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First pictures of the new No 1 Traveller lounge in Gatwick South

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The new, much expanded, No 1 Traveller lounge in Gatwick South has just opened.

(Remember that British Airways is moving to Gatwick South next January, so even if you have no plans to visit this lounge in the near future you are highly likely to be seeing it at some point.)

The original No 1 Traveller lounge was, frankly, too small.  The company has built a brand new space in a different location, just next to the Club Rooms private lounges which I reviewed last year.

Here are some pictures sent in by a reader, who described it as ‘absolutely beautiful’:

No 1 Traveller Lounge Gatwick South

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No 1 Traveller Lounge Gatwick South 3

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No 1 Traveller Lounge Gatwick South 2

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No 1 Traveller Lounge Gatwick South 4

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No 1 6

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No 1 7

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No1 5

In terms of access, you get in via Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum) or Lounge Club (two free entry passes free with Amex Gold).  You can also book in advance for cash via the No 1 website.  The special offer of £20 entry plus 750 Avios is still running.

No idea at this point if there will be a formal press launch or not – if there is, I will hopefully be able to get a closer look.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

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 a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

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 (16)

  • Brussels Sprout says:

    Hopefully it will not be blighted by the no Priority Pass due to full lounge problems of its predecessor and its friends at North Terminal and Birmingham. I have given up trying

  • Maptwo says:

    I hope they have put in more loos than its cousin in LGW North!

  • Tom says:

    I think you can still get £15 passes using the Gourmet Society DragonPass offer.

  • Biffin says:

    I was in there for a fairly brief visit on Thursday. I guess it had only just opened as there were loads of people going round with clipboards, checking things. There’s a temporary entrance at the moment, and a small check-in counter. Then you get a more personal welcome in the lounge – very enthusiastic and pleasant, and not from behind a counter. As has already been said, it’s much bigger and more open but with some separate areas at the side like the ‘Library’ (not for kids under 12). Kids get an activity pack – stickers and colouring, always welcome. We had the one-free-per-person hot food ordered at the bar – same as in the old lounge. There didn’t appear to be a cold buffet like before – just the cakes were on offer. Not sure whether this is going to be introduced later…? Seemed to be plenty of toilets. All very nice. I used Lounge Club to get in.

  • Craig says:

    In gatwick north today flying ba. The lounge is chaos – genuinely not a seat and can hardly move. Not a relaxing time.

    • John W says:

      I’m there in a couple of weeks. I’m thinking of just staying in the terminal because by the sound of the comments on here it is a real shambles.

      • Jonathan says:

        If you’re getting access via BA Business class ticket be sure to complain.

        BA seem happy to appease my complaints with Avios – they didn’t budge when I asked for a specific number of tier points to take me from silver to gold! Instead they gave me 8000 avios last year when I complained about waiting for an hour for my bag to arrive! (which i know is nothing to do with them!).

        (Incidentally complain about everything, Cathay recently gave me 75 USD when I complained about IFE screen not working!). The only reason I had bothered to send an email was because they damaged my Antler suitcase, which they remedied with a brand new Samsonite equivalent.

        • VP says:

          where exactly do you people complain to get avios? In my case, I cancelled a 2-4-1 redemption, BA did not refund almost GBP 600 of taxes and fuel surcharge (though I got all Avios back). It took me 3 months and 7-8 calls (each lasting 30 mins incl wait time) to get back my money and I didn’t even get a decent apology from BA.. forget 1 extra avios !!

          • Genghis says:

            Call the helpline / send a ‘secure message’ and make a complaint. I complain about anything and everything. Got 57k avios back last year for a 2x30k CE RFS last year. Not bad – 3k avios and £100 for two people to southern Spain.

          • harry says:

            Unfortunately BA are absolutely brilliant on our route 🙂

      • Tom C says:

        We flew paid J BA on Friday and that is exactly what we did, due to the previous comments on the article that Rob ran a few weeks ago suggesting people couldn’t even get a seat. We just went to Jamie’s for breakfast and then went straight to the plane once boarding was announced, without ever seeing the lounge.

        • lucinda says:

          Flying in j with ba in may from lgw north. Would it be better to visit this lounge in south then and leave enough time to connect to n terminal?

          • Danny says:

            Don’t you need to check in, go though security first before you can use a lounge?

  • Sussex bantam says:

    Great tip. Thanks

  • Zag says:

    I visited this lounge on Wed this week. I wouldn’t say fab, but it was definitely nicer than before. Very limited food choices. I liked the quite area though with conference table and dimmed lighting.

  • Waribai says:

    Wrote to BA regarding a delayed flight and lack of lounge in INN We just got an apology. I again wrote back and asked specifically for avios.
    The reply we got was that they understood why we would ask but they couldn’t offer anything!

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