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Review of the British Airways Galleries lounge at Edinburgh Airport

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This is my review of the British Airways Lounge at Edinburgh Airport.

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

A long layover at Edinburgh Airport last week gave me a chance to take a look at three of the lounges – No 1 Lounge, Aspire and the British Airways Galleries.

My review of the No1 Lounge is here and my review of the Aspire lounge is here.

Where is the British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport?

The British Airways lounge is located next to the Aspire lounge at the far end of the shopping precinct.  The No1 Lounge is more central, although you shouldn’t pick a lounge on this basis as they are only a minute or so apart.

How can you get into the lounge?

The British Airways lounge at Edinburgh operates under standard BA lounge access rules.  You will need Silver or higher Executive Club status, be travelling in Club Europe or be connecting to a long-haul Club World or First flight at Heathrow to gain access.

You cannot get in by paying or by showing any lounge access card.  You can access the No1 Lounge and Aspire lounges for cash, or with a Priority Pass (free with American Express Platinum or you can buy one) or Lounge Club card (free with the free American Express Gold).

What is the Edinburgh British Airways lounge like inside?

I had mixed feelings about the British Airways Galleries lounge.  The Aspire lounge was, to my mind, the weakest of the three Edinburgh lounges – but still more than satisfactory – whilst the BA and No1 lounges each have their strong points.

What you get with the British Airways lounge is scale.  This is a big lounge, surprisingly big actually.

It is also a busy lounge.  My flight back was operated by a two-aisle Boeing 767.  The Club Europe cabin was virtually full and there would have been lots of Silver and Gold status card holders, or connecting passengers, in Euro Traveller.  There were a lot of people with lounge access rights, and BA has so many flights from Edinburgh that you will often get passengers from two or more flights overlapping.

The lounge sticks very much to the standard British Airways design.  The food and drink layout here:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Edinburgh Airport

and here:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Edinburgh Airport

….. will be familiar to most of you even if you’ve never been to Edinburgh.

When I said the lounge was big, this is what I meant:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Edinburgh Airport



Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Edinburgh Airport

This was the key selling point for me.  Lots of space and lots of variety.  Whether you wanted a desk to work at, a communal eating table or sofa style seating, you are going to be OK.  The No 1 Lounge also offers all of this, but on a smaller scale.

The newspaper and magazine selection was good.  Drinks are self service, whilst Aspire and No 1 have a staffed bar.

What lets the lounge down, at least mid afternoon, was the lack of hot food – or any decent food at all.  British Airways never seems to make a success of feeding people at its lounges outside London.  If you’re hungry, and you’ve got a Priority Pass, I would make a detour via No 1 or Aspire before heading here.

If you are reading this and will be able to access the BA lounge but do not have access to No1 or Aspire, the question isn’t really ‘which Edinburgh Airport lounge is best?’.  Your question will be ‘is it worth getting to the airport early to enjoy the BA lounge?’.  Food-wise, the answer is ‘No’.  Drinks-wise, I’d say yes.  Space-wise and comfort-wise, I’d say yes.

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 (17)

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  • Stu_N says:

    The staff are all really friendly and helpful, drinks selection is pretty good and theres never a problem getting champagne…

    Usually pop into Aspire for hot breakfast if I want that then onto BA to wait for the flight. Often cereal and some fruit does the trick for me though.

  • Paul says:

    I tend to agree that the lounge staff at EDI are the stand out feature. Otherwise it’s a glorified waiting room with sandwhichesvthat would embarrass a motorway service station or the old British Rail.
    However in the modern travel world the service they offer is of limited use. I would genuinely swap the servicevthe provide for decent food, table service as offered by No1. I did have an issue but they could help me and frankly I can’t see me needing their help more than I want decent catering.

    Horses for courses etc

  • Lewis Watson says:

    Have the rules changed? Does it need to be long haul? When I was bronze I got access when starting in Edinburgh and joining a club Europe flight at Heathrow. This was in days before domestic club

  • Andrew says:

    Spent 6 months commuting weekly to a client up there about 6-7 years ago and used the BA lounge a lot. I don’t remember much about the food, but if I recall we only really utilised the gin supplies…

    More seriously, we did get stuck there for hours one evening with a series of delays. The team in the lounge were very good, albeit there was nothing they could do as nothing was moving.

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