Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

No1 Lounges reopens two additional UK airport lounges

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

No1 Lounges – now under the joint ownership of Priority Pass group Collinson and ground services group Swissport – has reopened two additional lounges.

Save 15% at London Gatwick

The most important one, in terms of relieving pinch points, is My Lounge in London Gatwick’s South Terminal.

Oddly, the My Lounge Gatwick website says that it is closed until 20th August. However, it IS now open. This special webpage confirms it and includes a special reopening discount.

My Lounge is positioned as the Moxy of the lounge world (with the main No1 Lounge brand presumably being the Marriott and Clubrooms being The Ritz-Carlton) but it is better than that. The My Lounge at Gatwick is a well designed space and is the only lounge at the airport to have an outdoor area.

Our most recent review of My Lounge at London Gatwick’s South Terminal is here.

You can access the lounge with Priority Pass or other lounge club cards. My Lounge is NOT included in the list of No1 Lounges which allow you to reserve slots in advance.

You can book access for cash here – there is currently a 15% discount available via this link. It is the cheapest independent lounge at Gatwick North.

Meanwhile, in Birmingham ….

No1 Lounges has also reopened its premium Clubrooms lounge at Birmingham International.

None of the HfP team have ever visited this lounge but we have a 2019 review of the Birmingham Clubrooms lounge submitted by a reader. The photos have always looked very classy, as you can see from the image above.

You can book access for cash via the No1 website here.

You can access Clubrooms with a Priority Pass card but there is a £10 supplement. If you choose to reserve a space in advance, the fee increases to £15 – you can make reservations here. No children under 12 are allowed.

The two Clubrooms lounges at London Gatwick, one in each terminal, remain closed.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

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

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

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

American Express Amex Gold

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 (0)

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.