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New Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport now open

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The new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport opened roughly on schedule this week – a remarkable feat given how often such projects are delayed.

Now that this is open the existing Aspire lounge at Gate 4 will be refurbished in the new year. Once it re-opens, Edinburgh Airport will have two Aspire lounges.

new Aspire lounge edinburgh airport

We will be reviewing the new lounge in the next few weeks.  Some early-bird readers have already sent us some photos of the space, however.  The new lounge is in what I understand is a new part of the terminal. It is near Gate 16, on an upper floor next to the new No 1 Lounge which we reviewed here.

It looks very classy:

new Aspire lounge Edinburgh airport

There appears to be an extensive range of different seating areas:

new Aspire lounge Edinburgh airport


new Aspire lounge Edinburgh airport

… although apparently the food is the same as in the existing lounge.

The lounge is already available via Priority Pass. You can see more on the lounge website here. It is open from 04:30 until 21:00.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (February 2023)

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get four 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

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.

Comments (116)

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  • Grimz says:

    OT, Does anyone know if it’s safe to move Avios into AER club via after the recent delays? I want to move some out before I book a flight but I don’t need a delay getting the Avios back into BA household account.

    • guesswho2000 says:

      No ongoing delays afaik – there was an outage, and then’s CMA website died, but you could still pull Avios from using BAEC, just couldn’t push them (that’s how I moved mine over, so first hand experience or it working).

  • ayearinmx says:

    OT: just flown the Evelop LGW-JFK replacement planes…. not a great experience. Old planes with 18 total movies and six TV series. Had the annoying (for me) foot rests where in the up position, they bash your shins and in the down position they are just too short.
    The only benefit for me was they swapped the 3-4-3 into a 2-4-2 and that meant me and a friend could get window/aisle seats as opposed to middle ones.

  • Paul Anderson says:

    Was in the new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh airport this morning. At 5am there were only 4 other people in the lounge. I doubt that will last long and it will soon get busy. Breakfast was the same as the older lounge with bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs and beans all available as the hot options. Fruit and cereals for the cold option. Both the new Aspire and the No1 lounge say they have runway views, which is technically true, but there are so many walkways and the new arrivals hall in front of the windows that the views are mostly obscured. Good comfortable seating and a much more contemporary vibe than the traditional Aspire lounges you find in airports. Good to have loos inside this Aspire lounge as well.

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