Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Traveling through London Heathrow Airport with a Priority Pass card? If you find yourself in Terminal 5, you'll be able to hangout inside the Aspire Lounge.
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Ever heard of Priority Pass?
No? Well it is a network of worldwide lounges and restaurants. You can purchase a membership package directly through the Priority Pass website or be automatically granted a free Priority Pass Select membership that comes with certain luxury credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Are you a Priority Pass member?
If you are great, then you know how great of a benefit it is while traveling. From lounge access to free food and gifts at various airports world-wide, it's a valuable perk to have.
If you aren't a Priority Pass member yet, you're in luck. You can sign up using my Priority Pass affiliate link here and save 20% your first year. As a member you have access to over 1,000 lounges world-wide!
My advice is to get the free Priority Pass Select membership when you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card.
The main difference between the Priority Pass Prestige and the Priority Pass Select membership is that if you bring a guest to a lounge it will cost you $32 per guest (through Standard, Standard Plus & Prestige) versus free access for guests (through Select).
The other huge benefit is that some airports also have participating restaurants, bistros and bars that offer each member and their guest(s) a credit of $28 each.
Disclaimer: Please note that lounges and restaurants which exceed their seating limit will use their own discretion in allowing Priority Pass members and their guests.
Priority Pass Aspire Lounge - London Heathrow Terminal 5
If you've traveled or are currently traveling through the London Heathrow Airport, you understand how big of an airport this is. If you are flying with British Airlines you'll most likely be flying in and out of Terminal 5.
After you pass the multi-layered security area, you'll head downstairs to head toward the Priority Pass Aspire Lounge, which is next to Gate A18.
This lounge is U-shaped. I think it's poorly laid out because it's very narrow with lot's of choke points. So expect to rub elbows with other passengers. If you can find a seat, make sure you grab it fast because having a place to sit is a high-priority in this lounge.
Food and drink
The food and drinks options aren't too bad. For the food expect cold dishes like cold cut meats, cheese, macaroni salads and basic veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers. If you happen to fly during breakfast hours, you'll be treated to a nice spread of fried eggs, hard boiled eggs, bacon, sausage and yummy stewed tomatoes.
I think the highlight of this lounge is their bar. They have a decent selection of wine and liquor. You can get a very good buzz before your flight because they aren't stingy with their pours.
Bathroom and showers
If you need to use the bathroom, you'll have to exit the Aspire Lounge and use the terminal bathrooms. Here's a little secret though...
There are two slightly hidden showers right by the check-in counter. The bigger one on the left is big enough to fit about 3 people, so if you are traveling with a small family, you can bathe your kids with room to spare. The smaller shower on the right is comfortable enough for just one person. Yes, they both have toilets in these showers, so you'll have some peace and quiet doing your thing.
Overall, this is an average lounge. I don't like the layout very much, but they do have showers, decent food and great drinks. It's still better than waiting in the busy London Heathrow Terminal 5 that's for sure.