Leeds Bradford Airport is opening a super-premium lounge!

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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.

We reviewed the three Leeds Bradford lounges here, and you can book yourself in for cash here.

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:

Aero Club lounge at Leeds Bradford

Yes, The Aero Club will cost £50 to enter.  This is, to put it mildly, aggressive.

At Manchester, PremiAir will let you use a lounge (with ‘cooked to order’ food) and a whole private terminal, and drive you to your plane, for £95.

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.

Leeds Bradford Airport Aero Club Lounge

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.

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Comments

  1. OT – had a recent stay at a Hilton which apparently was non qualifying (new cooperate booking system defaulted to booking.com) but I would have thought I should have earned a few points on the incidental spend (bar) and resort fee. I have e-mailed them but no response yet. Can anyone confirm before I start chasing.
    Same thing with an IHG hotel on the same trip but at least they replied to my e-mail. IHG didn’t answer the question (x 3 clarifications) but gave me 2000 points which was more than my bar bill would have got me…

  2. Blindman says:

    OT
    Mrs B may have to go to OZ on her lonesome.

    Is Business 125KAVIOS and £480 a good deal for the one way flight?

    • Lady London says:

      If you hold off cash prices may improve – if you need any sort of return at all. Not so much for one ways I would guess.

      Problem with the 125,000 its ok if you have enough avios, but there is still the co-pay that’s about what you should be able to get a Y ticket for. Or, can actually more than the half of a Y return ticket these days.

      If she has to fly in Y for cash then SQ and EK are apparently the most OK.
      In Business up to you – hard to beat QR to add to the above.

      f she’s actually coming back at any point in the next year did you know that if you take close look at the rules for a lot of fare classes, your ticket is repriced completely if you make any change before the outward, but not if you’ve flown the outward? checking other conditions for changeability can give pause for thought if she’s not actually going forever. You could save a lot of money that way by taking a return and “buying” the option even if you only know about one way so far.

      • Blindman says:

        @LadyLondon

        Thanks for the reply.

        Somewhat complex issue:

        We have a flight booked to return (from RAR) with miles.
        So a single is needed really as I would need to change plans to get a return fare.
        And then she would be flying back on her own again.

        She is a nervous flyer and needs the rest due to a health condition so looking at either Premium or Business seats for such a long trip.

        • Lady London says:

          Is there even the availability of avios or other award tix to Oz?

          This is where Amex MR points come in handy – you could get far lower taxes on other airlines – and might find award seats as well.

  3. OT

    I’ve booked a trip to America in the summer, tickets sold by Amex Travel. I’ve been booked onto a Virgin-marketed, Delta-operated itinerary from LHR-PDX-LAX in Main Cabin (O). Does anyone know how many VAFC tier points/miles this would be eligible for? I can’t seem to find any mention of fare class O online (except for a short line that says that its not eligible for any Delta MQMs), nor can I seem to upgrade using miles (I have asked both Virgin + Delta and they say that since it was ticketed by Amex, nothing can be changed). Thanks

    • O is a Skyteam fare bucket that usually earns you nil in partners’ programs.

  4. OT: Tesco clubcard security issues, 600,000 new cards being issued.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51710687

  5. O/T: IHG/CURVE/NSANDI still working?

  6. Shoestring says:

    another chance to trot out I was at school with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Stringer – very nice guy, as it happens

    year above me, but best friends with my (now multi millionaire – found a molecule) village friend Julian and liked my bro as well (uniti he got expelled)

    TBH nearly all of us got great jobs – it was a good school for that – hence why we wanted grammar schools for our kids

    • What about their Cornish pasty?

    • Brasov says:

      Shoestring, I love your Morrisons fuel deals.

      I’ve tried at 4 petrol stations.
      2 were fine, 1 tried but couldn’t do it, and 1 said that their till doesn’t allow it.

      What do you think, are all the tills set up the same across the country or are they just being awkward?

      • Shoestring says:

        all the tills can do it – but the staff never saw the plastic card before

        • I’m starting to think the rollout of ‘the button’ isn’t instant across the country.
          I went to one yesterday who showed me the screen – when they pressed Morrisons gift card and scanned it, it said ‘Manual Entry not allowed’.
          Could be user error, sure, but doesn’t seem very well controlled.

  7. DaveL says:

    Bad experience on club world today. Started off with discovering at t-24 that I hadn’t been ticketed and therefore couldn’t check in. Spent over an hour on phone to BA last night but Avios at fault so couldn’t call them till this morning. Another lengthy call to avios this morning and all sorted. Not a good last day on holiday though.

    Knock on effect right at the back of the club Europe cabin with OH. Sure enough no options left when served food – curry or nothing. Fine for me, not edible for the wife.

    Arrive on time at Heathrow and now bags haven’t arrived for over an hour 10 mins. They keep apologising but nothing is turning up.

    Realise problem A is avios and not ba. What kind of avios compo can I go after for b and c? Can anyone recommend any online sources for reference?

    • Shoestring says:

      – not ticketed in time – nothing
      – no food choice in CE – 5000 Avios if you ask nicely
      – bags late/ missing – nothing but maybe a gesture

      sorry (purveyor of bad news)

    • I would say Avios.com have definitely got a case to answer, I would be submitting a formal complaint.
      However, regular readers of HFP know to check they have a ticket number not just a booking reference!

      • DaveL says:

        Thanks both. Will ask BA nicely as you put it, shoestring.

        Anna – you make a good point RE avios, I think I should follow up with them too.

        As a regular reader, I knew to check that I had a ticket number – and in fact I had a ticket number, and full documentation which arrived by email and appeared entirely correct.

        I had changed the flight last week and paid the change fee. It turns out though that they reissued the paperwork with the old ticket number and new flight details, cancelled the original ticket, and failed to issue the new ticket. BA told me (after many hours on Sunday night) that the ticket number basically referred to the old, cancelled flight.

        New data point worth nothing, a ticket number does not 100% confirm your flight has been ticketed.! Probably only a danger if you are changing your flight, but good to be aware nonetheless…

        • Shoestring says:

          if you somehow roll it all into one & get treated well you might get 10000 Avios each but I think that would be a good outcome

        • Lady London says:

          Nooooooo! You have been really unlucky.

          For the hours on the phone alone I’d try to see if BA is willing to cough up some avios… don’t expect though just hope.

          And give Avios a go as well… they are normally pretty nice. Not at all sure about if they can do anything for you but for sure would mention it to them.

          Unlike you and @Anna I would have probably even forgotten to check for a ticket number and been well caught out.

  8. Mark E says:

    After buying Avios through Iberia, I’ve just been told by BA that I cannot combine my Avios from IB to BA as I have a household account. That’s buried in the small print and not obvious. Bit annoyed.

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