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A guide to Gatwick’s lounges and how to access them

Wait for your flight like a VIP — if you can get in.

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As the second busiest UK airport after Heathrow, Gatwick has lounges spread over its North and South Terminals. But access and availability can vary wildly.

How do I access Gatwick’s lounges?

While some lounges are accessible to all on a pay-per-use basis, some are only accessible to members of lounge programs, high-tier frequent flyers, premium credit cardholders or first-class or business-class passengers.

Most lounges offer drinks, food and newspapers and magazines at a minimum, while others go the extra mile with spas, showers, games consoles and even private rooms if you want to catch a few hours sleep between flights. One even has a landscaped outdoor terrace to get some fresh air before being cooped up in a plane for hours.

Gatwick North terminal lounges

LocationFacilitiesEntrance criteria
Club Aspire LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
My LoungeInside securityBar, snacks, iMacs, PlayStation, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
No1 Lounge GatwickInside securityPremium food, bar, sports lounge, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
ClubroomsInside securityPremium food, bar, premium security, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use
Emirates LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesEmirates first-class or business-class passengers and Emirates Skywards Gold members
Virgin Atlantic ClubhouseInside securityPremium food, bar, spa, showers, newspapers and magazinesVirgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members

Gatwick South terminal lounges

LocationFacilitiesEntrance criteria
No1 Lounge GatwickInside securityPremium food, bar, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
My LoungeInside securityBar, snacks, outdoor terrace, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
ClubroomsInside securityBar, snacks, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use
British Airways Club LoungeInside securityPremium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazinesBritish Airways First, Club World or Club Europe passengers, Silver or Gold British Airways Executive Club members or oneworld Sapphire or Emerald members.
British Airways First LoungeInside securityBar, snacks, newspapers and magazinesBritish Airways First passenger, Gold British Airways Executive Club member or oneworld Emerald member.
Regus Express Business LoungeOutside securityMeeting rooms, showers, tea and coffee, newspapers and magazinesPay-per-use

Read our guide to Heathrow lounges

Priority Pass

One way to gain access to a wide selection of lounges is with Priority Pass. You can get a credit card that offers membership or pay an annual fee to access 1,500 lounges across 140 countries. Depending on which membership you have, visits to lounges may be free or may require an extra per-visit fee.

When it comes to London Gatwick, Priority Pass includes access to five lounges with at least two in both terminals. As a member, you can access Gatwick lounges run by independent operators such as Aspire, MyLounge and No1 Lounges, as well as enjoy discounts at the Grain Store Café and Bar.

Using a credit card to access a lounge at Gatwick

Many premium credit cardholders can enjoy complimentary access to airport lounges without paying an entry fee. Some cards and lounges will also let you bring a guest or family members with you.

Additionally, some credit cards offer free membership to a lounge membership program, such as Priority Pass or LoungeKey, while some providers have their own branded lounges.

Our pick for Priority Pass

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
  • One Year Complimentary Lyft Pink ($199 minimum value). Complimentary DashPass subscription from DoorDash after activating by 12/31/21.
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Compare credit cards that offer lounge access

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Name Product Foreign transaction fee Welcome offer Rewards Filter values
United℠ Explorer Card
None
60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
2x miles at restaurants, hotels and United and 1x miles on all other purchases
60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
United Club℠ Infinite Card
None
100,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months
4x miles on United purchases, 2x miles on travel and dining and 1x miles on all other purchases
Get United Club membership with access for you and two guests at any United Club or Star Alliance lounge -- a value of up to $650 annually.
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
None
50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
10x points on Lyft rides, 3x points on dining and travel after earning your $300 travel credit and 1x points on all other purchases
Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
None
40,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
3x miles on direct Delta purchases and 1x miles on all other purchases
Earn 40,000 miles and 10,000 MQMs after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. Rates & fees
CardMatch™ from creditcards.com
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Bottom line

Gatwick airport offers a selection of airport lounges, each with its own entrance criteria. If you fly often, compare travel credit cards to find one that can help you both at the airport and after you arrive.

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