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No 1 announces three new UK lounges – and save 20% on the £5 Priority Pass booking fee

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No 1 Lounges has announced three new UK lounges, one of which came as a surprise to me.

The first has been discussed on Head for Points already:

Heathrow Terminal 4 – The House

As we discussed here, Etihad’s lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4 has become The House.

Whilst Etihad will remain the core user, No 1 is also selling access to third parties.  We now have the details:

Entry is a whopping £50 for cash, reduced to £45 for prebooking – but you will get waiter service dining.  Given that there are two excellent independent lounges in Terminal 4 already (Plaza Premium, reviewed here and the SkyTeam lounge reviewed here) it makes sense to pitch this at the luxury market and NOT accept Priority Pass or Lounge Club.

No children under 12 are allowed unless they have Etihad status or are in an Etihad premium cabin

There is a smart casual dress code

You can book on this page of the No 1 Lounges site.

No 1 Lounges The House

Birmingham Airport – The Clubrooms (opens November)

We exclusively revealed plans for this lounge on HFP a few months ago.  It is situated near Gate 54.

Rather like The Clubrooms at Gatwick, this is a premium lounge built in the style of a modern members’ club.

A la carte dining is available and no children under 12 are allowed.  Smart casual dress is required.  Entry is £40 on the door and £35 if booked in advance, with a £10 supplement for champagne.

You can find out more about the Birmingham Airport Clubrooms here.

Birmingham Airport Clubrooms

Gatwick South – My Lounge (opens December)

This came as a surprise to me.  A few weeks ago I was told by someone who should know that Club Aspire was opening a new lounge in Gatwick South this Autumn.

Was this person confused with this lounge?  Or are we going to see a My Lounge and a Club Aspire?

My Lounge is, basically, a hipster-style lounge.  ‘Loft inspired’ is the phrase used by No 1.  Interestingly, it will have the only outside terrace at the airport.  Given that the other My Lounge is cheap, I was surprised to see that Gatwick South will cost £30 on the door or £24 booked in advance.  Children are allowed at half price.

This is our review of My Lounge in Gatwick North to get you in the mood, and a photo is below.  It will be available via Priority Pass and Lounge Club which should reduce the pressure on the main No 1 Lounge.

You can find out more about My Lounge Gatwick South on the website here.

Gatwick South My Lounge opening December

And a deal – save 20% on your prebooked lounge reservation

No 1 Lounges are now so busy, especially at Gatwick, that it is hard to get in at peak times using a lounge club card such as Priority Pass.

You might not know that No 1 allows you to GUARANTEE entry by paying a £5 reservation fee.  Whilst not ideal, you will also get Fast Track Security at Gatwick so it isn’t a bad package.

Until the end of October, you can use code RESERVE20 to save £1 on your pre-booked reservation.  The reservations page is here.

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Comments

  1. Jovanna says:

    I was in the No.1 Lounge at the North Terminal last week. The breakfast was really terrible. When I last visited in May, the lounge had moved over to a buffet breakfast and it wasn’t bad. Things had changed this time.

    The sausages were such poor quality that I couldn’t eat them. The hot plate was just a scrum of people and many of the items, such as the baked beans, hash browns were taking and age to be replenished. It was 25 minutes before the milk next to the cereals was filled.

    I left after about half an hour. It was just too busy and too noisy.

    • Lady London says:

      That’s disappointing to hear @Jovanna. I quite liked the buffet breakfast they were doing. the best lounge option at LGW does seem to be the British Airways one. Unfortunately I don’t fly OneWorld airlines out of LGW!

  2. Odd that the BHX lounge is only open until 2:30pm daily.

  3. The pre booking scam and additional payments by stealth will kill priority pass. I don’t need it as I usually fly in a premium cabin or use BA lounges. When I have used it I have a 50% success rate and would never pay for a card that is refused as much as it is accepted. Priority pass and by default amex need to concerned by this refusal rate.

    • +1

    • +1. I’ve tried to use it 3 times at MAN T3 and been turned away on two of those! They are all smiles and welcome until you get the cards out, then suddenly there’s no room because they are “expecting pre-booked parties” to arrive.

      • They are.

        Lounges are a pure marginal revenue business (like HFP). No-one will turn down revenue if they have a choice.

  4. Nearly tried The House last Friday as we were flying Etihad Business Class, but on asking if our kids – on an economy class redemption – could come in, they said yes, for £45pp, at which stage we said thank you and went upstairs to the Skyteam lounge where we could all get in on PP.

  5. Well, I used my Amex Gold lounge passes at the Grain Store last week. It was good but £30 of credit (plus £2 extra payment) wasn’t enough to fill us up.

    However if you were prepared to spend £30 to £45 you’d get more than enough food and drinks even at airport prices, and the more expensive restaurants usually have a better ambience and are less crowded than lounges… I guess The House is basically a nice restaurant in a club though

  6. Richard Miles says:

    I think Amex Plat card and its included PP Card will have a problem with lounges very soon. More and more turn you away(too busy) unless you reserve in advance for a fee. The latest “Clubhouse” type don’t even accept PP.
    This is a once valuable Amex Plat benefit that is becoming worthless.

    • Whilst Clubrooms is not in PP, it will attract some airlines to move from the main lounge which frees up space.

  7. Lady London says:

    Should the credit on a lounge pass be enough to “fill you up”?

    Quality of food in lounges is very important to me. Hence I view the quality of food British Airways provides in Gold/Silver Lounge at Heathrow, to be insulting. My hope in a lounge is to be able to eat something on the snack level only, not really a full meal. If I was that hungry I’d do what you mention @John and try to find one of the nicer restaurants to pay and eat in. then possibly move to a lounge for some peace and quiet and a coffee/drink or two and to do some work.

    I would be interested to see what, if any, action Priority Pass and Amex will take about the vastly increasing number of Priority Pass customers that are being turned away. Trouble is, what means do they have of tracking members who do get turned away?

    • DWB1873 says:

      It is possible that it’s the Amex/PP type deal that’s causing the problem.

      In a classic example of “only me should have it”, I’d argue it’s too easy get a Plat card or equivalent which comes with it. That takes them from being somewhat niche to everyone’s got one.

      If it is, then they will do nothing as effectively they win either way.

      I’m sure there was a good reason but I do scratch my head at the removal of the minimum earning levels. You have to prove income with mortgages, why did they do away with it for unsecured credit cards?

      As a side note it would be interesting to see how the relative value of the Amex plat has eroded over the last few years. From loss of partners to effectively not being able to use benefits, it makes that chunky renewal fee look increasingly questionable.

      • Lady London says:

        The trouble is Amex Plat costs even more in some other countries. i believe it’s something ridiculous like $1500 in Australia?

        Amex must be doing some hard thinking about what they can continue to offer for the future now that their charges to retailers are capped at much lower levels than they were able to previously obtain.

      • Some US cards have unlimited guests. We got a big group into the Palma lounge on Wed with one of these.

        We only stayed 10 minutes. Chase gets a bill for $200+. Not sure who wins here.

  8. Does the opening of the new My Lounge mean there will now be somewhere for us dirty smokers to puff away airside in LGW south?

  9. Terry S says:

    Just tried to use RESERVE20 and won’t work for me as it says ‘The applied promo code has expired, or is out of the valid time window (flight date between 19/10/2018 18:15 and 01/01/2019 00:00)’

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