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    • MSE Sally
    • By MSE Sally 6th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
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    Cheap airport lounge access
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    • 6th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
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    Cheap airport lounge access 6th Mar 17 at 4:10 PM


    Hi folks

    We've written a new Cheap Airport Lounge Access guide and would love your feedback on your top lounges as well as any other tips you've got to get in free or cheaply. The lounges to avoid would also be helpful!

    Thank you

    MSE Sally
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    • SandC
    • By SandC 19th Apr 17, 12:48 PM
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    It's only about £20 for the Manchester lounges, you can possibly get a discount of up to £3 with various websites (strangely I seem to find the best deals with Saga).

    It's only been the past few years that the alcohol hasn't been self served, and I believe in some of them you can still help yourself to a beer or cider from the fridge. It's quite sensible to have it like any other bar and be served that way, although at times they do seem a little short staffed so there can be a bit of a wait.

    Time restrictions still apply, think the limit is 3 hours.

    I first decided to use them regularly after a flight I had from Gatwick and the airport was rammed, queues out of every restaurant and bar and just too many people around. It made it far more relaxing!
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 20th Apr 17, 2:23 AM
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    I would be amazed if any airline gave free vouchers for lounges. Most arent run by the airlines and the others are for business class or elite members so can't imagine they would want anyone in there.
    As said before get either an Amex gold, or even better the Amex platinum. The priority pass is excellent and have used mine at least 12 times in the last two months,
    Originally posted by newuser86
    Maple Leaf Lounges are Air Canada properties. So, they are probably as bad as the airline when it comes to service.
    • AndreaR39
    • By AndreaR39 23rd May 17, 10:21 PM
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    We tried to book an airport lounge at Manchester airport for 9 of us travelling to New York in September 2017 back in Jan/Feb and was told that they had no availability- I find this pretty hard to believe given the length of notice of booking! We thought it would be a lovely start to our 40th birthday celebrations, however after numerous emails and phone calls we were massively let down -gutted doesn't even cover it obviously our money isn't "good enough" you would think that businesses in this current climate wouldn't turn down the best part of £200 for a maximum stay of approx 2hrs (duty free shopping and security would take most of the time up before we even got to the lounge) They even stipulate that if you are all on the same flight booking you may be refused entry to the lounge if you all book separately. Poor show on behalf of Aspire and Eclipse Lounges at Manchester Airport - as I said totally gutted
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 23rd May 17, 11:00 PM
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    as I said totally gutted
    Originally posted by AndreaR39
    Maybe its time to get a reality check, if being denied access to an airport lounge has such an effect on you.



    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 23rd May 17, 11:41 PM
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    AndreaR39 imo you are not missing much with those lounges anyway, a couple of drinks and snacks/nibbles for your £20. It is not worth ruining your holiday, why don't you spend your £20 in one of the bars where there is probably more atmosphere.
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 24th May 17, 4:17 AM
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    We tried to book an airport lounge at Manchester airport for 9 of us travelling to New York in September 2017 back in Jan/Feb and was told that they had no availability- I find this pretty hard to believe given the length of notice of booking!
    Originally posted by AndreaR39
    The airport is due to enter a £1bn rebuilding investment programme. It's not impossible that the lounge(s) you want is closed for that sort of reason.

    We thought it would be a lovely start to our 40th birthday celebrations
    I quite like an airport lounge. But most provide fairly basic facilities that offer unexceptional value for money, very limited food options and, when they're busy, lose any feeling of exclusivity.

    however after numerous emails and phone calls we were massively let down -gutted doesn't even cover it obviously our money isn't "good enough" you would think that businesses in this current climate wouldn't turn down the best part of £200 for a maximum stay of approx 2hrs
    Manchester Airport is a highly profitable operation "in this climate". I'd be confident that the lounges simply aren't available for booking at this point in time, rather than being sold out.

    Poor show on behalf of Aspire and Eclipse Lounges at Manchester Airport - as I said totally gutted
    I used the Escape lounge in T3 last week. It was heaving and average. Hot food was limited to a steak and kidney pie. The Aspire Lounge in T1 is a tad classier. I note that these two terminals have lounge availability for a random date I chose in September. T2 doesn't. I assume you're flying United Airlines.

    My suggestions would be try booking again nearer the time - if it is building work it may be rescheduled. Try booking a lounge in the USA for the return leg. Or screw lounges, they're not all that marvellous anyway, and find a large corner of a bar and sink a few celebratory ones.

    It's not worth being gutted for. Really.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 24th May 17, 6:35 AM
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    We tried to book an airport lounge at Manchester airport for 9 of us travelling to New York in September 2017
    Originally posted by AndreaR39
    As has been said I would not be totally gutted as these lounges are hardly Oasis of tranquility, nor possibly worth the money.

    Headforpoints has a lounge review which may cover the ones in Manchester you were looking at.

    Have a read and decide if that's what you want to pay for.

    Which Airline are you flying with?
    • Rickster1978
    • By Rickster1978 24th May 17, 7:28 AM
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    Caxton FX
    I didn't see the Caxton FX lounge offer in the article.

    If you have a Caxton FX travel card you can get up to 40% off lounges. It's certainly worth a look as it's a decent offer and may be worth mentioning in the article.
    • davidfthorn
    • By davidfthorn 24th May 17, 7:41 AM
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    Priority Pass
    We get Priority Pass cards as part of our NatWest Black bank account. We pay £28 pm for the account and the benefits, including free access to lounges worldwide.

    You would think that membership of a scheme to gain lounge access would give you "priority access" as the name of the scheme suggests.

    We have found that not to be the case.

    Often we have been refused access (even though we have paid). At Aspire Gatwick North we arrived early at the lounge, which was almost empty, but were told we were 25 mins too early. At Cancun for our return we were refused access unless we paid again at the door !

    Complained to Priority Pass, phoned by an agent who hadn't even read the written complaint in full. Complained again in writing and got no reply. So, don't expect customer service from Priority Pass either.

    Advice - don't bother trying to get free passes or buying in to an access scheme. Just pay at the door.
    • Teeyoreink
    • By Teeyoreink 24th May 17, 10:18 AM
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    Has anyone used Glasgow airport lounge, is it true that you are limited to 3 drinks each
    • drewomega
    • By drewomega 24th May 17, 10:42 AM
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    Has anyone used Glasgow airport lounge, is it true that you are limited to 3 drinks each
    Originally posted by Teeyoreink
    I was there a few weeks ago and there was no mention of limited drinks. The lounge has changed to a bar service so you have to wait sometimes depending how busy it is.
    • bones85
    • By bones85 25th May 17, 9:07 AM
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    The lounges in manchester airport, regarding the complimentary drinks, are these unlimited?
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 25th May 17, 9:48 AM
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    The lounges in manchester airport, regarding the complimentary drinks, are these unlimited?
    Originally posted by bones85
    Subject to not being unfit to fly, yes. Things like Prosecco are chargeable.

    Beers tend to be help yourself from the fridge. From memory a small selection of wines are DIY too. Spirits poured at the bar.

    Unless you're in the BA lounge. That was al DIY last year with an excellent range of spirits.
    • SCROOGE
    • By SCROOGE 25th May 17, 2:45 PM
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    Manchester t2 lounges
    I've used Priority Pass for years but am finding now that access is being denied because some lounges have chosen to fill up with one-off bookings, usually people on cheap holiday flights, putting PP customers at the end of the food chain. Often access to T2 Escape (the old one) was restricted to ridiculously short periods, or denied completely. (You also have to bear in mind the often short-staffed security operation at Manchester and the fact that low-cost airlines tend to call flights some 40 minutes before departure, further reducing the time available to spend in the lounge.) Now that airports have latched on to this money-spinner, the behaviour has also deteriorated: groups of young people determined to swill down as much booze as possible to get their money's worth, producing a thoroughly bad experience for the more discerning traveller; dress standards have gone to pot; and often you can't move for pushchairs and kids running around. The new Escape lounge in T2 is certainly bigger, so let's hope PP customers are getting a better deal. BTW, I had correspondence with PP about the problem and they offered cold comfort! Malaga is one of the best lounges in Europe for space and aesthetics, though the food offering is less than impressive and staff attitudes can be a little reminiscent of the former Communist block. The range of drinks is, however, good - though they did away with Cava years ago.
    • Capt Pugwash
    • By Capt Pugwash 25th May 17, 7:59 PM
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    No 1 Lounge discount...... Thanks MSE
    Just booked the No 1 Lounge in Birmingham airport for July and got the MSE25 discount....

    I am well pleased because it only cost me £39 for two instead of the £52 it would have normally cost. Thanks MSE
    Kindest regards
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 26th May 17, 2:24 AM
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    Could have sworn I edited my post last night but hey ...
    I didn't see the Caxton FX lounge offer in the article.

    If you have a Caxton FX travel card you can get up to 40% off lounges. It's certainly worth a look as it's a decent offer and may be worth mentioning in the article.
    Originally posted by Rickster1978
    I can't see that on the Caxton website. I've logged in as I have a prepayment card, and looked at the Caxton Plus product which doesn't mention airport lounges.

    The link for that offer is here. You don't have to be logged in to see it, but I believe you will have to show your Caxton card on arrival.

    BTW, anyone tempted by the Caxton Plus product, the medical insurance doesn't cover pre-existing conditions. Doesn't even seem to offer screening for them: just not offered!
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    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 26th May 17, 10:37 AM
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    Just booked the No 1 Lounge in Birmingham airport for July and got the MSE25 discount....

    I am well pleased because it only cost me £39 for two instead of the £52 it would have normally cost. Thanks MSE
    Originally posted by Capt Pugwash
    Visited the No1 lounge earlier this year and enjoyed the stay. Nice ambiance, views, seating area and bar. The food offerings were nice but the sizes of the menu dishes were pretty paltry plus high end drinks such as champagne were additional. Enjoy
    • jlfrs
    • By jlfrs 26th May 17, 3:25 PM
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    Hello everyone,

    Here's 2 tips: there's a 25% discount off all 3 Priority Pass subscriptions here:

    https://www.prioritypass.com/en/campaigns/ldn/keyword/anniversary?sourcecode=LON25YTAG&currency=GBP

    If you go to TopCashback first you'll get a further 10.5% off.

    Regarding what food and drinks are and aren't included in all lounges, the golden rule of thumb is that anything on a menu is to be paid for.

    You will also find the quality of these lounges to be generally far lower than the ones you can access with a flight ticket where nothing needs to be paid for, period.

    In my opinion, the access to a comfy seat where I can work or sleep, washing facilities and free food and drink on demand are absolutely worth the money, particularly for long haul.
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 26th May 17, 3:41 PM
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    We tried to book an airport lounge at Manchester airport for 9 of us travelling to New York in September 2017 back in Jan/Feb and was told that they had no availability- I find this pretty hard to believe given the length of notice of booking! We thought it would be a lovely start to our 40th birthday celebrations, however after numerous emails and phone calls we were massively let down -gutted doesn't even cover it obviously our money isn't "good enough" you would think that businesses in this current climate wouldn't turn down the best part of £200 for a maximum stay of approx 2hrs (duty free shopping and security would take most of the time up before we even got to the lounge) They even stipulate that if you are all on the same flight booking you may be refused entry to the lounge if you all book separately. Poor show on behalf of Aspire and Eclipse Lounges at Manchester Airport - as I said totally gutted
    Originally posted by AndreaR39
    Gutted. Really? You've dodged a bullet lol. They're not worth paying for. There's no Eclipse lounge at MAN.
    • mykingfu
    • By mykingfu 26th May 17, 3:42 PM
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    Worst airport lounge ever - Skyteam heathrow t4
    I have stayed in many lounges and this one is not particularly cheap, but the service is awful and their customer service seems none existent. Avoid!
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