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.
(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.
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:
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.
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.
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.