I wrote two months ago that the dismal Swissport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 was scheduled to close at the end of October.
If you want to know how bad the Swissport lounge is, take a look at my review here.
Some Head for Points readers had reported that staff were saying a new Aspire lounge was in the works. We now have details of what you can expect – and it looks pretty good.
The lounge will certainly be welcome with Delta, Philippine Airlines and Garuda Indonesia currently adding to the existing flights from Terminal 3. It is expected that some overseas airlines will use Club Aspire as their core lounge for departing premium passengers.
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The lounge is scheduled to open in October by Gate 9 and will include a Bliss Spa and shower facilities.
Seating capacity is 120 which is an improvement on the Terminal 5 facility. The Aspire lounge in T5, whilst a welcome alternative to the British Airways lounges for non-premium passengers, is simply too small. A 50-seat expansion is apparently underway although I am not entirely sure how this is being fitted in to the existing facility.
There is talk of a 200-seat Plaza Premium lounge opening in Terminal 5 next year which should provide a real shot in the arm for BA passengers.
Access rules will match that of the current Swissport lounge and include Priority Pass AND Lounge Club. This is good news for holders of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold cards as they will be able to use their two free annual lounge entries here.
As with the Aspire lounge in Terminal 5, it will be owned and operated as a joint venture between Collinson Group, operators of Lounge Club and Priority Pass, and Swissport.
Free prosecco will be available for the first three months after which it will presumably become chargeable as in No 1 Lounge facilities.
‘Premium’ food options will also incur a fee although free ‘British-inspired’ food – breakfast rolls, a salad bar and a deli counter – will also be available.
The lounge will be bookable on the Aspire / Servisair site here. Advance booking is £24.99 per person compared to £29.99 for ‘walk up’ guests.
If there is a press preview day, we can hopefully get down there and take some actual photographs prior to the official opening. Whatever it is like, it cannot help but be a massive improvement on the Swissport lounge! It should also take some pressure off the excellent No 1 Lounge in Terminal 3 which I reviewed here.
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:
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.
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 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.