EasyJet Trials ‘Free’ Lounge Access at Gatwick

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EasyJet is offering free lounge access to their Gateway Lounge at Gatwick Airport for all Flexifare customers travelling from London Gatwick between 1st September and 30th November 2022.

EasyJet’s first airport lounge opened last summer in collaboration with No. 1 Lounges at Gatwick’s North Terminal. It offers a buffet and hot and cold drinks including wine and spirits. There is also space for families with a TV den and games room to keep the little ones entertained. Flexifare passengers will be able to use the lounge for up to 3 hours.

Is this really free?

Sort of…

It only applies to Flexifare ticket holders (and is currently only a trial until the end of November). It is a genuine improvement if you were going to book a flexible fare anyway, but flexible fares are almost always hugely more expensive than standard fares.

It’s important to understand that standard fare passengers can also book access to the lounge for just £18.99.

Flexifares offer additional benefits including fast-track security, a large cabin bag and a 23kg hold bag, but what you are really paying the (often £100s) extra for, is the ability to cancel or change your flight.

Ali Gayward, EasyJet’s UK Country Manager said in a press release yesterday:

“We are always looking for new ways to offer travellers more choice and great value, so we’re delighted to have launched this trial, offering FLEXIfare customers travelling from London Gatwick access to The Gateway Lounge between now and November, in addition to the great range of extras our customers enjoy when they book a FLEXIfare.

“The Gateway Lounge offer all the essentials to make work a breeze, or somewhere for the whole family to relax and unwind before jetting off. So, whatever the reason for travel, the lounge is the destination for customers wanting to get their trip off to a perfect start.”

Bottom line

Being able to escape from the chaos of an airport by having access to a soothing lounge can be a great start to any trip. However, unless you need to book a flexible fare anyway, £19 worth of lounge access doesn’t really move the dial from a value perspective.

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