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 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.
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.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
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 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.