This is our review of the Aspire lounge at Humberside Airport.
A few weeks ago we started another round of UK airport reviews and mentioned the fact that we would probably never get to Humberside. Well, it turned out that reader Jason was planning a trip to the Aspire lounge at Humberside Airport at the time, so he took a couple of pictures and wrote up a review for us.
Over to Jason:
“Humberside Airport is a small airport with three KLM flights per day to Amsterdam along with an (almost daily) flight to Aberdeen by Eastern Airways. There are also various charter flights.
Having recently upgraded to the American Express Platinum card, I decided to take advantage of the Priority Pass lounge benefit included with the card and visit the Aspire lounge at Humberside Airport.
The Aspire lounge opens at 5am and is in general only open to correspond with the departing KLM flights.
To get to the lounge, turn right after security and walk along the corridor. The Aspire lounge will be visible immediately.
The lounge is basically just one room with quite a lot of modern comfortable arm chairs and tables and a counter for food and drinks.
I particularly like the four chairs near the window as you can see the plane, the luggage being loaded and the pilots and crew walking towards the aircraft.
I regularly use the airport and take the 6am flight to connect in Amsterdam to various destinations. This is why I’ve only ever visited the lounge for breakfast, where they offer warm bacon sandwiches, cereals, biscuits, coffee and juices.
Also on offer are various alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, none of which I have tried, and I presume they also change the food offering for the afternoon flights.
Magazines, newspapers and wifi are all freely available and the one staff member on duty is usually very friendly.
Whilst I was there there were only four or five other people in the lounge. It’s a very comfortable and quite space to relax before your flight.
In conclusion, it’s a very convenient and useful perk of my American Express Platinum card, but I would never pay £18.99, the price they offer on their web site, due to the short time you need to be there before your flight. Humberside Airport is such a small airport and the facilities and offerings inside the Aspire lunge just don’t justify paying for it outright.
However, it’s a very pleasant and quiet lounge to relax for an hour before your flight, so I’m glad it’s included with my Platinum card.”
It is also part of Lounge Club, and you get two Lounge Club passes for free with the free American Express Preferred Reward Gold credit card – plus 20,000 Avios if you convert your sign-up bonus! Alternatively, although Jason is not convinced it offers value for money, you can pre-book for cash via the Aspire website (£18.99).
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:
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.
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 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.