There is some good news for anyone who has to use Luton Airport on a regular basis. No1 Lounges is opening one of its superior Clubrooms lounges in July.
Clubrooms are positioned above the standard No1 Lounges, with table service and a ban on children under 12. They are used primarily by airlines for their business class passengers – which does allow some children to get in – although it is possible to pay for entry too.
The bad new is that Clubrooms are never available via Priority Pass or any other lounge club card. At Gatwick you are allowed to pay a supplement to use Clubrooms instead of using the main No1 Lounge for free, but I don’t know if this will be possible if there isn’t a No1 Lounge in the first place.
The existing Aspire lounge, which we reviewed here and which has been fully refurbished in the last couple of years, will remain.
You can find out more on the Luton page of the No1 Lounges website.
PS. My attempt to review the new No1 Lounge in Edinburgh on Sunday, at the super-peak time of, erm, 2pm, was thwarted by ‘sorry we’re full’. If anyone is passing through Edinburgh and would like to do a review for us, please let me know. Assuming you have a Priority Pass, we’ll pay the £5 reservation fee to guarantee you get in.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2022)
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 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.