The Luxurious Clubrooms Lounge at Luton Airport Joins Priority Pass — With a Catch

Jul 19, 2019

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London Luton Airport (LTN) isn’t known as being the most comfortable or luxurious airport in the UK. It’s mostly a confusing, crowded shed allowing ultra-low-cost airlines to operate flights as cheaply as possible. Luton does have an airport lounge, which the few airlines that offer a business class from the airport, like El Al, use for their premium and elite status passengers.

This lounge, the Aspire Lounge, can also be accessed by Priority Pass members. While some lounge is always better than no lounge — especially at an airport like Luton — the lounge is hardly ‘aspirational’. It is small, crowded, tables are often piled high with dirty dishes, it can have disappointing food options (the bean salad was completely frozen last time I tried it) and they often restrict access to Priority Pass members at peak times.

Aspire Lounge hot food. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy)

Luton has built a second lounge and it is a significant step up from the Aspire lounge. It is a Clubrooms-branded lounge, which you may have seen at other airports like Gatwick (LGW) and Birmingham (BHX). This is less like a space for passengers to grab a quick drink and scoff down some pre-made food. Instead, it is more like a luxury hotel lobby or restaurant that guests can look forward to truly relaxing in.

Clubrooms lounges have not traditionally been accessible to Priority Pass members, as they are marketed at different types of passengers. They promise comfort and peace, which is not something that can be achieved by opening the doors to as many people as possible. Instead, most passengers pay a substantial access fee of up to £50 per person either in advance or at the door. In exchange for this steep entry price, guests can expect luxurious surrounds, a full bar with fine wines and spirits and al a carte dining options.

Clubrooms Lounge Luton. Photo by
Clubrooms Lounge Luton. Photo by Clubrooms

The great news is that Clubrooms at Luton (LTN) is the first and only Clubrooms lounge to join Priority Pass. The catch is that members must pay an additional £10 supplement in addition to their membership to enter. Given the high standard of other Clubrooms lounges, this should be a sensible investment if you have some time to kill in what is otherwise a hectic and not-otherwise-relaxing airport experience. Clubrooms should be a noticeably better experience than other Priority Pass lounges.

Priority Pass has confirmed to TPG UK that Luton is the only Clubrooms lounge that will be accessible to Priority Pass members and is subject to capacity. It is located near Gate 17 and is open from 4:30am to 9:30pm daily. Children under five are not permitted, and you can access the lounge up to three hours before your flight.

Featured image by Clubrooms.

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