Leeds Bradford Airport has its own idiosyncratic approach to airport lounges. Leeds Bradford is, after all, a relatively small airport with a relatively small amount of premium traffic. Despite this, the airport decided to open THREE airport lounges back in 2018.
They are The Yorkshire Lounge, The White Rose Lounge and The 1432 Runway Club.
The airport runs all three lounges. There is no place here for No 1 Lounges, Aspire or Plaza Premium.
Three lounges is clearly not enough. Leeds Bradford has now announced a super-premium lounge – The Aero Club.
It opens in May and will be ‘adults only’. The website is here.
As you can see, it offers “the best seat in the house (or the terminal)” with “a made-to-order menu”. However, it clearly isn’t really premium. You will get free prosecco, but champagne must be purchased.
How much will it cost to get into The Aero Club? Take a look below:
Yes, The Aero Club will cost £50 to enter. This is, to put it mildly, aggressive.
You won’t even pay £50 for an independent lounge at any of the London airports. The Qantas Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 is £55, admittedly, but that is a totally different proposition and indeed targets a different a market.
What is even odder is that Leeds Bradford is submitting plans for a new terminal building to open in 2023. Assuming it is approved, Aero Club will have a life of three years at most.
Clearly a trip to Yorkshire is required in May. We will let you know what we find.
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.