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The new Bristol Airport lounge will still be in Priority Pass

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As we covered a few weeks ago, there are changes afoot for users of Bristol Airport.

Operation of the lounges has passed to Manchester Airports Group, via its CAVU subsidiary.

From 1st May, the existing Aspire and AspirePlus lounges at the airport have switched to:

  • an Escape lounge (mass market)
  • a 1903 lounge (premium)
The new Bristol Airport lounge will still be in Priority Pass

The Priority Pass website says that, despite previous feedback, you CAN access the Escape lounge with your Priority Pass card. However, the website also carries a warning that access will be restricted. We understand that the airport has agreed a contract with On The Beach which is presumably more lucrative and will take up much of its capacity.

What the Priority Pass website doesn’t tell you, however, is that the Escape lounge remains closed for now. Whilst 1903 is open, you can’t book the Escape lounge for cash until 1st June.

The opening hours of the Escape lounge will be 3.30am to 7.30pm when it finally opens.

Cash rates are an ambitious £37 for the Escape lounge and £45 for 1903. Children are banned from the 1903 lounge.

You can find out more on the airport website here.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2023)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK 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.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

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

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

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

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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (20)

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  • MrMcBurger says:

    The 1903 is on the website for £35.99 if you pre-book.
    However it is only giving me availability for the Escape lounge for £29.99
    Amex Plat access is what is holding me up applying for a card, as BRS is my airport of choice for short haul.

  • Occasional Ranter says:

    Bristol lounge had actually improved from mediocre to mildly pleasant last time I visited, 2 months ago. But I’ve been turned away on my pp card 2 out of the 4 times I’ve visited in last 2 years. Would say it was worth about £15 max for a visit, given other food and drink options in airport.

    • His Holyness says:

      £15 -a pint and a sandwich from WHSmith then?

  • Greg says:

    1903 lounge is available on my Barclays Dragon Pass. Looking forward to trying it next week,

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