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Review of the Aspire Lounge at Humberside Airport

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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.

All of our UK airport lounge reviews can be found here.

Over to Jason:

Aspire lounge Humberside

“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.

Aspire lounge Humberside Airport review

To get to the lounge, turn right after security and walk along the corridor. The Aspire lounge will be visible immediately.

Aspire lounge Humberside Airport review

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.

Aspire lounge Humberside review

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.

Aspire lounge Humberside

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.

Aspire lounge Humberside

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.

Aspire lounge Humberside Airport review

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.”

Thanks Jason.  You can access the Aspire lounge at Humberside Airport for free, as Jason does, with a Priority Pass (which comes free with American Express Platinum, or you can buy one separately).

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).


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.

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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 (8)

  • Jovanna says:

    Didn’t BA (Sun-Air) start flying from Humberside to Denmark a couple of years ago?

  • Chris Palmer says:

    “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.” … Ha, oh dear.

    • Julian says:

      Not the Chris Palmer, who is son of Doug and Ann and has two sisters I don’t suppose?

      The phrase Casa Torro would also mean something to that Chris Palmer.

  • Julian says:

    So what is the specific Dutch connection with Humberside then given that you would have thought there would be a better market for flights to Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Berlin Rome or Milan?

    Also range doesn’t seem to be an issue within Europe given a runway length of 7.205 feet (see http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/uk-airports/humberside-airport/ ) so I suspect passenger volumes per flight are the main limiting factor compared to other near by larger city airports.

    • Rob says:

      It’s the KLM strategy. They fly to Amsterdam from virtually every UK airport – see https://headforpoints.com/2017/10/13/where-does-klm-fly-in-the-uk/. Amsterdam is ‘one terminal’ so connecting is easy. Many, many people outside the M25 prefer this for long-haul trips vs connecting via Heathrow, especially as they are likely to live nearer an airport with KLM connections vs BA.

      • Julian says:

        So the strategy is reliant on the ease of connecting flights to other major airlines long or short haul at Amsterdam then I presume? But are you really saying that includes KLM flying to for instance Exeter, Cardiff, Southend or Coventry? Not to mention Inverness, Aberdeen, Stornoway, Benbecula, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Prestwick, Norwich, Oxford (which claims to be a commercial airport but has almost no commercial flights) or Newquay Cornwall???

        I will let you off on Barra or WIck due to the small size and/or non conventional nature of the aircraft providing commercial flights to those airports.

        • Julian says:

          Surprised to see from headforpoints.com/2017/10/13/where-does-klm-fly-in-the-uk/ that KLM do fly to Cardiff, Exeter, Norwich and Newquay out of the ones I listed above. However the significant and growing one they also don’t bother flying to (served by Ryanair) is Bournemouth. Also Southend seems a surprising omission given the serious nature of Stobart’s facility there, plans for further major future growth and the other obscure short hop European operators (eg Germania) already flying there or at least who have flown there.