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Glasgow Airport to re-open its lounge tomorrow, with Edinburgh’s Aspire lounge to follow

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Glasgow Airport is to re-open its airport-run executive lounge tomorrow.

There are two airport-run lounges – the Upperdeck lounge and the new premium Lomond Lounge.  Our last review of the UpperDeck lounge is here, and Rhys’s review of the new luxury Lomond Lounge is here, and picture above.

What appears to be happening is that the Lomond Lounge is being temporarily split into two.  Part of it will be used for people who have bought access to the UpperDeck lounge, which will remain closed, whilst the other half will offer the standard premium Lomond Lounge product.

Lomond Lounge Glasgow Airport to reopen

I assume that Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum, or buy one here) will continue to be accepted for the UpperDeck part of the Lomond Lounge.  UpperDeck is no longer listed as a LoungeClub lounge, if you have some free passes via Amex Gold.

If you want to book lounge access for cash, you can do so via this page of the Glasgow Airport website.  If you do a dummy booking for 30th July onwards you will see that you are offered two options depending on which part of the lounge you want to use.

The new Aspire Lounge at Edinburgh Airport re-opens soon

Meanwhile, Aspire has announced that its new Aspire Lounge at Edinburgh Airport will re-open on Saturday 1st August.

This is the lounge in the north east part of Edinburgh Airport near Gate 16, on the first floor.  The existing Aspire Lounge by Gate 4 was due to be refurbished – closure was planned for 1st March – and there is no sign of it opening at the moment.  It isn’t clear if the refurbishment work has been done.

Rhys reviewed the new Aspire Lounge at Edinburgh Airport last December and was impressed.

new Aspire Lounge EDInburgh airport

As with the Glasgow lounge above, Priority Pass and Lounge Club cards are accepted.  You can book for cash via the Aspire / Executive Lounges website here.  It will be open from 4.45am to 4.45pm for now.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (July 2021)

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

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 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.

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