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Is a Plaza Premium or Virgin Atlantic lounge coming to Edinburgh Airport?

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Is a Plaza Premium or Virgin Atlantic lounge coming to Edinburgh Airport? It seems so.

An interesting job advert popped up in my LinkedIn feed this week:

Plaza Premium lounge Edinburgh

Plaza Premium is looking for an airport lounge manager to be based in Edinburgh.

This is not entirely surprising, for two reasons.

The first is that Plaza Premium now runs all of Virgin Atlantic’s lounges outside London Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic has just launched flights from Edinburgh and, assuming that the flights are a success, the airline will want a lounge for its passengers which it can have control over.

Plaza Premium lounge Edinburgh airport

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the lounge will be branded as Virgin Atlantic. It could just as easily carry the Plaza Premium brand but be focused primarily on Virgin Atlantic passengers and their requirements.

The other interesting point is that Edinburgh currently has an abandoned but brand new airport lounge. No1 Lounges has given up its lounge, reviewed here, even though it only opened in 2019. It was also in the process of building an adjacent Clubrooms lounge when covid hit.

Plaza Premium has a habit of taking over lounges which were once used by others, so wouldn’t have any concerns about taking over the No1 space.

My best guess, therefore, is that the former No1 Lounge, and potentially the ‘never opened’ Clubrooms space, will become a new Plaza Premium-run lounge which might be branded as a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

Let’s see. With the job of Lounge Manager only being advertised this week, it is unlikely that anything will happen before Easter at the earliest.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 2022)

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 (22)

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  • Lady London says:

    Will be good for Scotland if EDI gets a Virgin Club Lounge. Especially if it can be made to pay its way more broadly by putting in quality Plaza Premium management.

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Rob, can you do a review of the dragon pass?

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