Aspire Rewards is the little-knowm reward scheme for Aspire and Club Aspire airport lounges in the UK.
It isn’t widely used, but it shoud be on your radar because Priority Pass visits count. Visits via Lounge Key and DragonPass also count. What is better than picking up an extra reward from something that you are not paying for in the first place?
You can find out more on the Aspire Rewards website here.
Aspire Rewards is app based, available via the Apple and Google app stores. There is no ‘non digital’ alternative.
You need to download the Aspire Rewards app, create an account and then scan the QR code in the app each time you enter an Aspire lounge.
As far as I can see, there is no ability to drop the membership card into Apple Wallet which is a little annoying.
What happens to my LoungeMiles card?
Aspire Rewards replaces the previous card-based LoungeMiles scheme.
If you still have a LoungeMiles card you can continue to get it stamped until it is full, but no new cards are being issued. You will need to switch to Aspire Rewards at that point.
Cards must be redeemed within 24 months of the first stamp. If you have a completed LoungeMiles card which you have been unable to redeem due to coronavirus, you can contact [email protected] and they will try to help.
How do you earn Aspire Rewards points?
The scheme is simplicity itself:
You earn 4 points per £1 if you book via executivelounges.com or pay on the door
You earn 50 points per lounge visit (25 points for a child) if you enter via a Priority Pass, Lounge Club or other lounge scheme card
Importantly, “multiple visitors within one transaction can be added to one loyalty account“
You can only earn points at UK Aspire lounges.
How do you spend Aspire Rewards points?
There are two sorts of rewards:
500 points gets you a free lounge visit – this does NOT seem to be transferable because you redeem by scanning your phone
700 points gets you a £5 shopping voucher for:
Marks & Spencer
You are basically getting 35p per lounge visit, assuming you get in via a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card, as the only redemption worth getting if you have such a card is the shopping voucher.
It is a lot more generous if you are paying cash for your visits. At an average of £25 per visit, you’d be getting a free pass after every five paid visits.
Note that your points have a 24 month hard expiry – activity does not keep them alive. However, Aspire Rewards has extended all accounts by 12 months during coronavirus.
Which lounges take part in Aspire Rewards?
Here are the participating lounges, according to the app. I have linked to our reviews:
London Luton lounge (Aspire) – review here but has been refurbished
Manchester Terminal 2 lounge (Aspire)
Note that the lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 does NOT take part.
You can find out more about Aspire Rewards on its website here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 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.
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 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.