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The Aspire lounge in London Gatwick’s North Terminal to close for refurbishment

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Aspire has announced that its lounge in Gatwick North will close on 26th February for refurbishment.  It will re-open under the Club Aspire format in May.

This is the oldest Aspire lounge in the portfolio, albeit only 6 years old, so the company clearly believes it is due a revamp.

This closure will put additional pressure on the No 1 Lounge (reviewed here) and My Lounge (reviewed here).  If you are planning to visit Gatwick North – the easyJet terminal – with a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card you may want to consider paying £5 per person via this link to reserve a spot and guarantee admission, as well as getting Fast Track Security.

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual 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.

Comments (134)

  • JamesB says:

    OT Buying avios: Anybody considering buying avios in the current BAEC should check out avios com before doing so. The thresholds for the 20% and 30% bonuses are different, kicking in lower than BA at 16k abd 35k aviis respectively. If need is not urgent then possibly worth waiting for an Iberia offer. Rememb

  • thehornets says:

    O/T. Data point: Applied for a supplementary Gold card on Sunday and received 3,000 bonus MR points today. I didn’t receive an offer or have any special link.

  • Lee says:

    OT – related to another post today about Dubai hotel
    Need some suggestions.
    We’ve booked two nights in WA Palm for two nights over Easter weekend with free Hilton certificates. Also have 3 SPG cat 1-5 free night cert to use, currently booked for Sheraton Mall of Emirates due to lack of choice. Since the cat change from 6th Mar, Grosvenor House, Le Royal Méridien and W Dubai Al Habtoor City all dropped to cat 5, could anyone recommended one for a family of 3 with a 9 yrs boy? I’m spg platinum if that helps. Thanks!

  • Scallder says:

    Slightly feel for Virgin here – damned if you do, damned if you don’t… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43043832

  • KevMc says:

    O/T I don’t recall seeing it mentioned anywhere on here, but according to LL, it looks like Club Carlson is going to be renamed ‘Radisson Rewards’ from March 5th.

    Hopefully they will revamp the program as well as release an app that actually works as it should and doesn’t look like it was designed in the 90s

  • Anna says:

    I tweeted BA earlier asking why they had cancelled my 40 minute flight from LHR to MAN while still offering seats for sale at £343 pp. Funnily enough, they haven’t replied.

    • Cate says:

      I’ve been reading your posts throughout and couldn’t imagine how someone who isn’t up to speed on these things would manage. It’s a very poor start to your well planned flight..

    • Lady London says:

      Good one Anna. Name and shame.
      It does look as though British Airways has been rather naughty doesn’t it? 🙂

  • Dwadda says:

    Q for Rob: What top tier status did you use for the Hilton Diamond match?

    • JamesB says:

      He probably used IHG spire elite, however, IHG platinum has historically been mayched to diamond too. I asked in the comments in last few days if this was still the case and feedback was yes.

  • Rich says:

    Issue for me at the Gatwick North Aspire Lounge was the poor quality wine and very restricted catering…..,