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Club Aspire lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 to re-open

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There is good news if you are travelling through Terminal 3 at London Heathrow with a Priority Pass airport lounge card.

The Club Aspire lounge now has a scheduled date to re-open: Friday 18th February.

Opening hours will be restricted to 6am to 1pm.

Club Aspire lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 to re-open

There are probably more high quality airport lounges in Heathrow Terminal 3 than any other terminal in the world, as you can see from our airport lounge reviews here. However, if you are not travelling in Business Class and don’t have airline status, your options shrink dramatically.

Your choices are:

It is interesting to see that Club Aspire escaped the axe. The owners of Club Aspire recently bought No1 Lounges and, at Gatwick North, have chosen to permanently close the Club Aspire lounge to focus on No1 and its sister lounges. It seems that Club Aspire and No1 will co-exist in Terminal 3.

You are likely to have a better chance of getting into Club Aspire with a Priority Pass as a lot of airlines use No1 for their own premium passengers. That said, you can always guarantee access to No1 by paying the £6 reservation fee via their website here.

Our last review of the Club Aspire lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 is here – we will try to update this in the Spring. You can book it for cash here.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

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

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

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.

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