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.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (February 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a 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.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.