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Lounge bits: lengthy Luton and Edinburgh Aspire closures, whilst Plaza Premium opens in Dubai

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News in brief:

Aspire lounge at Luton Airport to close for refurbishment

It doesn’t seem that long ago since it last had a makeover, but the Aspire Lounge at Luton Airport is to close for facelift.

If you want to see what it is currently like, our last review of Aspire Luton is here.

Looking at the booking calender on the Executive Lounges website, the lounge will be closed from Sunday 26th January to Thursday 12th March inclusive.

The high quality Clubrooms lounge (I reviewed the Luton Clubrooms lounge here) will remain available for Priority Pass and Lounge Club cardholders but there is a supplementary charge of £10.  No children under 5 are admitted.

Aspire lounge at Luton Airport closing for refurbishment

….. as is the Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport

With the brand new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport, by Gate 16, now up and running, the company is planning a full refurbishment of the original lounge.  This is the site down by Gate 5.

The closure is planned for 1st March to 14th April.

This shouldn’t provide too much inconvenience for lounge card holders, except at peak times, as you can still choose from the brand new Aspire lounge which we reviewed here as well as the new No 1 Lounge which we reviewed here.  We need to hope that the planned soft refurbishment of the British Airways lounge does not happen at the same time.

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai

Plaza Premium opens in the Emirates terminal at Dubai

Meanwhile, for anyone with a flight on Emirates in the diary, Plaza Premium has opened a new lounge in Terminal 3 (Concourse A) of Dubai International Airport.

This is the first Plaza Premium lounge in the airport.

It is a whopping 1,260 square metres and, as you can see from the image above, looks very spacious.  Interestingly, there are ‘private 10 sq m suites’ with butler service available for family groups for an additional fee, plus a playroom.

The lounge costs a reassuringly expensive Dhs 199 (£41) on the door.  Luckily, you can also get access via a Priority Pass (buy one here, or free with Amex Platinum) or Lounge Club (two free passes with the ‘free for a year’ Amex Gold credit card).

You can also book in advance via this page of the Plaza Premium website here.

PS.  If you are on Dubai Concourse D in Terminal 1, which British Airways uses, there is a spectacular lounge deal available.  DragonPass – but not Priority Pass – gets you into the Ahlan First Class Lounge, used by various airlines for their First Class passengers.  Food and drink is, as you would expect, suitably first class as we covered here.

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Comments

  1. Sapiens says:

    FYI The good Doha priority pass lounge has been replaced by a FAR smaller and worse lounge with a considerably diminished food and drink offering. Almost standing room only and little food.

    Unfortunate, given how bad Qatar’s OWS status lounge is

    • TGLoyalty says:

      A decent airport ruined by its lounges.

      All of them are poor including the downgrading of their proper J and F lounges.

  2. Yorkieflyer says:

    Another Priority Pass update is that showers are now chargeable in the plaza premium LHR arrival lounges

    • What? Since when?

      • This is correct.

        • Does this also apply to if you enter with an Amex Platinum Card as opposed to the Priority Pass.

          • Youllnever says:

            Or other cards like the Cathay Pacific Elite card?

          • Dunno. It could be different, I agree.

          • Youllnever says:

            Just had a look at Priority Pass’ lounge list and it now seems to say that shower facilities are subject to payment in all PP and Aspire lounges in LHR.

          • Lady London says:

            Are we talking £15 or so extra now? Haven’t used them but was nice to know the opportunity was there as an inclusion.

          • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

            Was free last summer at PP T3 using Amex Plat

          • yorkieflyer says:

            Re using a Plat to gain access, according to the Amex website “Card Members and his or her guests will receive all of the complimentary benefits and amenities afforded to the Plaza Premium Lounge customers, as well as access to purchase non-complimentary items. Some product features may be subject to additional charges. ” So that’s clear then….maybe.

  3. Can you book Clubrooms at Luton ahead of time? Flying during aspire closure and don’t want to be stuck in that terminal!

  4. Do you need to prepay these 10 pounds in advance for Clubroom Luton for Lounge Club holder or can just pay at entrance ?
    Going to test it in 10 day

    • I would pre-pay if I were you, if you definitely want to use it. Otherwise they might turn you away if it’s full.

  5. Lounge Related Question.

    Any tips for buying lounge access at LHR T2 (for someone else) departing tomorrow? Just book direct through Plaza Premium website, which is quoting £41,or is there a ‘hack’ / Promo I’m missing?

  6. Kathy Hallam says:

    My son and his girlfriend have a booking for 27th January. We were not informed of closure 26th. What are they supposed to do? I bought them these tickets in good faith !

    • You might get lucky – I reckon Aspire will send you to Clubrooms and you won’t be asked to pay any extra.

  7. BSI1978 says:

    Anyone know of any deals/discounts for Clubrooms at Luton? £24 seems a tad toppy based on Robs review….

  8. Lounge Question… I have the HSBC Premier WE lounge key and want to use the £15 credit for the grain store. With lounge visits complementary, is there anything stopping me from going there have a meal that is just under £15 paying for it, then order some drinks just under £15 paying for it and then order some snacks just under £15 and paying for it. Will I be charged or is this all included in the complementary visits through the membership?

    TIA

    • TGLoyalty says:

      The only thing stopping you would be the person serving you at the till, if they remember you ofcourse.

    • You can order the drinks, meals etc. They will divide up into 15 parts in the bill, and have you sign just one of them. And if by any chance you get charged the extra 15, hsbc will refund it ASAP. Then move to the counter and order a nice smoothie, coffee to go, piece of cake, comes to just under 15 also…

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