This is our review of the AspirePlus lounge at Bristol Airport.
Our first volunteer reviewer was Colin who kindly sent in this review of the AspirePlus lounge at Bristol Airport:
“The AspirePlus Lounge at Bristol Airport is opposite the regular Aspire Lounge. None of the main cards – Priority Pass, DragonPass or Lounge Club list the AspirePlus lounge, only the regular Aspire Lounge.
I had a free pass courtesy of LoungeBuddy, who were keen to get a review, and my wife got in with a DragonPass card and a £10 supplement. I assume this deal also works for Priority Pass and Lounge Club. LoungeBuddy charge £35 normally, and Aspire themselves sell entrance for £29.99 (£3 discount for senior citizens) so using a lounge card is better value if you fancy a change from the regular lounge.
The lounge was fairly newly I think and not many people could have used any lounge cards. The receptionist really struggled to know what to do with my card.
Seating was very comfortable and stylish, particularly the loungers (a sort of high-backed chaise longue),
….. and many chairs had USB points and / or mains sockets.
Both hot and cold food was served. The hot seemed better than the normal Aspire fare. I normally go for No1 Traveller lounges as their food options used to be better, though recently the menu seems to have been downgraded.
The lounge’s own blurb says they serve premium wines, suggesting they might be better than in standard Aspire lounges. Whether that is the case I can’t say, as the wines were only on a service basis and I can’t remember them making a big thing of the labels.
This may not be universal but one plus for Aspire lounges, just based on visits at Stansted and Bristol is that toilets are located in the lounge, so you don’t have to wander off to find an airport toilet.
On the other hand, all the newspapers and magazines are plastered with ‘Do not remove’ stickers. (No1 Traveller in comparison seems to be pretty relaxed about taking them on-board your flight.) There’s nothing worse than being called for your flight halfway through an interesting article, never to discover how it ends!
The main reasons to use the AspirePlus lounge in Bristol are that it should be quieter and does not admit children, so singles and couples can have a more peaceful time.
The ‘no children’ policy is displayed on the front desk, but you might not easily spot it on their website where it’s tucked in the ‘Further Lounge Information’.
As you can see from the photos, there were only a couple of other people in the lounge when I visited on a late afternoon. In comparison the Aspire lounge opposite was packed.
If you’ve got a longer stopover this might be worth a visit. For a quick drink and nibbles the regular lounge is perfectly adequate.”
Thanks Colin. If you want to book a space in the Bristol AspirePlus lounge in advance, you can do it on the Aspire website here.
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:
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.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 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.