New No 1 lounge at Luton only accepting DragonPass

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No 1 Lounges has revealed more information on its new Luton lounge.

We recently ran an article on the top new UK airport lounge openings planned for H2 2019.  One of those was the new Clubrooms lounge at Luton.

This is an odd one.  Luton has one lounge, the recently refurbished Aspire which we reviewed here.  It is decent but frequently overcrowded.

It was therefore good news when No 1 Lounges decided to invest in Luton.  What no-one quite understands, however, is why it has gone for its premium Clubrooms format, with table service and a la carte dining.

No 1 is now taking bookings from 1st July for the new Luton Clubrooms.

For bookings by 23rd June, for visits until the year end, you can save 33% (£24, down from £36) by using code LUTON24You need to book via this page here.

Got a lounge club card?  You’re out of luck – with one exception.

Only holders of DragonPass – which is mainly NatWest Black cardholders – can pay £15 to reserve a spot in Clubrooms.  This option is not available to Priority Pass, Lounge Club or LoungeKey customers.  You can reserve your spot here.

I would be very surprised if DragonPass cardholders were allowed free entry in Luton on a walk-up basis, given the £15 reservation fee.  I would imagine a top-up payment will be required.

Note that no children under 5 are allowed, and parents with children over 5 may be seated together and kept away from other guests (read the T&Cs!).

We will pop along and take a look in early July to let you know if it is worth the money or not!

Clubrooms lounge Luton Airport opening

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.)

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Comments

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    @Alan – we were discussing Morrisons Amex credit (non appearance thereof)

    sometimes you don’t actually get to see the credit appear until the PDF statement is produced! I follow my transactions online fairly carefully and always look to see £5 Shop Small credits pop up etc to make sure I got it.

    just disputed 2 statement credits I hadn’t received – because they never popped up in my online transactions dashboard/ monitor

    to find that they had been credited but only visible in the PDF statements

    could be the case with Morrisons SC

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