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Which 10 UK airport lounges can now be pre-booked by Priority Pass cardholders?

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Many UK airport lounges, particularly in London, are now so busy that it is hard to get in at peak times using a lounge club card such as Priority Pass. This was particularly acute last year, when travel roared back but many lounges had yet to re-open.

To combat this issue, Priority Pass has been working with lounges to let you pre-book slots for £6. Whilst not ideal, it does at least guarantee you a spot when you want it.

Priority Pass has recently loaded five more UK airport lounges into the reservation system, taking the total that offer pre-booked timeslots to ten. It is worth noting that Priority Pass has an indirect shareholding in all ten.

You can pre-book all the following lounges on the Priority Pass pre-book website here. There is also a link to this page in the Priority Pass app on the page for each participating lounge.

You can also make reservations if you have a Lounge Key card via a HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard.

10 UK lounges you can pre-book with Priority Pass

10 UK lounges you can pre-book with Priority Pass

Heathrow Terminal 3

Three lounges are available to pre-book at Heathrow – two in Terminal 3 and one in Terminal 5:

Club Aspire Lounge Heathrow Terminal 3 (review here): opened in 2016, the lounge can accommodate just over 120 guests and is located near Gate 9. In addition to all the usual amenities (wifi, food and drinks including wines and spirits) the lounge also features showers, a quiet zone and (most importantly!) runway views. Reservations are £6.

No1 Lounge Heathrow Terminal 3 (review here): this is a bigger facility than Club Aspire and opened in 2011. This lounge features 12 bedroom pods for transiting passengers – the first of their kind in the UK – as well as showers and a spa. The 10-seat cinema/TV lounge is still operational, whilst food, drinks and wifi are standard. Reservations are £6.

Heathrow Terminal 5

Club Aspire Lounge Heathrow Terminal 5 (review here): this is the only Priority Pass lounge available at Heathrow Terminal 5 – the only other independent lounge is the Plaza Premium, which is a mirror image of this one (Plaza Premium accepts American Express Platinum cards and DragonPass but not Priority Pass). The Club Aspire is a relatively narrow lounge located on a thin terrace near Gate 18. Whilst the natural light and airiness is excellent – it is open to the wider terminal – it is often overcrowded. Reservations are £6.

10 UK lounges you can pre-book with Priority Pass

Gatwick North

Clubrooms Gatwick North (review coming this month): Clubrooms is the top-tier lounge brand in No1 Lounge stable with table service and a la carte dining. As such, Priority Pass charges an additional £15 fee on the door even if you’re not pre-booking in advance. Whilst the food and service here are undoubtedly premium, the windowless room means that it feels like you’re in a basement. Reservations are £15 and include fast-track security.

No1 Lounge Gatwick North (review here): At almost 1000 square metres this is a large facility with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows occupying what used to be the lower floor of the British Airways lounge. Inside you’ll find a spa and showers available for an extra charge, as well as a small kids play area and a cinema / TV lounge. Reservations are £6 and include fast-track security.

10 UK lounges you can pre-book with Priority Pass

Gatwick South

My Lounge Gatwick South (review here): My Lounge is the cheapest of No1 Lounges brands but that doesn’t mean that the company has cut costs on the design. It looks trendy with industrial-style design, (fake) exposed brickwork and the like. It’s not huge but has been partitioned into a variety of rooms. It also features – uniquely – an outdoor terrace. A small buffet is available, as are self-pour wines and spirits. Reservations are £6 and include fast-track security.

No1 Lounge Gatwick South (review here): Another No1 Lounge, it is relatively small and can therefore get quite busy, particularly during peak times. If you can get in you’ll be treated to a bright, open stylishly designed space with wrap-around windows and warm wood and leather furniture. A central bar dishes out alcohol, although you’ll have to pay for anything more than the basics. A makeshift buffet serves food. There are toilets but no showers. Reservations are £6 and include fast-track security.

Clubrooms Gatwick South (review here): This is the original Clubrooms lounge and opened in 2015. Originally intended to offer genuinely private club rooms, the model has changed somewhat and it now offers a typical lounge experience but with premium table service and an a la carte menu. As at Gatwick North, you’ll need to pay a £15 additional fee whether you reserve in advance or not, so it’s worth pre-booking to get fast-track security bundled in. Reservations are £15 and include fast-track security.

10 UK lounges you can pre-book with Priority Pass

Birmingham Airport

Clubrooms Birmingham (review here): Close to Gate 54, the Clubrooms at Birmingham Airport opened in 2019. Blue wood panelling, large windows and a parquet floor mean this lounge really does make you forget you’re at an airport. As with other Clubrooms, a la carte dining and table service mean you don’t even need to get up. Image above. Reservations are £15.

No1 Lounge Birmingham (review here): Last refurbished in 2019, this No1 Lounge features an unusual mezzanine level with sofas in addition to its dining area and armchairs. A meeting room, TV room and private room can be pre-booked, whilst a small buffet is on offer with alcoholic drinks available from behind the bar – although expect to pay more for champagne or prosecco. Reservations are £6.


You can now pre-book access at 10 UK Priority Pass lounges. Whilst this comes at an additional fee, it does guarantee you entry and at Gatwick you’ll even be able to use fast track security.

If you want to visit a Clubrooms lounge, reservations are a no-brainer. The fee is the same as the supplement you would need to pay on the door anyway, and at Gatwick you get fast track security included.

To pre-book, head to the Priority Pass pre-booking site here (branded as No1 Lounges, confusingly).

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 (91)

  • GaryC says:

    There is something more going on here than simply lounges being at capacity. This post is timely since I’m travelling through Gatwick North Terminal today, and once again there is a notice outside the No. 1 lounge that it’s at full capacity, with a QR code to scan to join the queue if you are a card holder but didn’t pre book. Scan the code, join the queue – they want your flight time when you do so – and not for the first time I get a ping to enter about 1h 15min before departure.

    Head to the lounge, and it is not even close to capacity, not by a country mile. There are huge sections of it either empty or close to empty and I have pictures to prove. There are some people on the sofa sections (this is busiest area, but still loads of sofa space free), 1 person occupying a seat at the bar, and I count 2 people in the dining area which must have capacity for about 50. The study area is empty and the library area is empty with a closed sign.

    This is not a one off, it’s something I’ve experienced on several previous occasions. Whether it’s due to lack of staff and needing a particular ratio of staff to customer, basic poor management, or a cynical attempt to minimise the time (and hence the food and drink consumption) of priority pass card holders from whom they didn’t extra the extra £6, I have no idea. Whatever the reason, it’s not customer focused and I’ve previously fed back to Amex it’s a disincentive to maintain their platinum card.

    If the lounge actually delivered on its potential – it’s a decent size and a nice light space – then maybe I’d be more bothered. But I don’t find the standard of cleanliness and the quality of food much to worry about missing.

  • Occasional Ranter says:

    Cancelled my AMEX bus plat last month. Told AMEX number one reason for doing so is that priority pass not as valuable as it should be, tired of being turned away or asked to pay extra.

  • Martin says:

    My experiences with PP mirror GaryC’s, in the USA and UK. Made to queue every time, noticing no one leaving the lounge, and then when finally allowed entry, it’s been virtually empty inside. As far as I’m concerned it’s a scam and I place no value on the card it’s become too much hassle and pot luck to use.

    If PP won’t pay the price these lounges want; they should withdraw from the PP scheme.

  • Roy says:

    Out of curiosity, when did T5 Aspire become a Club Aspire?

    • Rob says:

      Always was from Day 1, I think. Club Aspire means that Collinson / Priority Pass is a 50% shareholder alongside Swissport, which owns the Aspire brand.

      • Roy says:

        I’m not so sure, Rob. I did a bit of digging on the Swissport lounge website ( with the wayback machine and looking at the JavaScript source of the dropdowns, and it looks like it used to be listed as Aspire (unlike T3 which was always Club Aspire). Looks like the Swissport site was updated not long before COVID.

        Also, at some point in the dim and distant past you created this post on HfP:

        • Roy says:

          In fact, as far as I can tell from Google, when it first opened it was called Aspire: The Lounge & Spa. But that’s probably before I took an interest in miles and points (and lounges), I think.

          I do have a very strong recollection though that when I started reading HfP one of the LHR lounges was Aspire and the other Club Aspire. Unfortunate it’s hard to search old HfP articles given most of them will have been updated multiple times over the years…

      • Roy says:

        Ok, Rob, you were right 😀. Although I was also kind of right 😀

        Looks like the T5 lounge was always part of the Swissport/Collinson JV. In fact it was the first lounge opened by the JV. So much so, that it actually predates the “Club Aspire” branding – hence the confusion!

  • Kieron34 says:

    I am just trying to book No.1 Lounge Gatwick South for my partner and 3-year-old son. The website is quoting £26 and premium security is an additional £5. This seems ridiculous. By the way the link in the article no longer works. I used this one

    • Rob says:

      Thanks, will fix during the day.

      • Kieron34 says:

        The price of reserving has doubled. And no inclusive premium security at Gatwick (an additional £5 per person). Makes me seriously consider ditching my Amex Platinum.

        • Rob says:

          Just saw this. The text still says ‘premium security included’ so it could be an IT error as it uses the same check-out functionality as the main site. Rhys has just reserved Gatwick No1 for Monday without paying the £5 so lets see.

          • Kieron34 says:

            And now when I book the price has gone back to £6 each. So that’s better. I wonder what happened this morning on their website.

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