Aspire Lounges launches its new Aspire Rewards scheme – and Priority Pass / Lounge Club visits count!

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This is our review of the new Aspire Rewards loyalty scheme.

For a number of years, Aspire and Servisair airport lounges ran a loyalty scheme called LoungeMiles.  It was card based, like a coffee store loyalty scheme, and allowed you to redeem your accumulated points for free lounge visits or shopping vouchers.

The scheme hit problems in mid 2016 when the company supplying the shopping vouchers went out of business.  LoungeMiles was closed soon afterwards but with a promise that it would reappear.

Two years later ….. say hello to Aspire Rewards.

What’s changed?  Very little, at least if you get access via a lounge club card.

Aspire Rewards loyalty scheme review

The big difference is that Aspire Rewards is now app based.  I don’t think there is any opportunity to take part if you do not have a smartphone.

You need to download the Aspire Rewards app, create an account and then scan the QR code in the app each time you enter an Aspire lounge.

As far as I can see, there is no ability to drop the membership card into Apple Wallet which is frustrating, as it means you need to keep the app installed.

(EDIT:  a reader who signed up today said that until the end of the month there is a free glass of Prosecco for signing up.  You need to scan reward coupon when checking in to the lounge. )

How do you earn Aspire Rewards points?

The scheme is simplicity itself:

You earn 4 points per £1 if you book via executivelounges.com or pay on the door

You earn 50 points per lounge visit (25 points for a child) if you enter via a Priority Pass, Lounge Club or other lounge scheme card

Importantly, “multiple visitors within one transaction can be added to one loyalty account

You can only earn points at UK Aspire lounges and, importantly, the Club Aspire lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 is not participating.

How do you spend Aspire Rewards points?

There are two sorts of rewards:

500 points gets you a free lounge visit – this does NOT seem to be transferable because you redeem by scanning your phone, which is a downside from the old LoungeMiles scheme where you could pass the free visit to a friend

700 points gets you a £5 shopping voucher for:

John Lewis

Pizza Express

Debenhams

Amazon

Marks & Spencer

You are basically getting 35p per lounge visit, assuming you get in via a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card, as the only redemption worth getting if you have such a card is the shopping voucher.

It is a lot more generous if you are paying cash for your visits.  At an average of £25 per visit, you’d be getting a free pass after every five paid visits.

How does Aspire Rewards work?

Which lounges are taking part?

Here are the participating lounges, according to the app.  I have linked to our reviews:

Belfast City (Aspire) – review here 

Birmingham North (Aspire) – review here 

Birmigham South (Aspire) – review here 

Bristol (Aspire) – review here 

Bristol (Aspire Plus) – review here 

Edinburgh (Aspire) – review here 

Humberside (Aspire) – review here 

Inverness (Aspire) – review here 

London Gatwick North (Club Aspire) – review here 

London Heathrow Terminal 3 (Club Aspire) – review here 

London Luton (Aspire) – review here 

Liverpool (Aspire) – review here 

Manchester Terminal 1 (Aspire) – review here 

Manchester Terminal 2 (Aspire) – review still required if you’re visiting!

Newcastle (Aspire) – review here 

Newcastle (Aspire Plus) – review here 

We understand that a brand new Club Aspire lounge is opening in the British Airways terminal (South) at London Gatwick this Autumn.

You can find out more about Aspire’s lounges on their website here.  There is no information on Aspire Rewards on the site yet.

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Comments

  1. How many points do you get if the lounge visit is paid by the airline ?

  2. I have existing LoungeMiles Reward cards (fully stamped) for free lounge visits. Are these still being accepted?

  3. When will we know more on the amex curve tie up

  4. The article says “What’s changed? Very little.” I wouldn’t agree. What actually seems to have changed is:
    * The rate at which you earn free lounge visits has halved – previously 1 per 5 visits, now 1 per 10 visits. For me, this is probably a difference of about 6 vouchers per year.
    * It appears you can’t give these to family/friends, so if you have unlimited access via PP or similar, the they’re now effectively worthless anyway.

    • Loungerlad says:

      I said this at the start and everybody seems to have ignored me. This is definitely a major downgrade.of the scheme!

  5. Bouncingkiwi says:

    Fly mainly from Manchester.

    Been successful getting into T1 Aspire once from four attempts (PPass) in last 6months. Escape lounge to the rescue on all these occasions.

    Yes, I know t+c talk about capacity and being bumped but at this rate it will take a while to get a visit, and then I assume u will have the same issue trying to use that,lol!

  6. “You are basically getting 35p per lounge visit”

    Does that not assume that the lounge is worth £3.50 a visit or less? If you will have an unlimited PP etc forever then I guess a free lounge entrance is worth nothing, but if you don’t I’d say you’d be getting at least 3 or 4x that validation.

  7. Just trying to understand this. If I use my PP via Amex card tonight I will get myself and gf into the lounge. Can get her to download the app too and she will get points as well (and a glass of bubbly)?

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