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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:

new aspire lounge birmingham


new aspire lounge birmingham


new aspire lounge birmingham


new aspire lounge birmingham


new aspire lounge birmingham

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).

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 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

60,000 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 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  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 (13)

  • Alex says:

    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!

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