy, visit their website here. Clicking here (if you are reading this on a smartphone) will take you to the download page for your device. Don’t forget to add the code headfp when registering.