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Which UK airport lounges are open and accepting Priority Pass?

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Right now, UK airport lounges are a patchwork quilt of openings and closings.

Given the uncertainty, we thought it would be worth looking at which UK lounges are currently open to Priority Pass holders. Priority Pass supplied us with a list of lounges that were open as of the end of last weekend. The lounges below are, of course, also open for cash visits if you don’t have a Priority Pass.

Priority Pass is currently running a sale on its annual memberships. You can save up to 40% on the entry-level Standard membership which reduces the cost of lounge visits to £20. Alternatively, the Standard Plus membership is reduced to £141 (25% off) and comes with 10 free visits. You can find the discounts here. The deal ends on 30th September.

Alternatively, you can get a Priority Pass for free with the American Express Platinum card. Both the main cardholder and one supplementary cardholder receive a Priority Pass, and each card admits two people for free. This means that you can get a family of four people into a lounge for free, as many times as you want if both the main and supplementary cardholder are travelling together. There is NO LIMIT to the number of lounge visits you can make for free.  Our full review of Amex Platinum is here.

You can also get a ‘two free visits’ Priority Pass if you apply for American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. As Amex Gold is free for the first year, this is an easy way of getting totally free airport lounge access for a couple. Further visits after the first two free ones are charged at £20.

Which UK Priority Pass lounges are currently open?

Aberdeen International

Belfast City


City of Derry

Doncaster Sheffield

Edinburgh International

East Midlands

Leeds Bradford

London Gatwick

London Heathrow Terminal 2

London Heathrow Terminal 5

Liverpool John Lennon

London Luton


The new Aspire Lounge in the T2 extension will open on 23rd October.

Teesside International

Newcastle International

Cornwall Airport Newquay


London Stansted

Over the next few months we will be visiting some of the most impressive Priority Pass lounges on this list to bring you updated reviews and to show how the lounges are responding to the new environment. Keep an eye out.

Comments (59)

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  • Sandgrounder says:

    A lot of them are open, but only just. Luton, 4am-1230pm 3 days and 4am-8am 4 days. DSA closes at 4pm. There are just two I have not been able to use recently despite being ‘open’.

    • Chas says:

      I wanted to use the lounge at Luton a couple of weeks ago for 4 of us, but the 8am closure is just ridiculous. Definitely not most people’s definition of being open. Would be better described as “restricted hours”.

    • ChrisW says:

      What, it closes at 8am?? What’s the important morning flight(s) it opens for?

  • Frankie says:

    Inverness Aspire is also open but not on the above list. I was there last month. Though it’s closed on Tue, Wed and Sat.

  • Gothbe says:

    Aspire lounge is belfast city not belfast international. The causeway lounge at belfast international is still closed

    • Bill says:

      Does anyone know when BFS will open ?

    • ECR says:

      The Aspire Lounge shown in the review at Belfast City is closed as Aspire moved about 18 months ago into the larger space that was the BA Lounge. There is very little change in the furniture or layout from BA days, so in some ways it is a little more tired than the Aspire lounge shown. It is currently table service due to Covid, but the good news when I was there a few days ago was that bacon rolls were back on the breakfast menu.

  • James says:

    No.1 is open at Gatwick North, they often have staff before security selling No.1/fast track access.

    • Phil says:

      No 1 at Gatwick North looks to only be open until 12:00 – just got a message trying to book access for an afternoon flight.

  • Sammyj says:

    Just got my first Amex Platinum – how do you get the Priority Pass, I can’t find a link anywhere to activate it?

    • AFKAE says:

      It’ll arrive in the post pretty quickly.

    • Rob says:

      It’s automatic, it will arrive in a day or so.

    • jek says:

      I am in a similar situation and have contacted Amex via chat. It seems that the Priority Pass account will only be opened 28 days after the Amex Platinum account has been opened. Too bad I am traveling before…

      Is there a way to trigger the account generation earlier?

  • AFKAE says:

    I was in Aspire Birmingham about 10 days ago at 6.15am, absolute maximum no. of people in there was 12. Couple after us were refused admission because it was full!

  • Paul says:

    While there may be some great lounges out there on the priority pass list, there is a lot of dross. The issue being that there does not seem to be a corporate or specific standard that a lounge must meet.
    It’s not usually a problem as I have BA status but I have used my free priority pass to access lounges in a significant number of places with very mixed results.
    Athens was a case in point and Dalaman last year. Had I not had free access I’d have felt very aggrieved at paying £30 for two people to “enjoy” the substandard experience. F&B is the biggest issue and many operators merely provide an enhanced seating area to the main terminal.

  • Bill says:

    IOM is closed

    • Bill says:

      Please ignore the above closure notification. I’m half asleep and this thread is about opening! 😁

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