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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.