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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.

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 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:

The Platinum Card from American Express

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

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.

(Want to earn more miles and points from credit cards?  Click here to visit our dedicated airline and hotel travel credit cards page or use the ‘Credit Cards Update’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)