Cheap airport lounge access

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Overseas Holidays & Travel Planning
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  • bones85bones85 Forumite
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    The lounges in manchester airport, regarding the complimentary drinks, are these unlimited?
  • PeacefulWatersPeacefulWaters Forumite
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    bones85 wrote: »
    The lounges in manchester airport, regarding the complimentary drinks, are these unlimited?

    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.
  • SCROOGESCROOGE Forumite
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    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_PugwashCapt_Pugwash Forumite
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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 :T
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    Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    edited 26 May 2017 at 10:51AM
    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.
    [STRIKE]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. [/STRIKE]

    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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  • stevie11stevie11 Forumite
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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 :T
    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
  • jlfrsjlfrs Forumite
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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.
  • leylandsunaddictleylandsunaddict Forumite
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    AndreaR39 wrote: »
    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

    Gutted. Really? You've dodged a bullet lol. They're not worth paying for. There's no Eclipse lounge at MAN.
  • mykingfumykingfu Forumite
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    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!
  • leylandsunaddictleylandsunaddict Forumite
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    jlfrs wrote: »
    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.

    Plenty of things on the menu in the MAN pay to enter lounges that are included in the cost. Also no washing facilities, well no more than you get if you don't use a lounge lol.
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