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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

Leeds Bradford airport new lounges

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 (January 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 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 all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (19)

  • Tim says:

    My understanding is that OWE/BA Golds will be able to use the middle tier? ‘Tea, ant’ a foldy chair ant’ Emmerdale luv’ OR ‘Tea, ant’ a foldy chair with a pumfee, ant’ Last o’ Summer Wine luv’ OR ‘Yorkshire tea and a bit of fizzy pop luv’ pretty much explains the tiers. 🙂

  • Tim says:

    Also, on footrests: in GF, the champagne area has lost them to be replaced them with a chair to each table. Much smarter. After a decade nearly… And the reupholstered seats two years ago. Champagne has been ‘upgraded’ too… though I suspect this is more due to supplier issues than a permanent change.

  • Andrew Steele says:

    The headline bus into the airport hype a bit. The existing LBA lounge is already effectively two parts. One is allocated for business travelers and the other for all travelers including families.

    This announcement seems to be that there will be a new more premium lounge and that process for the business only area are increasing.

    Since LBA was privatised is various owners have focused on increasing revenues from passengers. Charging to drop off outside the terminal etc. Since there are few flights with business class products most users of the lounges are paying cash. This seems to be a means to charge them more.

    In summary – one more lounge and higher fees.

    • Although the current lounge is two sections isn’t the access fee the same for each section? Now each tier has a higher price.

      • Hingeless says:

        Yes it, is currently 2 identical lounges with the same price and a single entry point. When you arrive they decide if you are allowed to go right or left . . .

        • barnaby100 says:

          Recently they have had everyone in the business section- been overcrowded with shortage of seats . I have been going to sit alone in the tourist section to get some peace and quiet.

  • Tom says:

    No entry after 6pm seems a bit silly for a lounge that’s open for another two hours. It also means if you’re on the 6.50pm BA flight you have to arrive at least an hour early or you risk being shut out of the lounge before the flight.

    • I doubt that’s really going to be the case! The last slot you can book (if a paying guest) will be 6pm, but I doubt they’ll turn away people who are eligible when the lounge is still open. Their online booking page has always said 6pm as the final time. It’s been a while since I’ve used LBA but there was no issue getting in after 6pm and I’m sure that’ll still be the case.

  • KP says:

    Im flying out of LBA today and possibly aGain on Sunday so will report back !

  • Ryan says:

    I think the OH is flying out LBA-RIX on Wednesday on FR. Will ask her to grab a few shots of the Yorkshire Lounge as she’ll have her PP / Plat.

  • Intentionally Blank says:

    You had me at Pies….

  • Nige says:

    I can’t believe they have found room for 3 lounges. I regularly go through LBA and I can’t think where they have found the space to put these lounges.
    The current lounge is usually empty at most times of day. Personally I can’t see all three lounges lasting too long