Last week the new My Lounge in London Gatwick’s South Terminal opened.
Some HFP readers were being turned away with Priority Pass and Lounge Club cards despite the website clearly saying that these are accepted. The website has now been clarified, and states that the only card accepted for access is DragonPass.
I get a feeling that this is due to the imminent opening of the new Club Aspire lounge in Gatwick South. Club Aspire lounges are 50% owned by the group behind Priority Pass and it seems that they are keen to boost revenue by restricting Priority Pass use at other lounges.
The same thing has happened at Heathrow Terminal 5, where there is a Club Aspire lounge and where the Plaza Premium lounge is also not part of Priority Pass or Lounge Club.
It is not all bad news for Priority Pass and Lounge Club cardholders. Norwegian has announced that it will be using My Lounge for its Premium customers at Gatwick, which will take some pressure off the existing No 1 Lounge – which is accessible with Priority Pass and Lounge Club – which Norwegian had been using.
Details of My Lounge Gatwick South are on the No 1 Lounges site here.
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.