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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.
    Looking to lose 30lb by 28th April 2017. 16lb gone since 13th June, 14lb to go.



    • 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.
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