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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

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
Club Aspire Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
My Lounge Inside security Bar, snacks, iMacs, PlayStation, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
No1 Lounge Gatwick Inside security Premium food, bar, sports lounge, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
Clubrooms Inside security Premium food, bar, premium security, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use
Emirates Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines Emirates first-class or business-class passengers and Emirates Skywards Gold members
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Inside security Premium food, bar, spa, showers, newspapers and magazines Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members

Gatwick South terminal lounges

Location Facilities Entrance criteria
No1 Lounge Gatwick Inside security Premium food, bar, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
My Lounge Inside security Bar, snacks, outdoor terrace, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use or with a Priority Pass
Clubrooms Inside security Bar, snacks, newspapers and magazines Pay-per-use
British Airways Club Lounge Inside security Premium food, bar, showers, newspapers and magazines British 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 Lounge Inside security Bar, snacks, newspapers and magazines British Airways First passenger, Gold British Airways Executive Club member or oneworld Emerald member.
Regus Express Business Lounge Outside security Meeting rooms, showers, tea and coffee, newspapers and magazines Pay-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 including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • 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
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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
The Platinum Card® from American Express
None
100,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 6 months, plus 10x points at US gas stations and US supermarkets on up to $15,000 in combined purchases in the same timeframe
10x points at US gas stations and US supermarkets on up to $15,000 combined in the first 6 months, 15x points on directly-booked flights or on flights and hotels on Amex Travel. 1x points on all other purchases. Starting January 1, 2021, your 15x points on flights will be capped on up to $500,000 annually (then 1x points).
One of the most valuable premium travel cards, featuring two welcome offers worth up to $4,500, multiple travel credits and unrivaled lounge access. Rates & fees
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
Get a generous $300 in annual travel credits, 3x points on travel and dining, and a 50% bonus on point redemptions with Chase's premier card.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
None
100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months, plus earn 25,000 after the first anniversary of card membership (offer expires 1/13/2021)
6x points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels, 3x at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines and 2x for all other purchases
Earn 100,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 or more within your first 3 months, plus earn 25,000 after the first anniversary of card membership (offer expires 1/13/2021). 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.
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
None
130,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months
12x points on Hilton Portfolio spending, 6x at US restaurants, US supermarkets and US gas stations, 3x on all other purchases
With a big welcome offer worth up to $650, up to 12x points on spending, and free Gold status, this is an upgrade from the entry Hilton card. Rates & fees
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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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