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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.

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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  • Nelson says:

    OT Amex gold business. I received and activated my card three weeks ago but still haven’t received my lounge card. How long should I wait to get it?

    • Rob says:

      Never. It is not a benefit of Gold Business.

      • Nelson says:

        Thanks Rob. What would happen with my 20000 points spend bonus if I upgrade to platinum now? I ve spent 1000£ till now.

        • Rob says:

          Not sure you’d have any grounds to get the bonus if you upgraded so I’d stick with Gold Business until you have the bonus in the bank.

  • Alan says:

    Has anyone noticed that doesn’t appear to be a clubcard partner anymore? I’m sure they were up to about 2-3 weeks ago. Must admit I missed it if they are no longer a partner.

  • David says:

    Is anyone else having problems moving Avios from Iberia to BA and the account is 2 years old ?

  • Boi says:

    OT: applied for SPG with instant approval on 21/02. Got email saying card in post on 24/02. Still no card received. Should I panic and call Amex?
    I also am hoping I will get old earning rates even if I receive it this week

    • Shoestring says:

      give it 2 more days?

    • Donny says:

      Applied on 22nd, approved on 26th and received on 28th with new look of Bonvoy card. Prepare to have lengthy complain process with AMEX if you want to have old 3 points/£.

      • Boi says:

        Oh no! That doesn’t sound good. Hoping I will be ok as I was approved before change over. But never had to wait over a week after referral bonus hit.

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    Stansted has 26M passengers a year and 1 not-very-premium Escape lounge.

    Leeds has 4M passengers per year and 3 lounges with a 4th opening soon, 2 of which are marketed as very high end.

    OK I know it’s sort of one lounge broken into 3 really but still ……. WTF?

    Are the othe 3 so full there is additional demand, or have they just got another empty space they don’t know what to do with during the redevelopment so will lob in some spare posh chairs that got ordered by mistake, and a few bottles of prosecco and see if it makes a £ or two. Or is it in fact a rebrand of one of the existing spaces. Given the lack of additional directions, I’m guessing on the 3nd option but be intrigued to find out…

    • Shoestring says:

      4M is still 11K/ day – which you might consider a captive market for food/ drink/ lounge space

      no idea what the other airport eating/ drinking establishments are like but given the airport monopoly on lounges, I guess they see it as a decent profit opp – there no airline lounges so they also provide lounge facilities for British Airways, KLM, Aer Lingus and Flybe Business passengers

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        Fair point (although the food offering even without the lounges isn’t bad at all compared to, say Bristol or Robin Hood) … but in that case surely there’s an opportunity at Stansted which at 6 times the passenger volume must be vastly underserved for lounges?

        • Shoestring says:

          I use LHR T3 a lot as you know & it’s completely obvious they could have twice or 3x or 4x the food/ drink offering space, incl doubling the lounges, but also more pubs, some fast food outlets – and all would do extremely well

          too many people moving through, who would prefer to eat/ drink in a bit more comfort – at a very willingly offered good price – instead of sitting outside in the mob

  • BJ says:

    OT amex: Not sure how new this is as I have not seen it mentioned, and it is certainly new since my last application last month. Their application IT has changed. I went to apply for BAPP (to upgrade from blue). The first thing the application now does is collect a few details and run a credit check. Presumably if you pass this it then takes you to other pages to add further details like BAEC numbers, supps etc. However, I never got that far, it immediately recognised I had BA blue and asked me if I wanted to upgrade it to BAPP. I selected yes, it then requested me to sign in and it displayed info for BAPP and got me to accept t&c. Upgrade wasn’t instant, it stated it was being processed, so I have no idea about the 6000 avios people sometimes get. Anyway, their system is clearly now more sophisticated than before. It remains to be seen if there are still beneficial glitche or not. I hope it does not herald the arrival of the self-referral scanning technology.

    • Lee says:

      Noticed that yesterday. Referred OH yesterday, referral points has landed today.

      • BJ says:

        Possibly means the end of the random sign up bonuses but they were good while they lasted. I’ll continue to hit bonus spend targets though, no harm in trying 🙂

  • Jane says:

    OT – had a recent stay at a Hilton which apparently was non qualifying (new cooperate booking system defaulted to 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…

    • Kai says:

      No, you don’t earn on incidentals if the stay is non-qualifying.

      • Jane says:

        really ! surprised about that. That is rubbish. thanks for the response though.

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        I believe you will at Mariott group hotels

  • Blindman says:

    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:


        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.

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