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.

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 and

new Aspire lounge Edinburgh airport

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

Thanks Allan and Jim.  We’ll do a more in-depth review soon.

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.

new Aspire lounge edinburgh 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.

Review: the American Express Rewards credit card
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Comments

  1. OT but conversion related. Is there any chance of a conversion bonus to Avios from the CoT cards? I have decent chunk accumulated. Although I am not in any urgent need to transfer, it might influence whether I decide to keep the card once it can no longer be used for direct payments to HMRC.

    • Knowing how they operate, I would be surprised (unless BA offered them an incentive and effectively funded it).

  2. Another O/T – re Holiday Inn Express at T4.

    Thanks for the review, Rob, along with the Crowne Plaza. Also thanks to commenters for advice about the TfL train from T4 to T4.

    We were surprised at how pleasant the hotel was. Really good, helpful customer service and a very quiet room on the 6th (top) floor with a better view of plane activity than from any airport lounge.

  3. OT, Does anyone know if it’s safe to move Avios into AER club via Avios.com 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 Avios.com’s CMA website died, but you could still pull Avios from Avios.com using BAEC, just couldn’t push them (that’s how I moved mine over, so first hand experience or it working).

  4. 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.

  5. 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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