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Is there a second contender for ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge in the World’?!

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Back in July, we brought you some pictures of the Priority Pass lounge at Iguazú Falls airport in Argentina.  Reader Graeme had been passing through – see his report here – and believed it was a strong contender for the title of ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge in the World’.

Here are a couple of shots of the Aeropuertos VIP Club.  You can see Graeme’s point:

iguazu falls vip lounge seating 2

andiguazu falls vip lounge seating

Let’s be honest.  Many of us have more seating at home!  Sadly the lounge has now left Priority Pass so your chance of trying it out has gone.

However, it turns out that there is a new contender for the ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge’ prize, and it is a lot nearer than Argentina.

Welcome to the Ireland West Executive Lounge in Knock!

Click on any picture to enlarge – not that there is much else to see 🙂

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Nominated by reader Paul, he reckons that capacity is around eight.

Cunningly, you can only get in by inputting a code on the door which is only available from the airport information desk landside – so if you have already cleared security, you’re stuck.  It is one way of keeping down capacity I suppose.

From the outside, it looks substantially more impressive:

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Of course, with onlya handful of departures per day on average from Knock, you’re unlikely to hit rush hour anyway.

But is any good?

“Sadly the coffee was all instant, the food selection a bit dull, and the room somewhat hot.  Given how relatively empty and relaxed Knock departures was, it didn’t add much for me than a quiet place to get on a couple of calls.”

If you can find somewhere smaller, let us know!

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

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.

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Comments

  1. Julia Cheesman says:

    Marsa Alam, Egypt (airside). 2 sofas and a help yourself bar that consists of water, coke zero, sprite and chocolate muffins! That’s all you get!!!
    Wish I could upload the photo!

  2. The Hawaii Airlines longue in Kauai is half that size and there is no attendant. Check it out.

  3. NOC has 11 departures tomorrow – which i think counts as more than a “handful” … and as another commenter points out – the departure area really does get pretty rammed … especially when the FlyBE flights get delayed !

    https://irelandwestairport.com/flight_information

  4. Knock is my home airport and I have used this lounge at least 10 times over the past 3 years. I have been the only one in the lounge on probably 8 of those occasions. The food and beverage is minimal but it is still substantially more relaxing to have a private room to yourself with couches than the main departure area.

  5. There is a similar (or maybe smaller lounge) in Juliaca airport, Peru. Anyone been there?

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