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.
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 recently as we covered here and the Edinburgh lounge has just moved to a brand new location. Fast track security is also included at Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
No1 Lounges is currently offering a special deal via Groupon for its lounges at Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
This is better value than the on-going deal with Virgin Atlantic – see here – although there are two caveats. The Virgin Atlantic offer also earns you a few miles in return, and it also lets you book the hipster My Lounges at Gatwick North and South as well as The House lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4.
The Groupon prices are:
- £22.50 – No1 Lounge at Heathrow T3
- £22.50 – No1 Lounge at Gatwick North or Gatwick South
- £20 – No1 Lounge at Birmingham
- £20 – No1 Lounge at Edinburgh
- £28 – Clubrooms at Gatwick North or South
- £28 – Clubrooms at Birmingham
For comparison, the Virgin Flying Club prices are:
- £35 – The House (Heathrow T4), includes 400 miles per booking
- £35 – Clubrooms, includes 400 miles per booking
- £25 – No1 Lounges, includes 350 miles per booking
- £15 – My Lounge, includes 200 miles per booking
In general, the Groupon deal is better. Remember that the Virgin bonus miles are per booking and not per person.
Here are our reviews of the London lounges included in the Groupon offer:
- No1 Lounge Heathrow Terminal 3
- No1 Lounge Gatwick North
- No1 Clubrooms Gatwick North
- No1 Lounge Gatwick South
- No1 Clubrooms Gatwick South
Groupon vouchers expire on 31st August. Groupon will send you a code which you need to redeem via this special page of the No1 Lounges website to confirm your booking.
You can find the Groupon page you need here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge 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.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and 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.