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A Priority Pass lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5 for Amex Plat and Citi Prestige

by on Wed August 5, 2015 • 2 Comments
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Priority Pass members now have access to a lounge in Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5, home to most British Airways flights.

The Aspire Lounge is the first independent lounge to open at Heathrow Terminal 5, and prior to this the only way you could get lounge access in the terminal was to fly Business or First Class on British Airways, or be a OneWorld Sapphire or Emerald member.

This is great news as it’s one of the most common lounge queries we get.

It’s located next to gate A18 in the center of the main terminal on the lower level (British Airways lounges are one level above).

It’s fully featured with showers, food, a full bar, and paid spa services, making it one of the nicest Priority Pass lounges available.

It also happens to be owned by the company that runs Priority Pass, so it’s their ‘house’ lounge. Other Aspire lounges are in

Some downsides are:

  • Access is limited to 3 hours per visit so if you have a really long layover it’s not a perfect option.
  • Some food options are not free
  • Some bar options are not free

You can see a full menu of food and drink options here (check the right hand column). You can expect pasta, smoked salmon, and soup for free, while more hearty meals like salmon and beef are available for about 7 pounds.

If you’re a scotch lover there’s single malt available at no charge.

And it looks great in photos:

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Priority Pass access comes with several credit cards, most notably the Citi Prestige Card and The Platinum Card from American Express.

The Citi Prestige is unique because it lets you bring 2 guests for free with each visit.

The Priority Pass membership that comes with The Platinum Card from American Express makes you pay $27 for each guest you bring. But The Platinum Card also gives you access to American Express Centurion Lounges as well as Delta SkyClubs.

The Citi Prestige includes access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs for you and 2 guests.

Both cards have a $450 annual fee, but the Citi Prestige offers an annual $250 air travel credit that is automatically applied to any air travel you charge to your card.

The Platinum Card has an annual $200 airline fee credit, but you have to manually select a single airline for the whole credit and the cost of tickets isn’t eligible for the credit. You can only use the credit to offset fees like those for baggage, change, and other miscellaneous airline expenses.

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