News: Humberside and Birmingham lounge news, new Ryanair domestic routes from Edinburgh
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News in brief:
The Aspire lounge at Humberside Airport reopens
There are still airport lounges across the UK which remain closed after the pandemic, but most are now back in business.
On Monday 13th February, the Aspire lounge at Humberside Airport reopens.
The opening times will be:
- Monday: 07:30 – 10:30
- Tuesday: 04:45 – 10:15
- Wednesday : 07:30 – 10:30
- Thursday: 04:45 – 10:15
- Friday: 04:45 – 10:15
- Saturday: 07:30 – 10:30
- Sunday: 04:45 – 06:45 & 13:45 – 16:45
Our last review of the Aspire lounge at Humberside, from 2018, is here.
You can get access via the usual lounge club cards, including Priority Pass, or pay for cash here.
Remember that American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is free for a year and comes with FOUR free passes for lounges in the Priority Pass network.
Birmingham has also regained a lounge
It is also worth noting that the second Aspire lounge at Birmingham Airport also reopened a couple of weeks ago.
The Aspire South lounge, as it is called, is currently only open during the morning peak. It is available from 6am to 10am daily.
Our last review of the Aspire South lounge at Birmingham Airport is here, dating from 2018.
Ryanair unveils new domestic routes from Edinburgh
Ryanair is taking full advantage of the halving of domestic Air Passenger Duty on 6th April by aggressively rolling out new domestic flights.
Edinburgh is a big beneficiary, with four new routes being officially announced this week:
- Edinburgh to Belfast – 10 flights per week
- Edinburgh to Bournemouth – 4 flights per week
- Edinburgh to Newquay – 2 flights per week
- Edinburgh to London Stansted – 17 flights per week
We were not provide with service dates or flight times, so a poke around on the Ryanair website will be required.
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.