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Southampton Airport executive lounge reopens

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If you are booked on one of the new British Airways weekend routes out of Southampton, or indeed any other flight from the airport, you’ll be pleased to know that the lounge should be open.

The Spitfire Executive Lounge is due to reopen on 4th June. Hot and cold food and drinks will be available.

It is important to note, and I quote:

“The Spitfire Lounge is the only space available in the airport offering food and drink at this time.”

Go to the lounge or go hungry and thirsty.

The opening hours are not exactly aggressive:

  • Friday: First Departure – 14:30
  • Saturday: First Departure – 15:00
  • Sunday: First Departure – 15:00
  • Monday: First Departure – 13:00
  • Closed Tuesday to Thursday

This will, however, fit around the British Airways services.

Our last review of The Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport is here from 2018. Note that whilst the lounge was in Priority Pass, it no longer appears on the Priority Pass website. It isn’t clear if this is a permanent removal or if it was taken off temporarily because it was closed. I assume that BA will let Club Europe and Gold and Silver Executive Club members in for their flights.

You can find out more about the Spitfire Executive Lounge on the Southampton Airport website here.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2023)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK credit 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full 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)

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  • 1ATL says:

    I wouldn’t assume SOU lounge access to BA Club, Gold and Silver at all. As far as I’m aware this isn’t part of the service….. and I’m booked on one of the inaugurals. £25 seems to gain access. I’m more than happy to do a lounge review if HfP wants to sponsor my access 🙂

  • Jan M says:

    *Hote* food… A typo just for reference.

  • Andrew says:

    13th October is slap bang in the middle of the October break. I’m booked in for my week’s childcare duty in Perthshire 11th to 15th October.

    Then hopefully doing EDI-NYC-LHR on the way back.

  • Lou says:

    And this is what drives me mad about Accor, I did have a stay booked with them between those dates (cancelled in favour with status with Hilton) and those would not have counted, whereas the Hilton 2x-3x promo counted rooms booked before the promo launched.

  • Tim W. says:

    Their website ( says: “The Spitfire Lounge is also available for use by Priority Pass, Diners Club, Lounge Club, Lounge Key, Lounge Pass and Dragon Pass cardholders.”

  • roberto says:

    Accor hotels don’t really feature highly in my night stops except one which I normally use once a month – Sofitel Heathrow, which is currently a quarantine hotel and therefore closed to the public.

    • Chris Heyes says:

      roberto How long is Hilton Sofitel Closed to the public for ?
      Already booked in for August ?
      Also already been given an upgrade to a Junior Suite (two days after booked)

  • Catalan says:

    The real reason for Virgin’s delayed inaugural service to St Vincent is because of last month’s eruption of La Soufrière volcano. It has devastated the island’s infrastructure, agriculture and tourist industries. The damagaing effects of the ash can be felt in neighbouring Barbados and other islands.

  • Mark says:

    Accor registration page continues to fail

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