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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 for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 2020)

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 Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club lounge – see the list here

The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list.  Additional visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  There is no annual fee 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 HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to almost all of them – indexed here.

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…..,