If you don’t have airport lounge access via your flight ticket, your elite status, via a Priority Pass card from American Express Platinum or via a Lounge Club card from American Express Gold, your best fall-back option is usually No1 Lounges.
No1 Lounges is the largest network of premium independent lounges in the UK. We have reviewed most of them (click for the review):
- No1 Lounge Heathrow Terminal 3
- No1 Lounge Gatwick North
- My Lounge Gatwick North and #2
- No1 Clubrooms Gatwick North
- No1 Lounge Gatwick South
- No1 Clubrooms Gatwick South
- No1 Lounge Birmingham
- No1 Lounge Edinburgh
- No1 Clubrooms Birmingham
- The House Heathrow Terminal 4
All lounges include free hot food, free drinks (some premium food and drinks carries an extra charge), free newspapers and magazines and free wi-fi. A new second site at Birmingham opened this week as we covered here.
moneysavingexpert.com is running an exclusive discount code for No1 Lounges as you may have seen in their weekly newsletter. Here is the pricing, which will vary based on the date and time you want to visit:
- Birmingham – £16.80 – £22.40 (was £28) PLUS free fast-track security
- Birmingham Clubrooms – £21 – £28 (was £35) PLUS free fast-track security
- Edinburgh – £15.60 – £20.80 (was £26) PLUS free fast-track security
- Gatwick North and South – £14.40 – £32 (was £24 – 40) depending on lounge PLUS free fast-track security
- Heathrow Terminal 3 – £19.20 – £25.60 (was £32)
- Heathrow Terminal 4 – £27 – £36 (was £45)
This offer must be booked by midnight on 9th December, for lounge visits up to 31st December.
You must book via this special page of the No1 site and use code MSEGIFT2019 at check-out.
However, you might get a better deal by using code NO1GIFT on the standard No1 Lounges booking page here. You need to test it out lounge by lounge.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit 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.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get 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.