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Aspire to manage the British Airways lounge at Belfast City Airport

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British Airways has handed over management of its lounge at Belfast City Airport to Aspire.

Aspire is already active at the airport, operating the independent lounge which is literally next door.  We reviewed the Belfast City Aspire lounge here and the British Airways lounge here.

The good news is that the changes so far are positive according to HFP reader feedback.  Aspire has put in a new coffee machine, expanded the range of premium drinks and launched new food options across the day.

It isn’t clear what the long term plans are.  Flybe was the biggest airline at Belfast City, and the necessity for two lounges will probably depend on how many ex-Flybe routes are picked up by other operators.

Aspire takes over Belfast City Airport British Airways 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.

Comments (156)

  • The Urbanite says:

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