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Our review of Aspire Rewards – and how Priority Pass lounge visits count

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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 loyalty scheme review

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:

John Lewis

Amazon

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.

How does Aspire Rewards work?

Which lounges take part in Aspire Rewards?

Here are the participating lounges, according to the app.  I have linked to our reviews:

Belfast City lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Birmingham North lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Birmigham South lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Bristol lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Bristol lounge (Aspire Plus) – review here 

Edinburgh x 2 lounges (Aspire) – review here and review here

Humberside lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Inverness lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Liverpool lounge (Aspire) – review here 

London Gatwick North lounge (Club Aspire) – review here 

London Gatwick South lounge (Club Aspire)review here

London Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge (Club Aspire) – review here 

London Luton lounge (Aspire) – review here but has been refurbished

Manchester Terminal 1 lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Manchester Terminal 2 lounge (Aspire) 

Newcastle lounge (Aspire) – review here 

Newcastle (Aspire Plus) – review here 

Note that the lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 does NOT take part.

You can find out more about Aspire Rewards on its website here.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 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

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.

Comments (14)

  • Chris Heyes says:

    Rob Of course it’s transferable if it’s on your phone, just lend whoever you wish your phone

    • ChrisBCN says:

      Do I also have to lend my finger so that they can unlock my phone?

      • Allan says:

        Screenshot then send as a message

      • Chris Heyes says:

        ChrisBCN Just give them your pass numbers to unlock phone.
        If you don’t trust him/her with your phone why would you want to give them lounge access

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      To be transferable I’d say it’s have to include where you’re not travelling with them – you propose to lend your phone for a week?

      Of course, they could simply install the app on their own phone and log in as you…

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Or just log them in on their phone …

  • Tony says:

    Slightly random question but do app developers have to pay to use the wallet? Annoyed that my train operator doesn’t have this so if you can’t get a decent signal at the station it’s a faff to reload the ticket to get through the barriers.

    • Quark999 says:

      No. You can even create your own passes on websites/tools and download them into Apple Wallet.

    • KP says:

      Why cant you take a screenshot of the ticket ? Thats what I do with most of these online passes anyway

  • TJ says:

    I tried using it at T5 last year – prior to lockdown – and was informed they are not participating in the scheme. Things may have moved on since then but I decided to dump the app at the time.

  • Adam says:

    Last year during the lockdown, Birmingham lounge refused to add the points to my account as they did not want to touch/scan my mobile. Was told to email the customer services so the points will be added, but of course nothing was added in the end. No energy to chase them anymore.

  • Martin Louis says:

    Any idea about DragonPass visits bought in that deal at the start of 2020 with RED by DuFry? I’ve got a few visits in my wallet still as I’d bought a bunch in the expectation that I was going to be doing a fair bit of business travel in my new role. I managed a couple of visits where I’m glad to say £10 a visit was all it was really worth. My card expires in May and there is no travel planned at work until either late this year or next year (they are enjoying saving the T&E budget).

    • Rob says:

      Vouchers were extended by a year (if they weren’t, contact them and it will be done). If you can’t use them, you can refund them as per the terms of the original deal.

      • Martin Louis says:

        Thanks Rob! Pretty sure there’s no chance of any travel, personal or work related for many months for me.

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