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Avios launches generous partnership with No1 Traveller lounges (and win 18,000 Avios)

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If you don’t have airport lounge access via your flight ticket, your elite status or via a Priority Pass card from American Express Platinum, your best fall-back option is usually No1 Traveller.

The company has the largest network of premium independent lounges in the UK.  I have reviewed a couple of them in the past – here is my very enthusiastic review of Gatwick North and here is what I published about the new Edinburgh lounge.

No1 Traveller is also in Heathrow Terminal 3, Birmingham and Gatwick South (photo below).  All lounges include free hot food, free drinks (some premium food and drinks carries an extra charge), free newspapers and magazines and free wi-fi.

No 1 Traveller Gatwick South

No1 Traveller has just announced a tie-up with avios.com.  This allows you to buy access to their lounges at a discount and earn points in avios.com at the same time.

Full details can be found here.

If you pre-book lounge access, you will pay a flat fee of just £20 per person which saves up to £15 depending on airport.  You will also receive 750 Avios points in avios.com.

If you pay on the door – which means you run the very real risk at Gatwick of the lounge being full – you get a fixed discount of £5 on the walk-in price.  You will also receive 500 Avios points in avios.com.

I think this is a decent deal.  Stripping out the value of the Avios takes the net cost down to around £15 and they are definitely worth that if you have a couple of hours to kill.

A new offering at Terminal 5

No1 Traveller lost the bid to run the new independent lounge at Terminal 5 to Servisair / Swissport.  Instead, they launched a special ‘meal deal’ with the Gordon Ramsey Plane Food restaurant to offer a £30 two-course menu (£15 for children).  The food on offer varies depending to the time of day.

You will earn 500 Avios if you pre-book a Plane Food / No1 Traveller package.

A competition

To encourage you to give the new package a try, No1 Traveller is giving away 18,000 Avios points and lounge entry for two people to five lucky winners.  Everyone who books lounge entry via the special No1 Traveller / Avios website will be entered automatically.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

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 Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (53)

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  • Olivula says:

    I have just been in contact with Gatwick no1. I have Priority Pass but if you want to get in you are strongly advised to pay £5 for a reservation fee as well. They claim to honour walk up entry but regularly refuse visitors on the grounds they are too busy. I have watched them send travellers away despite the lounge being below half full. It might appear they are trying to leverage another five quid off PP visitors.

    • Rob says:

      I doubt it – if they don’t have guests, they don’t make any money! Assuming that Priority Pass pay them £15, it would be foolish to give that up for the sake of another £5. Some airlines now use it as their official lounge (eg Garuda) so they know when they are expecting an influx of guests who are guaranteed entrance.

      The one time I used it was with a Priority Pass and that was for a walk-up.

      • Olivula says:

        They just refused access again at 13.30 on a Thursday so it is rarely walk up these days. I don’t think my Amex Platinum delivers much for the £450 fee and is past being value for money

  • Andy says:

    The LGW N is a decent deal as it includes priority security, if you value an avios at 1p that makes the lounge fee £12.50 Inc guaranteed entry unlike priority pass.

    Mr only issue is the likes of LGW N and EDI could get very busy.

  • Trevor says:

    Hi folks
    It must be me but if I go to book LGW Nth Lounge it shows £25 per person. Is that correct?
    Thanks
    T

    • Lionel says:

      It’s £25 but since they advertise it as £20 earlier on the website, you could phone later & get a £5 refund (screenshot advised).

  • John G says:

    This is the same deal you get with VS gold so it is pretty good that Avios are offering this to anyone.

    • Lionel says:

      Barclays Premier would charge £15/ visit (Airport Angel scheme) so it’s not that exceptional. Good value, agreed.

  • Nick Haley says:

    Travelling through T5 in a few weeks time. Will that new lounge be open? Priority pass is no good for Servisair is it?

  • Simmo says:

    Slightly off topic.

    I have a British Airways economy flight from Gatwick in the next few months, its a 9.30am weekday flight, 2 passengers.
    I am BA Silver, and also have a Priority Pass – What are the chances of the BA Lounge being full (there was a caveat when I booked, saying silver lounge access is based on capacity), and being turnt away? Ideally I’d check out the BA Lounge, and then No1.

  • takke says:

    The risk of the No1 lounge being ‘full’ extends beyond Gatwick – I got turned away from the BHX one with a PP last week on the basis that they were awaiting their airline contract pax. I had to go to the Aspire instead which wasn’t actually that bad.

    • Waribai says:

      I think Simmo is talking about the risk of the Ba Lounge being full and getting turned away which I would say is extremely low. I’ve been in there quite a bit even on the first Saturday of the summer holidays and while it has been full I didn’t see anyone turned away. It wasn’t very pleasant though with everyone crowded round the food and we soon nipped back along the corridor to the F lounge which was a lot less quiet albeit without a kids playroom!

  • 23Mav says:

    OT – I am looking for some help fellow readers.

    My landlord has stated that he would be willing to accept a paypal payment for rent ( he lives in NZ and the flat is in London. I worked out i would be paying about an extra £22 per month to cover the fees. My rent is £670 a month

    So with a BA Amex 1.5 avios for £1 spend – would it be worth me paying him this way ? I want to fly business / First and would mainly love to take my retired dad on a trip of a life time.

    Thanks for your help. I love this blog. 🙂

    • Lionel says:

      You can choose your exchange rate as suits your circumstances. 1 Avios = 1p works fine for me as I always get more value than that (mostly flights).

      So your £22 = 2200 Avios

      You’d earn (you say) (670 x 1.5) = 1005 Avios

      Might still make sense if you factor in the costs of sending him the money by other means. Do you intimate you are sending him money to NZ? In NZD? & he expects you to bear currency exchange and funds transfer costs?

    • jenecho says:

      Doesn’t sound like a good deal to me- you would be paying £22 for the privilege of receiving 1000 avios. Which would only be worth £10 tops. And you would only get 12k over a year. At a cost of £264. They aren’t even that much to buy, I don’t think, and certainly not if there is a buy avios sale on. Much better to look at getting avios some other way- credit cards etc. Even a subscription to the economist which gets you 12k is much cheaper than that!

      • Danksy says:

        It’s an expensive way *unless* you can get a supercard and fund via your Amex card!

    • James67 says:

      If you are in a position to do then it might be more beneficial to develop a strategy of applying for a new cc every three months and taking advantage of your rent to hit target spends and release more generous signup bonuses. This will result in a much greater return for your £22 fees than passing it all through BA amex. To top up the avios you are obviously collecting you have quite a number of options. Rob has summarised all these in one post so you can search for it. However, timing is a,so important in that ylj have to go for the right cards at the right time. For example that would be virgin and etihad at the moment. This would result in a diversified portfolio with smaller amounts of miles in different schemes. However, you did say that your goal was a trip of a lifetime. To me that often equates to a multisector itinerary so those smaller pools of miles can prove useful for regional one ware flights or even transcontinental flights. At some stage you want to add PRGor SPG cards because they have very useful bonuses and the points are flexible in that you can transfer to many airlines to top up balances to more useful amounts. As always, be sensible with credit. Good luck.

      • Simmo says:

        Yes, this is the route I would take.
        With sign up bonus’ you would be able to make a few Avios in lump sums every few months with guaranteed spend.

        However, I also guess the £10,000 spend on a BA AMEX for the companion voucher is worth say £700-£1000 depending on how it is used.

        AMEX Gold = 22,000 if referred on £2000 in 3 months, £150 fee pro rata refund on cancel
        AMEX Plat = 35,000 if referred on £2000 in 3 months, £450 fee pro rata refund on cancel
        AMEX SPG = 11,000 if referred on £1000 in 3 months, £75 fee pro rata refund on cancel
        (plus any offers for supp cards?)

        Then of course this is just Avios.

        • Danny says:

          And pay.com cards in Tesco have just made getting avios so much easier! I picked up £500 today = 4600 avios (on a 2 point Amex card).

          If you do this you’ll need to register personal details pretty soonish with pay.com as their limits (to prevent money laundering) are much lower than 3V’s. Details online.

          • Ian says:

            But where do you get 3vs cards? I can’t seem to find it anywhere!

          • Danny says:

            We’re swimming in pay.coms so it must depend on locality. I noticed they are also already widely distributed (as pay.com not 3V) in Morrisons, so they are definitely around.

          • Nick says:

            What is the 2 point amex card? I thought that the gold card just gave 1 point per £1 spent…. or are the terms of the existing gold cards grandfathered?

          • Danny says:

            Ah I see you’re right and Gold is £1:1 for supermarket spend from now on https://www.americanexpress.com/uk/content/gold-card/?sourcecode=MULT000221&cpid=100122274&veid=sZZFrGyyG|dc_pcrid_68133761594_plid__kword_amex%20gold%20card_match_e

            There ARE other cards out there with better earning rates than £1:1 but I’m no expert. My MBNA BMI Amex earns £1:2 from memory.

            Even on £1:1, £500 of pay.com cards = 4100 avios. Not a bad couple of minutes’ work 🙂

          • Kris says:

            If you can find them!

          • Danny says:

            People say that who have not looked recently.

            3V got taken over by pay.com.

            There was a gap when there were none around.

            Now there are millions.

            = free avios for all

        • Oliver says:

          I agree with this

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