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Earn Heathrow Rewards points with Aspire airport lounges

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Heathrow Rewards has extended its partnership with Club Aspire.

Heathrow Rewards gives you 1 point for every £1 spent in Heathrow (1 per £10 on foreign exchange) or on Heathrow Express tickets (online bookings only). Once you’ve earned 250 points you can exchange them for miles or shopping vouchers.  If you’re not a member of the scheme yet, you can find out how Heathrow Rewards works in this article.

The Club Aspire lounges in Heathrow Terminal 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5 are now offering Heathrow Rewards points on ‘pay on the door’ visits as opposed to using a Priority Pass or similar card.

Our review of the Club Aspire lounge at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 is here.

Until 1st July, you will earn double Heathrow Rewards points.

To be honest, the Club Aspire lounge in Terminal 5 is pretty poor.  If you are paying, you are better off at the Plaza Premium ‘pay to use’ lounge instead.  The Terminal 3 lounge is decent – see our Club Aspire Terminal 3 review here.

If you’re not paying cash, note that Plaza Premium is NOT in Priority Pass or Lounge Club, but it is in DragonPass.  You can also get in by showing an American Express Platinum card.

Advance bookings for the two Club Aspire lounges will also earn Heathrow Rewards points, and have done for some time – you can book here.  Show your Heathrow Rewards card on entry to receive your points.

Terminal 3 visitors can ‘double dip’ and get Aspire Rewards credit too (see our article on Aspire Rewards here).  The Terminal 5 lounge does not participate in Aspire Rewards.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list 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

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

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.

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