Transport : Airport Lounges

In this article, we outline how to get into the Gatwick South airport lounges for free. We also outline which lounge is best, and which free credit card you need, to get free lounge access.

How To Get Into Gatwick South Airport Lounges For Free

You either need a Priority Pass or a Lounge Club Pass to get into decent airport lounges at Gatwick South. The FREE Amex Gold Card gets you two FREE Lounge Club visits, which will give you access to the No1 Airport Lounge and the Aspire Lounge in Gatwick’s South Terminal.

You can also collect British Airways Avios air miles with the free Amex Gold card. Contact me for a referral which will get you 22,000 Amex bonus points, 2,000 more than the usual offering, when you spend 2,000GBP in your first three months.

22,000 Amex Points converted to Avios on a 1:1 ratio is enough Avios to get return flights from London to Nice for two people!

Remember, you and your partner can both apply for the Amex Gold card which would get you 4 free Lounge Passes to use at Gatwick, plus 44,000 Amex points (if you spend 2,000GBP each) if you apply via our referral link. Contact me for the link with bonus points.

If you cancel these cards within 12 months, they will cost you nothing.

The new MyLounge in London Gatwick’s South Terminal has also just opened and the only card accepted for access is DragonPass. Lounge Club and Priority Pass will not get you entry.

Which Airlines Fly Out Of Gatwick South?

Aegean South
Aer Lingus
Air Arabia Maroc
Air Baltic
Air Europa
Air Malta
Air Transat
Aurigny Air Services
Austrian Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
China Airlines
Croatia Airlines
Enter Air
Flybe
Freebird
Germania
Iberia Intl Airline
Montenegro
Norwegian
Pegasus South
Ryanair
Sata International
Small Planet
Swiss International
Tap Air Portugal
Thomas Cook
Titan
Turkish Airlines
Ukraine Intl Airways
Vueling
Wizzair

If you are not flying in Business or First Class on these airlines you will not automatically have access to the associated airline’s lounges, so you will need to plan a lounge pass.

If you are flying Premium economy on Norwegian Airlines, it uses My Lounge for its Premium customers at Gatwick.

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How To Get Into Gatwick South Airport Lounges Cheap?

Other options are using a Priority Pass which comes free with Amex Platinum (which costs 450GBP/anum) or you can buy a Priority Pass.

Which lounge is best?

The BA First Lounge in Gatwick South is the best airport lounge at Gatwick. The BA Business Class Lounge in Gatwick’s South Terminal is also very good but you cannot access either of these lounges for cheap or free. You must be flying in Business or First on British Airways.

Which lounges can I Get Into With My Priority Pass Or Lounge Club passes?

The lounges that you can access for free at Gatwick South with your FREE Amex Gold Card two FREE Lounge Club visits include:

No1 Airport Lounge Review Gatwick South Terminal
Aspire Airport Lounge Gatwick South Terminal
My Lounge Gatwick South Terminal

Which Priority Pass/Lounge Club Airport Lounge is best In Gatwick South?

Of these lounges, No1 Airport Lounge Gatwick is the best followed by the Aspire Airport Lounge and My Lounge in Gatwick’s South Terminal which aren’t as good as the No 1 Lounge.

Gatwick Check-in times

It is also worth knowing checkin times. You need to arrive well in advance of your flight to ensure you have enough time to check in and drop off any hold luggage.

International / long-haul flights – check-in opens 4 hours prior to departure 60 minutes before scheduled flight departure.
European flights – check-in opens 3 hours prior to departure and closes 45 minutes before scheduled departure time.
Domestic flights (UK & Ireland) – check-in opens 2 hours prior to departure and closes 45 minutes before scheduled departure time.

You can also use self-service check-in with some airlines, where you can choose your seats and print boarding passes, as well as print out the baggage tags for checked luggage and attach them.

British Airways fly out of Gatwick South Terminal, not the South Terminal and I have reviewed British Airways Club Europe, Economy and long haul Business Class. I have also reviewed the two BA lounges at Gatwick below:

British Airways London Gatwick Airport Lounge Reviews

Review: British Airways Gatwick South First Class Lounge

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Review & Pictures Of Gatwick South British Airways Business Lounge

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The new British Airways Business lounge for Club passengers and First lounge is open at London Gatwick’s South Terminal and it is an absolute cracker. Following a late opening due to electrical teething troubles, the lounge is now fully functional… Read More.