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 No 1 Lounges.
No 1 Lounges is the largest network of premium independent lounges in the UK. We have reviewed most of them (click for the review):
- No 1 Lounge Heathrow Terminal 3
- No 1 Lounge Gatwick North
- My Lounge Gatwick North and #2
- No 1 Clubrooms Gatwick North
- No 1 Lounge Gatwick South
- No 1 Clubrooms Gatwick South
- No 1 Lounge Birmingham
- No 1 Lounge Edinburgh
- No 1 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 No 1 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 No 1 site and use code MSEGIFT2019 at check-out.
However, you might get a better deal by using code NO1GIFT on the standard No 1 Lounges booking page here. You need to test it out lounge by lounge.
Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here. You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here.
You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here. The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much. Additional visits are charged at £20 per person. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. No annual fee in Year 1. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course). The card has an annual 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.