No sooner had we run this article on the 19 UK airport lounges which can be pre-booked from £6 with a Priority Pass, the entire UK Aspire lounge network has now become bookable.
Another 11 UK lounges can now be booked in advance if you are happy to pay.
This takes us to 30 UK airport lounges which you can now pre-book. This covers the majority of the independent airport lounges in the UK, with only a handful holding out.
You can buy a Priority Pass via its website here. Alternatively, American Express offers two routes to a Priority Pass:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (currently with a 30,000 points sign-up bonus and FIRST YEAR FREE – read more here) comes with a Priority Pass offering four free lounge visits. You can use all four yourself or use them for a mix of yourself and others travelling with you. Extra visits beyond four are charged at £24. You get a further four free visits each year when you renew Preferred Rewards Gold. You can apply here.
- The Platinum Card (currently with a 100,000 points sign-up bonus – read more here) comes with TWO Priority Pass cards. You receive one and your supplementary cardholder receives one. Each allows UNLIMITED free lounge visits with a guest – so a family of four is covered if your partner gets your supplementary card. Apply here.
Where does Aspire have airport lounges in the UK?
Aspire currently operates lounges at the following airports which are now available for pre-booking:
- Belfast City Airport Aspire Lounge
- Birmingham Airport Aspire Lounge
- Birmingham Aspire Airport Lounge [South]
- Edinburgh Airport Aspire Lounge (Gate 4)
- Edinburgh Airport Aspire Lounge (Gate 16)
- Humberside Airport Aspire Lounge
- Inverness Airport Aspire Lounge
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport Aspire Lounge
- Manchester Terminal 1 – Aspire Airport Lounge
- Manchester Terminal 2 – Aspire Airport Lounge
- Newcastle Airport Aspire Lounge
Club Aspire, No1 Lounge, Clubrooms and My Lounge can also now be pre-booked via the Priority Pass app, although these lounges have been pre-bookable via the No1 Lounges website for some time.
Luton is not included because Aspire’s contract to manage it expires next week.
Effective immediately, you can reserve a spot in the 11 lounges above via the Priority Pass app or website. This guarantees that you receive access, irrespective of how busy the lounge is.
To book, simply search the Priority Pass app or website for the airport you want. Under the lounge description you will see this:
All bookings are flexible. You can cancel up to 48 hours before the start of your booking and receive a full refund.
Within 48 hours, and for any new booking made within 48 hours or arrival, you cannot cancel.
Reservations may not be available at peak hours where Priority Pass guests have always been refused access due to lack of capacity. Nothing will change here. Priority Pass is the last rung on the ladder for an independent lounge, which will always be paid more (up to 3x more) if it can sell its seats directly to airlines for their premium customers or to passengers via their own websites.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2024)
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.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £24. 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 gets you get a free Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network. Guests are charged at £24 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.