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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.