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Aspire lounge in Gatwick North 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.

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Comments

  1. For Hilton HHonors, is there any way to purchase over 80,000 miles per calendar year (excluding bonus?)

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I haven’t tried it, but points pooling should let you buy the full allowance on another account.

      • A good idea. It depends on the timing of course, but you could get 40,000 MR by applying for Amex Gold and then upgrading to Platinum giving you 80,000 HH free.

      • Good point but it requires accounts to be open for 30 days though, so if Simon needs the points quickly it is not an option unless he already has family and friends with Hilton accounts.

  2. OT but Lounge ish…

    Tried the Plaza Premium lounge today at T5 and had a rather nice full english ( well, no eggs ) and can reccomend both the grub and the lounge. Free entry with my Amex Plat.

    Far better than a BACon roll in Galleries.

    • Neither of us have made it in yet and the promised press event never happened. 7th March I should be there I think.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      I went to the BA lounge North and then left for the Plazza lounge. Much quieter and better food.

      • this might swing my choice when I am there for my seoul flight, depends if they have started taking priority pass etc by then as that will make it busier, I can get in with my plat.

    • Chelseafi says:

      I have amex Plat do I get in plaza Premium with that rather then my PP, plus can you take in a guest? Thanks

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

    • 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? 🙂

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

    • 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.

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

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