The Aspire Lounge at London Luton airport re-opened yesterday after what was a slightly longer than anticipated refurbishment program. This is the second recent refurbishment, after the one in 2016. It must get heavy use.
The lounge originally closed in January and was supposed to re-open in March, although clearly that didn’t happen.
HfP reader Neil was first in the door yesterday morning and managed to get these photos:
Catering is currently limited, although Neil was happy with the sausage sandwiches on offer for breakfast.
Remember that Luton Airport has a second independent lounge, Clubrooms, which is part of No1 Lounges. Rob reviewed the Clubrooms lounge at Luton last year – click here – although it has yet to reopen.
Clubrooms is positioned as a more upmarket option, although it remains to be seen how the new Aspire lounge compares. We are hoping to do a full review in the coming months.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2021)
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 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 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply 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 special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
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.