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Aspire opens a second lounge at Birmingham Airport

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You might recall our review last year of the Aspire lounge at Birmingham Airport which a reader had sent us.  He liked the lounge but mentioned that it can get very busy and messy.  To tackle this issue Aspire has just opened a second lounge at Birmingham Airport: The Aspire Lounge Birmingham South, located by Gate 1.

We found a few pictures on Aspire’s Twitter feed:

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Looking at the pictures the lounge is bright, has very nice wooden flooring and a good amount of seating. If anyone happens to be at the lounge in the near future, we’d love to get a proper review to add to our UK airport lounge reviews collection (click here).

Opening hours are listed as 04:30 – 18:00 daily.

You can access the Aspire Lounge Birmingham South for free with a Priority Pass (which comes free with American Express Platinum, or you can buy one separately) or Lounge Club (two passes free with the free American Express Preferred Reward Gold).  Alternatively, you can pre-book for cash via the Aspire website (£25).

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Comments

  1. AspirationalFlyer says:

    After a recent BA flight delay I ended up spending several hours in the Birmingham Aspire Lounge. Very friendly staff and a generally good experience. Look forward to trying this in the next year or so. I wonder if you have BA status or are travelling in Club Europe you would have access to both or if they’d specify?

  2. There is also a No1 Clubrooms being built at Birmingham. Due to open in October.

    • Thanks. Perhaps this will be for the airlines with a business cabin, given that Priority Pass excludes Clubrooms.

  3. I flying with BA this Saturday from Birmingham in Euro traveller but I have silver status – will I get access to this lounge ?

  4. OT flying from Budapest in a couple pf weeks time and wondered which of the oneworld alliance lounges were worth using. Any information greatly received, thanks.

  5. Chris L says:

    I was at BHX last week and spotted this too late to try it out annoyingly. I think it’s on the site of the former Flybe lounge. It’s in the area used by Flybe and Ryanair which is slightly separate from the rest of the terminal so a good option if flying with them. For all other airlines the No 1 is probably a better option.

  6. Phil Huff says:

    I’ll be there early morning on the 12th, if nobody else has covered it by then.

    • Thanks Phil. If you can do use a few pics and 3-4 paragraphs we’ll make it worth your while!

  7. I’m flying Club Europe with my family from BHX this weekend.

    Any suggestions on which lounge we can/should use?

    Thanks,
    Rob

    • Chris L says:

      I think the official BA lounge is Aspire – it’s nothing special. The older of the two Aspire lounges would be closer to your gate as the new one is in the ‘Gates 1-20′ area which is only used by Ryanair and Flybe. It’s probably less than 5 minutes’ walk between the two though. No 1 is a pleasant lounge – I was there last week – but I’m not sure that you’d get free access. It’s used by Qatar Airways for their flights, but I’m not sure if that means you can use it as a BA passenger.

  8. Bigglesgirl says:

    I’ll be there on 24th Sept so will have a look as we’re flying with Flybe

  9. I used it last week, the staff in the original lounge actually directed me there when they saw my FlyBe boarding card.

    As somebody else has said, it is the former FlyBe lounge and is far more convenient if you’re flying with FlyBe or Ryanair – you can stay there until the last minute. I was gutted when the, admittedly extremely worn, FlyBe facility closed a few years ago, so happy to see this opening.

    In terms of comparison to the other Aspire lounge, it’s much more spacious. The main difference in terms of F&B offering is that alcoholic drinks are served from a bar, rather than free-pour. That didn’t really work when I was there, the two staff on duty largely hid in the kitchen – I waited so long at the desk in entry that I gave up and just took a seat, another twenty minutes passed before anyone appeared to take my Priority Pass card.

    • Does anyone remember when the bhx Flybe lounge was situated in the old BA Galleries lounge, just after BA’s operations at the airport were taken over by Flybe (the area was eventually subsumed by the expanded securty area when they reconfigured the airport as one terminal). They’d kept the nice BA furniture, and of course it had its own toilet facilities. I remember it being a lovely space, but the limited Flybe refreshment offerings looked a bit out of place amongst all the fancy decor!

  10. Off topic, but I noticed today that you can book the Heathrow lounges (including Plaza T5) on the Heathrow website -> https://secure.heathrow.com . Not an amazing deal, same as loungebuddy currently, probably still best to go for Dragonpass. But you can collect Heathrow Reward points…

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