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 LUTON24. You 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.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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.