Aspire opens a second executive 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:
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).
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get 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.