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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.

Leeds Bradford Airport terminal

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.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two 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

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

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.

Comments (123)

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  • Ronster says:

    Good morning all.

    With regard to Leeds and for those having Priority Pass, you can forget any chance of access to the White Rose Lounge.

    On the last 10 occasions I have flown in and out I have only ever managed to access that Lounge once.

    Its been hammered by “paying” visitors, which the Lounge lets in first.

    On my last visit, when I pushed their front line staff member, to tell me how many “Priority Pass” members had been allowed in that day, I was not shocked to be informed “NONE”

    Ronster

    • Polly says:

      Thar really is shameful. That’s something l would bring to amex and try to claim compo for. And we have done that when goons on the desk in
      Jed tried to charge my oh entry. Anywhere on their site that allows you to pre book for £5?

      • Ronster says:

        Good evening Polly

        Thank your for our input.

        What you say is very interesting.

        I would have never have thought of actually approaching Amex for compensation. I am thinking of actually emailing the lounge a few days before my next arrival. Letting them know I intend to make a complaint to Amex, if refused entry, based on an apparant preference by the lounge to prioritise fee paying visitors and NOT amex Priority Pass visitors.

        Did you ever get any compensation back from Amex ceded back to your account?

        All the best

        Ronster

        • Ronster says:

          *credited

          • Shoestring says:

            1. you can’t reserve access

            2. people have got compo from Amex when they have repeatedly been refused access to PP lounges

        • Lady London says:

          I really wouldn’t do that Ronster (the pre-writing).
          No point making a complete a$$ of yourself.
          Unfortunately lounges can genuinely be full and do have the right to refuse PP at any time… even if they’re empty.

          the issue is that Priority Pass has clearly done too good a pricing deal – and the lounges have better sources of business that earn them more that they are protecting.
          You’ll only get in on a Priority Pass if they need you.. Increasingly it seems Priority Pass is the “lowest of the low” of all types of entry into lounges.

          No issue with that except if you think Amex Platinum giving you a Priority Pass as part of what you get for your £600 fee, has any value at all, then you would be mistaken.

          That, and the slow roar that is building about the insurance that has always been part of the same package that now costs £600, actually being poor quality and with inability to negotiate to get pre-existing conditions covered, means Amex Platinum really is on the edge of (not) being worth it for what it costs anymore. As your typical Amex customer is historically older so has had time to develop the odd pre-existing condition, then if Amex Platinum’s new market of 25-year-olds does not develop, then each year they keep the current policy with that exclusion, their core market who is actually paying their bills, is slowly going to drop off just for that.

          So unfortunately Ronster I really, really like your idea of writing to the lounge – but I rather fear that even if they would have been able to let you in at your arrival time, sending a letter could actually make sure you don’t get in rather than that you do.

          If you really must write then how about politely mentioning when you expect to be there and ask them if it’s possible to pay a reservation fee to them now to ensure they may have space for you? that might get you in when you otherwise wouldn’t if they are able to let you in.

          • Ronster says:

            Good evening Lady London

            Thanks for replying.

            Although I agree with some of your points, I don’t believe emailing a polite and courteous letter will make me look like what your implying and have them mark me out as a “persona non grata”.The front line staff member was actually quite sympathetic and agreed with me. At best I would have only have had 20 minutes, in each of my passing visits, so thats why I haven’t messaged Leeds before. However I have contacted other lounges before that I had a far longer wait time and where they had a reputation with work colleagues of not letting Priority Pass users. Its worked before, it might work again……I guess I could mention as you say paying a reservation fee, but that sort of defeats the object of getting in on the fee I have already paid them indirectly va my Amex Plat membership.

            I am fully aware of their terms and conditions however I think its important that Amex and Priority are both made aware of an issues where the Lounge actually discriminates against Priority Pass users. That only makes the Platinum Amex I hold have less value and harder for me to justify the yearly fee.

            Your right about the Insurance. Thats a serious mistake that Amex appears to be dropping the ball on.

            Kind regards

            Ronster

          • Lady London says:

            I think we agree @Ronster.
            My point about asking in any letter you might send, if you could pay a reservation fee was similar to your idea – just a way of making it polite and being nice even though we both know perfectly well they don’t have the ability to take a reservation from you.

            Good luck and I hope you get in next time

  • Ken Bates says:

    If you want Premier League football, you have to pay Premier League prices.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      You won’t find many of these in Leeds. Maybe next year. Maybe not.

  • Yuff says:

    OT : need a hotel in Palma tonight for 2 nights and was going to use Clubcard vouchers via hotels.com to book the melia palma marina. However hotels.com has vanished from the Clubcard site have I missed that or have they slyly removed it……

    Anyone have any ideas on the cheapest way to book it, I have avios, Virgin , Hilton, IHG points, as alternatives, but like the position of the melia and i stayed at the gran Victoria melia in December using hotel.com vouchers…….

    • Andrew M says:

      Oh no! Hotels.com were my preferred redemption partner. Can’t find any coverage anywhere of their removal.

      • Andrew M says:

        **** UPDATE RE CLUBCARD HOTELS.COM PARTNERSHIP **** Reply received from their twitter team:

        “Hi Andrew. Unfortunately [they] have been removed from the website. They will be back on sale again soon, but we don’t have a timescale for this at the moment. Please note that the partnership has not ended and we hope to have [these] tokens back on sale as soon as possible. TY – Terry.”

        Phew.

        • meta says:

          Have more info as I called Tesco CS. See my post at 9:14am below. Apparently it is down to a glitch at hotels.com end not issuing voucher codes, so got pulled last week.

    • Peter K says:

      Just had a quick look and it did look like hotels.com has been pulled ☹️

      • meta says:

        ☹️ They couldn’t wait for a month before I cashed them out on hotels.com.

        • G Flyer says:

          But have Hilton and Accor (Mercure & Novotel) been added as replacements? I can’t remember seeing those before…

      • Lady London says:

        As seems to happen with loyalty programs, if any significant number of people actually succeed in uuuuuusing the benefits, that benefit gets pulled or devalued out of sight.

        I had seen somewhere (I thought here) last year that Tesco was going to drop hotels.com as of last August. Hotels.com denied it when I asked them and seemed horrified at the thought. I really hope it’s not true after all. Nothing else about Tesco’s program is worth anything.

    • DaveL says:

      Don’t forget if you are Amex plat you should have melia gold. This should mean you have 2 x 20% off vouchers in your account when you book direct. You also get 241 breakfast so you might find it adds up to book room only.

      Currently selling via melia for £78, minus 20% takes you to £62.

      • Yuff says:

        I do have Amex plat….😄
        Thanks

        • Mj says:

          Depending on when your birthday falls, as gold you get the chance to upgrade the room if you checkin via app (space permitting). I will be trying in NY melia in April

        • Secret Squirrel says:

          If planning using Melia, new sign ups get 2k points & look at points per night, then check amazon for their GC’s for value comparison.

    • Andrew M says:

      A poor show giving no notice whatsoever. Previously, at least some warning has been typically given.

    • Lady London says:

      Could it be they know you’re abroad? Presumably you can fix that right there!

  • Peter K says:

    Minor typo.
    “The airport runs all there lounges”
    Should be their.

  • Bill says:

    OT. Given a choice of Turkish or Pegasus on Antalya to Istanbuk I’m guessing avoid Pegasus after their recent incidents. Any views ?

    • Michael C says:

      Turkish are fab. as long as there isn’t a small asterisk saying “operated by Anadolu Airlines”, in which case there’ll be no IFE, and I think food may be purchasable?

    • johnny_c-l says:

      I travel with both regularly and personally go with whichever has the schedule or price to suit me. Safety is not something that has or would concern me with either; my only observation would be that PC crew seem less strict about seatbelts/standing when taxiing etc on the quick shuttle flights compared to TK.

      On TK you get a toasted cheese & tomato sandwich with a tea/coffee (same if it’s AnadoluJet), but PC is BOB, or you can usually pre-order a cheap sandwich along with seat selection & baggage when booking.

  • Rui N. says:

    OT: going through Gatwick Terminal North this week. What’s the best lounge to access using my $10 Dragonpass/Red Dufry offer? Cheers

    • Rob says:

      No 1 is bigger but fuller, Club Aspire is smaller, quieter but in a basement. My Lounge is an acquired taste but as it has glass walls you can look in and check it out. All in the same place.

  • Matty says:

    OT: Came back from Manchester last in night with BA to Heathrow in CE. No ‘meal’ served, just a drink because of the number of passengers in Club – 10 rows ~ 25 pax. Worth an email?

    • Matthew says:

      Happened to me before too. But we only had 4 in CE and no meals for 2 of us! Couldn’t be bothered chasing but should have done really…

    • Polly says:

      Think Harry would be looking at 10k avios service recovery, after all, they starved you!

    • Anna says:

      My OH got 5k avios for precisely this last year.

      • Shoestring says:

        yep don’t settle for less than 5K, which is fair enough

  • Mj says:

    OT had a very middling experience using Morrisons plastic gift voucher on the weekend. No luck at petrol station, she looked like she had never seen one before, I suggested a few things mentioned here and she seemed to press every button but no luck and the screen showed a message about ‘card used’. Went in-store to check balance and all good used at self service fine. Then tried to buy a coffee on way out lots of confusion and to save my wife further embarrassment just whipped out the amex.

    • SteveD says:

      I think the staff are still getting used to them.

      We used at manned till and PFS over the weekend, and lady on till was open about the fact she didn’t really know what to do with it – initially she tried to put the card in the till(!), which they would be used to doing with the old paper vouchers.
      We had a bit of a chuckle about it and got there in the end. PFS seemed a bit more used to it, though though there was more button pressing and huffing at the till than normal.
      You should get a receipt showing remaining balance whenever you use it.

      • Anna says:

        On that subject, my first 10% rebate from buying B & Q gift arrived a week after spending.

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