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Leeds Bradford to open THREE new airport lounges – Yorkshire, White Rose and 1432 Runway

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Leeds Bradford International Airport is to open not one, not two but three new airport lounges this week.

Full details on the airport website here.

Regular HfP readers will know that Manchester Airport has been slowly building up its in-house lounge capacity.  Instead of letting in third parties groups such as No 1 or Aspire, it has created its own brand, Escape.  It also opened a luxury lounge, 1903, in Terminal 3 last year which I reviewed here.

Leeds Bradford has presumably decided that anything Manchester can do, it can do better.  But has it bitten off more than it can chew?  We have already seen British Airways reduce its services to the airport in recent months and that was probably the most premium carrier it had.

Leeds Bradford Airport Lounges

This is what will open on Wednesday:

The Yorkshire Lounge

  • Treat yourself to our leisure lounge
  • Sit back and enjoy the runway view
  • Delicious snack menu
  • Open bar serving soft drinks, wine, beers and spirits
  • Selection of speciality teas, Yorkshire Tea and Fair Trade coffee
  • Relax and unwind with newspapers and magazines

The White Rose Suite

  • A relaxing retreat for business and leisure
  • Enjoy the excellent runway view
  • Barista coffee made to order, selection of speciality teas and Yorkshire Tea
  • Freshly prepared buffet food
  • Open bar serving wines, local craft beers and premium spirits
  • Relax and unwind with newspapers and magazines
  • Dedicated washroom

The 1432 Runway Club

  • A first-class lounge experience
  • Admire superb runway views
  • Made to order hot food menu including local speciality pies and cheese boards
  • Premium drinks range including Prosecco, quality wines, spirits and local craft beer
  • Selection of Fair Trade coffees, speciality teas and Yorkshire Tea
  • Relax and unwind with newspapers, magazines and television
  • Dedicated washroom

Pricing appears aggressive, especially as none of them seem to offer champagne:

The Yorkshire Lounge – £24.95 adults, £15.95 children (3-11)

The White Rose Suite – £29.95 adults, £21.95 children (3-11)

The 1432 Runway Club – £34.95 adults, £27.95 children (3-11)

Priority Pass and Lounge Club guests can use The White Rose Suite, which is interesting as I would have assumed they would have sent people to the cheapest option.

The lounges accept incoming guest from 5am to 6pm.  There is no entry after 6pm and the lounges close at 8pm.

Full details are on the Leeds Bradford website here.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2021)

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 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 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 (19)

  • Tim W says:

    OT – the lounge at Norwich is closed for most of this month. And they have dropped Priority Pass 🙁

  • KyleA says:

    I flew from LBA to LHR BA, the Yorkshire Lounge looked like hell on earth. Full of kids and very cramped in like a goldfish bowl. Hopefully, the others offer a better product.

  • Alex W says:

    “British Airways… was probably the most premium carrier it had”
    Oh dear, doesn’t say much for LBA! Scraping the barrel!

  • Peter says:

    Thinking about it wonder if LBA would permit priority pass/lounge club holders to pay the advertised rate difference over white rose (£5) to access 1432 Runway Club?

  • Rob says:

    Yes it has. A reader has sent me a few pictures, was not hugely impressed.

  • Chris Sutcliffe says:

    Used the new lounge before the Sunday morning flight. My phone decided the SD card was unreadable so no photo I’m afraid.

    Space is too small and with very limited charging points. Manned bar now. There is a staffed barista machine as well as a regular coffee machine now.

    I arrived about an hour before departure and ended up perched on a high table.

    The positive was a brilliant view.

    Overhead staff saying feedback was mixed (at best) with some customers saying the old space was better.

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