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The new Club Aspire airport lounge is now open in London Gatwick’s North Terminal

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The Aspire Lounge in Gatwick’s North (easyJet) terminal has now reopened following a refurbishment.  It is now a Club Aspire lounge.

For those who care about the business side of things, ownership is now split between Swissport (which owns the Aspire brand) and Collinson Latitude, which owns Priority Pass and is moving into direct lounge ownership.

The good news is that free prosecco is being served for the first two months!

We will be reviewing the lounge in a couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for that.

Access is via Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum or buy one here), Lounge Club (two free passes with the free Amex Gold) or Mastercard World Elite’s LoungeKey.  You can also pre-book entry via the Aspire website here for £24.99.  Walk-up entry is £28.


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 (110)

  • james says:

    OT- I’m flying LHR-JFK with BA, then after a few days JFK-CUN with AA , then CUN-LGW-LHR-MAN again all with BA.

    I have AMEX Gold with 2 long passes, any idea which of the airports lounges above would be best to use the 2 lounge passes?

  • Darren says:

    OT, I referred a friend for SPG from Platinum last week, how long would it take for them to be accepted? They got the normal “we will get back to you” online response but have not had a letter or email yet.

    Thanks

  • No Ads for me says:

    o/t Is it just me or is anyone else seeing the HFP page fail to load completely (just left with blank page) if an ad blocker is turned on? (safari on mac)

    Turn the ad blocker off and the page loads.

    • the real harry1 says:

      Haven’t you basically solved your little conundrum already? 🙂

      • No Ads for me says:

        No, as I refuse to have ad’s forced on me. If this is an attempt to block those making a free choice to avoid ad’s, it’s a really bad choice.

    • Rob says:

      That shouldn’t happen. We have set up a banner at the top which tells you that some articles will not render properly if you have an adblocker (which is true, as you have seen from the many moans on here in recent weeks). You can dismiss the banner and it will not return. It should not stop the page loading and you are welcome to keep reading regardless.

      Not a single other person has reported this happening today and we have done – at 7pm – 14,000 page views today via Safari.

      The % using Safari is also unchanged – 39% today vs 40% yesterday before the banner went up. Our Safari for the last month is 38% so we’re actually above trend today.

  • No Ads for me says:

    Only seems to be in Safari. Chrome has the little red banner pop up (easily closed) but loads without ad’s

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T Xmas Saver – turning water into wine – so today I headed to a bigger T and they happily turned my Xmas Saver TD purchase back into points, enough nearly to fly 4 of us out RHS one way @ peak ie 30K Avios. Not bad at about £25/ ticket (+ the £17.50 fee on top). I make it 0.33p/ Avios.

    This bigger T had an automated system that could see via transaction ID that I paid in points so refunded me in points, there was no phoning up or other contact with TD apart from the jock on the service desk processing the refund. My forward XS strategy might be to use only the bigger Ts, because the smaller Ts don’t have the system to see if you paid in points/coupons or cash (or mix) so it might be more difficult to get a refund in points. Going to try with a small store TV or something like that come November.

    • Genghis says:

      Surely you’re buying at 1/2.4p = 0.42p? Not fancy keeping this deal to yourself? I wouldn’t be publicising such a great scheme.

      • the real harry1 says:

        0.42p it is 🙂 always check the math when Harry’s in town lol

        I’ve always been far too sharing, guilty m’lud – but with the demise of TD, most others won’t be bothered to try their luck I’m sure.

        • Genghis says:

          I’m sure many will be come the time if you can buy £1 of Uber Credit for 33p say. More difficult of course without TD but I’ll just buy stuff from larger Tescos

        • the real harry1 says:

          If you can order non-food item online (whether thru Gr or TD lite), you’ll have an order ID same as now, so if you decide you don’t want the item, that is as good as your receipt to get a refund. A bigger T should be able to refund you onto the payment method/s you used.

      • lev441 says:

        Sharing is caring Genghis! 😉

        @TRH1 – When did you make the purchase? Must have been in the last 30 days otherwise they wouldn’t have given you a refund? Also – I know the TD refund process worked on a different system than the store system so this may not work again!

        • the real harry1 says:

          that’s what we need to test come XS 2018 (November onwards)

          same principle should apply in theory

          jock on the till said T is still going to have online ordering of non-food items, limited range, maybe some kind of TD lite?

      • BJ says:

        There is a huge peach at Tesco that has never been publicised here or elsewhere as far as I can tell. I did share it with somebody but they have never mentionec it either.

        • the real harry1 says:

          you okra tell us about that one 🙂

        • BJ says:

          If anybody has all the tesco tools and know-how at their disposal to figure it out then it is you Harry. However, I just found out by accident. Your comments today were lukewarm in some respect!

    • Jimbob says:

      Sorry for the newb question – but can’t you directly turn Xmas saver vouchers into Avios?

  • Allan says:

    Got the MBNA letter today for my Miles & More card, converting to a horizon one. Any ideas on how this will affect miles expiry – will the 36 month ago flights drop off instantly? Need to spend those miles otherwise.

  • A Pinate says:

    OT: Resort Fees payable on IHG Rewards nights?
    Hi everyone, looked online but could not find anything recent on this topic.
    I’m planning a rewards stay in New York – Crowne Plaza TImes Square, which does have a resort fee – but I wanted to check if people know if they are waived for IHG Rewards Members / Reward Nights?
    I’m a Spire Elite member if that makes any difference…