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easyJet has opened its first airport lounge in Gatwick’s North Terminal

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easyJet is opening its first airport lounge in London Gatwick today. Sort of.

This comes hot on the heels of the announcement yesterday that the Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick North has closed for good.

It is NOT taking over the former Club Aspire space. Instead, easyJet is using the rebranded My Lounge in Gatwick North. This is part of the No1 Lounge collection and now belongs to the Swissport/Collinson Airport Dimensions joint venture.

easyjet lounge The Gateway Gatwick

The My Lounge brand is the budget-friendly lounge offering by No1 and in the past has often been bookable for less than £20. You can read our most recent review (from 2016!) here.

Introducing The Gateway

The ‘new’ lounge is called ‘The Gateway by easyJet and No1 Lounges’ so it is clearly not a full takeover by easyJet.

It is open from 6am to 6pm daily.

This appears to be more of a rebrand of My Lounge than anything else. Studying the photograph above, little appears to have changed except for the new name (printed on easyJet orange) and a model of an easyJet plane.

The industrial-chic decor appears untouched with the same bright yellow chairs around a large boardroom table.

You will find it at the entrance to the main lounge ‘pavilion’ at Gatwick North. The main No1 Lounge entrance is a few feet ahead of you, and the (now ex-) Club Aspire is in the basement down the stairs.

Who is The Gateway for?

Despite being easyJet branded, easyJet will not be offering its passengers free access – not even easyJet Plus members, the paid loyalty scheme.

Here are the official rules from the press release:

“Opening on 21 October, the new lounge can be booked in advance through easyJet’s exclusive partnership with Holiday Extras or customers can simply book in on the day of travel. A range of one, two and three hour packages are available with prices starting from just £18.50.

All passengers travelling through London Gatwick Airport North Terminal can book to use the lounge regardless of airline or travel ticket class. They can also arrive without a booking and present their easyJet boarding pass on entry to the lounge.”

That sounds as if the lounge is open to all but that anyone who turns up on the day and wants to pay cash will have to prove they are flying easyJet, which seems like an odd requirement.

Priority Pass cardholders will still be allowed in. The lounge is now listed on the Priority Pass website as The Gateway – but no mention is made of having to show an easyJet boarding pass. This means that the lounge will seemingly accept walk-up Priority Pass cardholders but not walk-up cash guests.

You can buy access in advance for cash, irrespective of the airline you are flying with. You can book via this page of the No1 Lounges website. The price is £32. This is steep, to be honest, given that the lounge is quite small – the photo above shows the entire space. At that price level I would be looking at No1 or Plaza Premium (the old Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse) instead.

Note that, if you are flying easyJet, Holiday Extras lets you book a shorter 1-hour visit for £18.50 or a 2-hour visit for £24. Longer stays cost the same £32 as booking via No1.

Promotion, so far, is a little odd

easyJet seems to be struggling with how to market the lounge.

It isn’t mentioned on the easyJet home page. Anyone interested in booking a lounge is directed to a third party company, Holiday Extras, who can book it for you as part of their general ‘add ons’ along with car parking etc.

Holiday Extras offers a huge number of lounges for easyJet customers, however. Even at Gatwick North, The Gateway is advertised alongside No1, Clubrooms (still closed) and the new Plaza Premium lounge.

To many travellers, having a branded lounge – even a paid one – will be seen as a positive. easyJet needs to take ownership of this, promoting it ahead of other options and selling access directly. Sending customers to Holiday Extras to book, when passengers could book directly with No1, is odd. Passengers will believe that easyJet is running the lounge and for better or worse it will reflect on the airline.

Conclusion

This announcement by easyJet seems to be more of a marketing opportunity than anything else, with no apparent changes to the lounge itself or what is on offer.

It’s not clear what the motive is behind easyJet’s decision to co-brand the lounge, especially given that it is still pay-per-use. Perhaps, longer term, it is hoping it can bundle lounge access with easyJet Plus membership or offer it during the booking process.

Whatever the logic, from today, My Lounge has become The Gateway. We will try to take a look in the coming weeks.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 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

30,000 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.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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 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 (26)

  • bhavin khima says:

    Damn…I thought they would have called it ‘easyLounge’ 🤣

  • Dev says:

    Any chance that this is the next evolution of EasyJet to become more “upmarket”? They could be testing the waters…

    I remember when they ditched the orange shirts for the smarter uniforms a few years ago, and this could be the next step now that they have critical mass to be considered a true rival to the legacy carriers!

  • TimM says:

    Yes, definitely dipping a toe in the water. I cannot imagine easyJet ever bundling free lounge access with tickets or Plus membership. That would be against the ethos of the airline. Current ‘privileges’ for those paying for more expensive seats are mostly things taken away from cheaper seats that used to be included or were otherwise available free of charge.

    I can however see easyJet creating a better travel experience by selling all the components, including lounge access, separately.

    The difficulty with an airline selling a one-hour lounge slot are manifold however. What if the flight is delayed, or you are told to go to the gate early only to have to wait 30-40 minutes before boarding? If the airline sells the access they also have to own the overall experience. EasyJet should stick to the standard 2-hour slot with flex for delays.

    • Pete M says:

      So, if you buy a 1hr visit, how do they know when to kick you out? Buzzer on your ankle? 🙂

      • Doug M says:

        Ankle trackers are more Ryanair.

      • Shirley MH says:

        I was wondering the same thing! 😂

      • Rui N. says:

        Plenty of priority pass lounges have published time limits to be there. If they enforce or not (or how they do it), I have no idea.

      • TimM says:

        Given it is such a small lounge, I imagine the receptionist/bartender just calls airport security to evict you, with or without your cheese sandwich.

        • Rob says:

          When you enter they will look at your BP and may say you can only return 60 minutes before boarding.

          • memesweeper says:

            Easy often close the gate 30 mins before departure, so that 60 min lounge slot is going to be very short in reality.

          • flyforfun says:

            I’ve used Priority Pass in HK at the Premium Plaza lounge. Had a 6 hour stop over. No restrictions there even though I think it said 2 hours max etc.

    • Tom says:

      Leisure centre swimming pool style tannoy “Can all red bands leave the lounge, that is all red bands please leave the lounge.”

  • Ben says:

    Always used my lounge when Flying from Gatwick… it was never busy compared to the other lounges and they had one of those pancake machines which would be my breakfast every time!

  • Frenske says:

    Nor sure, I want to go into a lounge full with 20-somethings necking their drinks before taking the Easyjet flight to Ibiza, Mykonos, etc. 😀

  • Lady London says:

    They’ll have to give £5 off cash entry for showing a boarding pass. For this lounge though I think I’d want more off.

  • B Bjorn says:

    Or if you have an HSBC works Elite Card you can use the lounge without charge. If it’s £20 or so a go, then you break even on the £150 fee on your 8th trip.
    Something the recent rather selective review of the card failed to illuminate.

  • David says:

    If easyJet are looking for a perk to offer their passengers that’d have real value but no/minimal cost, may I suggest the ability to make a reservation (for Priority Pass members) for free.

    This wouldn’t cost them anything to do, as they’d still get their income from PP when you actually entered; in fact it may make them more money if they were able to bill PP at time of booking (as there’ll always be a % of people who’re running too late to visit the lounge or who decide last-minute not to travel), but it’d be genuinely useful for customers.

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