It is now featured on the avios.com, albeit tucked away under ‘How to Spend / At The Airport’. The page is here.
Avios claims that you can order passes for lounges at 25 UK airports, which must cover pretty much every third party lounge in the country. Whilst this is not mentioned on their website, Avios partners with Lounge Pass to provide this benefit. Any lounge featured on the Lounge Pass website (click here) should be bookable on points.
How many Avios do you need to book an airport lounge?
Pricing is a bit vague. The website says:
We got on the phone and asked about the No 1 Lounge facility in Gatwick South. We have reviewed this twice (by Rob here and by Anika here) and it is impressive. It is the only independent lounge option at Gatwick South, which is the terminal now used by British Airways.
We were quoted 4,650 Avios per adult for the No 1 Lounge at Gatwick South.
The headline price at Gatwick South if you paid cash is £30 per adult. This is not a terrible use of Avios points at 4,650 per person. You are getting 0.65p per point.
However, for No 1, there is also this very generous offer currently running for the No 1 Lounge at Gatwick where you can earn 1,000 Avios and get entry for just £25. This is far better value than spending 4,650 Avios to get in.
You can also enter the No 1 Lounge at Gatwick South using the two Lounge Club passes that come with the free (in Year 1) Amex Gold card. No 1 Lounge at Gatwick South is one of the best uses of the Amex Gold / Lounge Club passes, alongside our other UK favourites – Club Aspire in Heathrow Terminal 3, No 1 Lounge in Gatwick North and Plaza Premium in Heathrow Terminal 2 and Terminal 4.
That said, if Avios is using the same 0.65p valuation for all of its lounges, this service may be worth it when where is no special deal for cash running. I would give it a miss for No 1, however, as long as you can earn Avios and get a discount for paying cash.
Of course, if you are flying short haul, you may prefer to use your Avios points towards booking your redemption flight in Club Europe and getting BA lounge access thrown in. This is especially true on shorter flights.
It is a bit crazy to pay 4,650 Avios for a lounge pass if you could swap your 4,500 one-way economy Avios flight to Amsterdam to a 9,000 Avios Club Europe flight instead. You’d get BA lounge access plus fast track security plus priority boarding plus an empty middle seat plus free food and drink ….
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 20,000 points sign-up bonus. 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.