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No1 Lounges increases its reservation fee for Priority Pass airport lounge card holders

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No1 Lounges has increased its reservation fee from £5 to £6.

There is, however, still an option for getting it for £5 as I will show you.

The majority of No1 Lounges locations, which include My Lounge and Clubrooms, are part of lounge card schemes such as Priority Pass (currently 10% off), Lounge Club, DragonPass and LoungeKey.

(Our main Priority Pass review is here if you don’t know anything about it.)

The problem is that No1 Lounges are a victim of their own success.  At peak times, especially at London Gatwick, is has become very difficult to get in as a ‘walk up’ guest.  A lot of airlines have taken to using No1 for their premium passengers, which means that the space available for lounge card scheme guests is reduced.

To get around this problem, No1 Lounges allows you to reserve a slot.  This guarantees that you will get entry on the day.

The fee for this is now £6.  To be fair to No1, your £6 also gets you Fast Track Security at Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh which makes it better value.

Whether it is worth paying £6 is up to you.  People who have paid cash for a Priority Pass are understandably aggrieved to be asked for extra money.  People who receive a Priority Pass card via American Express Platinum or a Lounge Club card via Amex Gold (2 free passes) may see it differently.

I am assuming that overcrowding at Gatwick South has dropped sharply since the new Club Aspire lounge (review here) opened last year, and promptly won our ‘Best Independent Airport Lounge 2019’ award.  You can also still claim £15 credit at The Grain Store cafe.

Gatwick North also has other Priority Pass options (Aspire, My Lounge) and does Heathrow Terminal 3 (Club Aspire).

You can reserve No1 Lounge access for £6 via their website here.

However …. if you have a Priority Pass, you can still reserve for just £5 via this page of the No1 website.  I’m not sure how long it will remain at £5 via this link, however.

No 1 Lounges raises reservation fee

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.

Comments (84)

  • Ant says:

    Hi, is it possible to hold both the Gold and the Green card? I already have the Gold card but want to get the Green one to upgrade to Platinum.

  • Nori says:

    Gatwick – Premium Security Lane. Confused whether it’s included with the No1 Lounge booking. T&Cs state otherwise:
    “ Access to the premium security lane at Gatwick Airport is complimentary with advance lounge bookings for Clubrooms at Gatwick… Premium Security lane access is not included in No1 Lounge bookings or My Lounge bookings. It can be purchased for an additional £5 for No1 or My Lounge bookings.“

    • TGLoyalty says:

      T&C’s seem pretty clear It’s included with clubrooms Lounge bookings it’s extra if it’s one of the other no.1 brands.

      Across all airports. Gatwick £5 and BHX/EDi – £2

  • TP says:

    OT – Has anyone tried paying for fuel at Morrison’s with one of their plastic gift cards in the last 1-2 days?

    I filled up at my local on Monday and then tried again today – Same member of staff but not possible today.

    • Andy says:

      Did they not know how to use a plastic gift card? Most staff don’t know how to use them. They need to push the “morrisons gift card” button on their screen, then scan it. None have been trained to accept them

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Considering it’s a member of staff that took it a few days back lack of training wouldn’t explain it.

        Though some people have a habit of making up their own rules.

        • Andy says:

          Indeed…I tried a couple of days ago and had no issues although member of staff had never seen one before

  • Dan says:

    Overcrowding in Gatwick South has definitely not been eradicated. At times, you will still get refused from both Club Aspire and No1 and this is during off peak periods. The true test will be this summer when Gatwick gets a lot busier. Club Aspire was opened in Autumn last year so this will be the first summer the lounge will see.

  • Roger says:

    Currently at Heathrow – System issues with complete chaos at T5.
    computer system does not work so manual boarding pass check.

  • Benilyn says:

    OT: VA free credit card statement came through, points capped at 0.75pts * credit limit. Bit annoyed as I never got an email / letter about points getting capped…
    I guess it is what it is…

    • Dan says:

      If you’ve been following HfP you would have seen Rob’s on this…

      • Benilyn says:

        I have seen this, I was just holding a small hope given I didn’t get the email or letter I may have been excluded…

        • Lady London says:

          It’s a significant negative change to your ts and c’s so if you’re comfortable putting your head above the parapet go for it, ask them innocently why then when they explain be adamant you weren’t notified and the required.notice period should apply

          Onus is on them to prove you received notice not on you to prove you didn’t.

    • bob says:

      I guess it depends how much you are missing and how much you put through Revoult?