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Review: the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

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This is our review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 3.

You can find out more about the lounge, and book for cash, on the airport website here.

Reader John (who spent £1,052 on LEGO last year and resold it to earn cheap Avios!) kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport T3.  This is what he had to say:

If you depart from Manchester on a legacy carrier you’ll as often as not find yourself flying out of Terminal 3. British Airways and a number of its oneworld partners fly from here along with Ryanair and EasyJet.

As such, whether you’ve booked an award trip with British Airways that connects in LHR, a flight with American Airlines to their hub in Chicago or a weekend break to Madrid, you’ll be leaving from there.

It’s a pity, therefore, the main departures concourse is as poor as it is!

You get access to a smattering of shops and a few eateries / places to grab an overpriced beer but the gates are usually a fairly long walk from the central retail hub (given how small the terminal feels) and security can be a total nightmare if you time it wrong.

Luckily, help is at hand.

On a recent award trip – once again connecting in London with BA – I stopped by the Escape Lounge. The Escape Lounge is situated right next to the BA Terraces Lounge (which I will review tomorrow) and the two actually share the same view through the cupola onto the restaurant / bar in the centre of Terminal 3.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

I swung by using Priority Pass (my ticket in British Airways Club World didn’t permit me to enter – I would have been sent to the BA Terraces lounge instead).  It is also part of Lounge Club if you have your two free lounge passes from the American Express Gold charge card and also HSBC’s LoungeKey scheme.

Truth-be-told, I found myself quite jealous of the visitors for a few reasons.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The lounge is compact, but not poky, and well decorated. It feels modern and upbeat without trying too hard. It was very clean and offered a range of comfortable areas to sit, eat and work.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The food was nothing out of the ordinary, the classic diabetes-inducing selection of pastries, cakes and cereals, but a really nice touch was that they were serving hot bacon breakfast rolls. The food over in the Terraces lounge was fine but nothing was hot and nothing was that fresh.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The lounge had a self-service coffee machine (very similar to the one offered in the Terraces Lounge) and a well stocked bar complete with a member of staff to pour you a drink.  Alcohol is free except for premium spirits, champagne and prosecco.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

All very nice indeed, I must admit.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

Any drawbacks (other than having to pay for the booze)?

Not really – except that every time I have visited this lounge it has been busy. Not bursting at the seams, but you’d possibly struggle to get seats in a group of more than four.  This is probably not an issue if you’re travelling solo or as a couple but I have heard stories of families being denied access when the lounge was too busy.”

Thanks John.  If you want to book entry for cash, you can do so via this page of the Manchester Airport website here.


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 (23)

  • Speedbird_ABZ says:

    Good and fair review, thank you!
    I like this lounge – and the BA one at T3, the views are terrific and I must mention the staff who are unfailingly very friendly.
    I think the BA one shades it for me though – as has been said, Escape is far too busy a lot of the time and I was actually turned away a few weeks ago.

  • IO says:

    Hi,

    My experience is the escape lounge is always full of stag do’s whether it be 0600 or 2000. I prefer by far the BA T3 lounge which is quiet with a good selection of beverages.

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