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Date set for the new Aspire lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 2

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The new Aspire lounge in the new pier at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 is gearing up for opening.

The Aspire website currently shows the lounge as bookable from Saturday 30th October. Job ads for the lounge on LinkedIn are also quoting a ‘late October’ opening date, so this seems relatively firm.

Date set for the new Aspire lounge at Manchester Airport

We will try to get a full list of which airlines are currently operating from the new pier by the time the lounge opens. It should be accessible via Priority Pass.

There are two other new airport-run lounges at Terminal 2 which we have already covered. You can read our review of the Escape lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 2 here and our review of the premium 1903 Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 2 here.

There will also be a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in due course, although the opening has been delayed until next year when flights will ramp up.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

American Express Business Platinum

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

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

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

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.

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 (27)

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  • Toby says:

    Not only there’s no natural light in this lounge but the food is terrible! How this won worlds best independent lounge is a complete joke. There are far many better independent lounges out there than this one!!

  • Henry Young says:

    I was in both the Plaza Premium Hong Kong lounges on Sunday 17 Oct 2021 (gate 1 & gate 35). I have never found these lounges to be at all impressive over the years, with the food options at the mid-field instance particularly poor, and each curiously different. The hidden gem at HKG, sadly now closed, used to be the HX lounge – never busy, tasty food options and a sleeping area. I did enjoy IGA Istanbul when I was there 9 months ago.

  • ChrisC says:

    What’s the situation with earning BA tier points on EI operated flights under the BA code share?

    The BA tier point finder says “yes” for MAN-JFK and DUB-JFK but this article says ‘no’ –

    The EI JFK-MAN has been appearing in flight options for BA Hols for a while now as part of some ex-EU searches but not earning TPs is the killer.

    Rob can you clarify?

  • Dylan says:

    I worked in Manchester Airport T2 customer services until 1 week ago. There is no set airlines in the new pier (A gates) and the airlines all move across the stands for the whole terminal as it’s impossible to plan for a particular airline to just have flights going from 1 pier.

    The new Aspire lounge is actually on what will become the second pier but for now is just a short corridor leading to the lifts and escalators down to the B gates which is the bussing lounge. For the time being the Aspire lounge will have a view of the airfield towards terminal 1 and you might get glimpses of aircraft landing depending on your position in the lounge. You will see aircraft pushing back from the 200 gates of T2 and C pier of T1 though.

    Eventually though (in a few years when the airport regains it’s finances post covid) there will be a 3rd pier built out from T2 at the end closest to T1 which will block any runway view from Aspire.

    The lounge is one short escalator down from the main departure lounge and everyone departing from the old part of the terminal (201-211 gates) has to go down the escalator and past Aspire to get to their gate.

    • Dylan says:

      As a result of its location it’s very central in the terminal for any flight!

  • Sandgrounder says:

    The Primeclass in Muscat was the last lounge I visited before Covid, Jan 2020. It was pretty nice, food was good, especially if you like sweets. I spent the time recovering from the short hop from AUH, we came in through some thunderclouds and it was a wild ride.

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    The lounges in MAN T2 have been open for a while now. What are people’s real world experiences like, including access?

  • Anna says:

    How many tier points would the EI flights from MAN earn?

    • Red Flyer says:

      Whatever they give, it won’t be enough to compensate for the MAN security experience!

    • Rob says:


      This will change when Aer Lingus finally joints the BA / AA / Iberia / Finnair transatlantic JV, due 2022, but until then – nil.

      • Anna says:

        Lol, I am doomed to the MAN experience regardless!
        I meant when via BA holidays though, definitely something to consider when we’ve used all our 241s.

      • ChrisC says:

        This is crux of the issue though Rob.

        When I checked – before making my earlier comment – the ‘how many TPs will I earn’ tool on BA com entering MAN-NYC and DUB-NYC and earning on BA it came up with the usual number of TATL TPs.

        Not risking a booking unless it’s 100% certain I’d get the TPs.

  • Youllnever says:

    “ Votes were cast between September 2019 and July 2021…”

    Wait, voting period was nearly two years? 😮

    • Rob says:

      Yes, because they scrapped the awards last year and rolled over the votes so they weren’t wasted.

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