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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.

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.

Check out the table below to compare redit cards that offer lounge access.

Name Product Foreign transaction fee Welcome offer Rewards Filter values
The Platinum Card® from American Express
None
100,000 points after spending $6,000 in your first 6 months, plus 10x points at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the US on up to $25,000 in combined eligible purchases in the same timeframe
10x points at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the US on up to $25,000 combined in the first 6 months, 5x points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel, 5x points on directly-booked flights on up to $500,000 annually, then 1x points after that and on other eligible purchases

New Platinum Exclusive Offer

One of the most valuable premium travel cards, featuring two welcome offers worth up to $7,000 based on Finder's valuation, multiple travel credits and unrivaled lounge access. Terms apply, see rates & fees
Luxury Card Mastercard® Black Card™
None
N/A
1x points on all purchases with 2% point value when you redeem for airfare and 1.5% for cash back
Receive an annual $100 air travel credit toward flight-related purchases including airline tickets, baggage fees, upgrades and more.
Luxury Card Mastercard® Gold Card™
None
N/A
1x points on all purchases with 2% point value when you redeem for airfare or cash back
Earn 2% point value when redeemed for airfare or cash back through the Luxury rewards program.
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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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