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Review of the Breeze Priority Lounge at Southampton International Airport

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This is our review of the Breeze Priority Lounge at Southampton International Airport.

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

Here is reader Stephen’s review of the Breeze Priority Lounge at Southampton International Airport.

“The Priority Lounge is the only lounge within the airport. It’s located on the first floor (lift available), past the Olive Tree restaurant and along two corridors. It is open 05:30 – 21:00 Monday to Saturday / 06:00 – 21:00 Sunday.

I was welcomed by a friendly member of staff at the small reception desk inside the lounge.

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The lounge has a large and a small room, with the smaller room only opening as extra capacity when required. The main room was full of semi-circular armchairs which unfortunately weren’t too comfortable, and did not have access to plug sockets. Some tables had an advertising board, which had the ability to charge USB devices.

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My flight was 10:15 and there were only 9 people in the lounge at 09:35. This is a “silent lounge”, so no flight announcements are made, but there are several screens displaying flight information.

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The lounge was bright, and looked down on the baggage reclaim area. The view from the large sloping windows was disappointing as you get a much better view from Costa on the 1st floor of the airport.

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Business facilities

There was a small business area in the main room with four seats for those wanting to sit and work with a laptop. There were plug sockets as well as “premium” WiFi but I’ve never had any problems with the free WiFi provided by the airport.

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Food and drink

I was in the lounge during breakfast time. There was no hot food available, instead there was a small selection of cold food (cereals / fruit / pastries / crisps).

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They had a well-stocked Nespresso machine, some chilled fruit juice and water.

The bar was self-service with a small selection of spirits, wine and beers. A 200ml bottle of chilled prosecco is £5, and half a bottle of champagne is between £20 and £45.

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There is no bathroom inside the lounge. You have to leave the lounge, and use the toilet that is next to the restaurant (Olive Tree).

Conclusion

Overall, this was a basic, quiet and relaxing lounge. I personally wouldn’t return, due to the poor value and limited food options. If I found myself with some spare time in this airport again, I would instead head to “The Olive Tree” restaurant / bar and then relax on these super comfortable chairs next to the departure gates.

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You can access this lounge using several different lounge passes, such as the Lounge Club (free with an American Express Gold card) or Priority Pass (free with American Express Platinum, or buy one directly) membership.   Alternatively, you can book direct online via Lounge Pass which is cheaper than the walk-up rate.”


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 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

30,000 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 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

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 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.

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