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Review of the Aspire Lounge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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This is our review of Aspire lounge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

Reader Bill kindly sent in this some photographs and a brief review of the Aspire Lounge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport:

EDIT: This lounge was refurbished in 2018.  Our review of the refurbished Aspire lounge at Liverpool airport is here.

Aspire lounge Liverpool John Lennon Airport review

“The Aspire Lounge at Liverpool Airport is located inside the departure lounge after security on the lower level. You pass it on the way to all gates so it can’t be missed.

Aspire lounge Liverpool John Lennon Airport review

As you can see, is a modern facility with a wide range of seating – and not overcrowded at 7pm.

Hot and cold snacks include cheese, crackers, soup, cookies, popcorn & crisps.  Drink options from the bar – which is not self service – include a selection of Fullers beers.

Aspire lounge Liverpool John Lennon Airport review

I visited the Aspire Lounge at around 7pm – 1 hour before closing. They had moved everything from above the fridges onto the tables …..

Aspire lounge Liverpool John Lennon Airport review

…… so that the cleaners could come in and do a clean from 8pm.

Aspire lounge Liverpool John Lennon Airport review

Flight information screens display boarding information but no announcements are made.

Aspire lounge Liverpool John Lennon Airport review

Newspapers and magazines are available at the reception.

Aspire lounge Liverpool John Lennon Airport review

All in all, this is a surprisingly modern facility for a regional airport.  If you have a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card it is well worth a visit.  Paid entry is also available from £18.99 with discounts for children and senior citizens.”

Thanks Bill. If you want to book a space in the Liverpool Airport Aspire lounge in advance, you can do it on the Aspire website here.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four 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 (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

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

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

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 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 you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  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)

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  • the real harry1 says:

    Thanks Bill – not planning to go to Liverpool, though – not enough parsecs as it is

  • xcalx says:

    Only been in the once, just the one staff member trying to cope with signing people in and serving at the bar ( tiny little area more suited to self serve) Most guests were bringing in cooked food from elsewhere.

  • Nick says:

    But what is the food/snack/drink selection like?

    • Peter K says:

      I’ve been and it is mainly finger food. A few rolls, packets of crisps and the like. On a short flight you could eat here and not be hungry but it is not inspirational… It is a small lounge however and the staff were very friendly and helpful when I went.

      When I asked about gluten free food they had a decent selection of nibbles (better than most regional lounges) but nothing substantial.

      • Peter K says:

        Forgot to say, alcoholic drinks cover the basics of beer, wine and a limited selection of spirirts. As mentioned in the main article it’s not self serve. There was no champagne that I remember being available, free or to buy.
        There are no toilets in the lounge either.
        I personally liked it however.

  • Czechoslovakia says:

    Been here many a time. Staff always great. Presumably it was originally a shop, given location and size. They don’t seem to like accepting aspire stamp cards for entry, for some reason. Happily left me and my 3 year old there for 4 hours, without complaint, until it closed.

  • Oyster says:

    Rob, is there a review coming up for the CWLCY gate lounge?
    I’m headed there later this year and wondered if it’s worth a visit or whether I should avail of the 20 minute checkin time?

  • Travelful says:

    This review is not objective. I’ve been there 4 times, at 3 different times, in the last 4 months, and my experience is negative, sadly.

    -it is a lounge,
    -food and drinks (but very bare minimum: I had pasta there with three very different temperatures).

    -understaffed (last time I waited 5 minutes to be served);
    -has no toilets, so when you have an urge, you need to walk 100m to the nearest toilet (and don’t forget your luggage);
    -very overcrowded during mid-day and morning hours;
    -has a very limited press selection, limited to right wing newspapers;
    -you can’t grab a can of a drink for a plane, especially if in rush, because drinks are served in large bottles.

    Neutral observation:
    -the staff doesn’t seem to be proud of the languages they may speak, although sadly they are monolingual (English). I do like having an occasional conversation in German or Spanish, just because I don’t speak these languages as often as I’d like to. It’s just my little observation. If the staff isn’t monolingual, they could have language badges, perhaps.

    The lounge feels very sub-prime.

    • Travelful says:

      Also, the food selection is usually very poor (usually empty stands/fridge; poor selection). I also asked about mocktails (cocktail-like drinks, except no alcohol in it), but all is served is just alcohol.

    • The Real Barry says:

      You, my dear, sound very sub-prime

      • Travelful says:

        I do sound very sub-prime to you. I might be indeed very sub-prime. So what? The lounge, however, should not be. I do not see any reason for you to publish this comment.

    • Trickster says:

      Oh no, 5 minutes and 100 minutes. How ever did you cope!

      • Trickster says:

        Doh, 100 metres, not minutes. But you get my point!!

        • Travelful says:

          No, I don’t understand your point. I am just sharing my opinion, my experience, and compared to other lounges I visited, this one is not a good one.

          I specifically outlined why I think what I think. I took time to write this review, so please do respect the time I spent writing it, because it’s quite detailed, and I think it’s helpful for people with mobility difficulties.

          I didn’t know the International System of Units will confuse you so much. The m stands for metres, and min for minutes

  • The Real Garry says:

    I only fly out of Liverpool when I’m unable to hotwire a car between my hotel and the airport. I’ve never actually made it to the airport before…

  • bill says:

    amongst the food items is chilli-popcorn ! weird stuff

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