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    Anyone used a lounge at Gatwick Airport?

    Might be flying from Gatwick in the near future and was just looking online at the lounge prices....one says £29 for 2 people and includes;
    "Comfortable seating. Television with Sky TV. Complimentary soft and alcoholic drinks (additional charge for Champagne). Enjoy wider selection of snacks including crisps, nuts, cakes and hot soups".
    Just think this is slightly odd.....£14.50 pp to have complimentary soft AND alcoholic drinks and (hopefully) less crowded seating areas seems a fab idea for me during the 2-3 hour wait.....
    Just think it seems too good to be true and wondered if anyone had any experience of it.....rep for little helpers as always

    lil_tigs x

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    Gatwick is my fav airport

    You dont need the luxury lounge. 2 hrs wait isnt long at all as the planes are called to board early anyway and you'll just have time to look round the shops or grab a drink or a magazine and you'll be boarding xx

    I always fly Virgin and in there lounge everything is free :-D

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    ClarityofMind;6892193

    Gatwick is my fav airport :)You dont need the luxury lounge. 2 hrs wait … Gatwick is my fav airport :)You dont need the luxury lounge. 2 hrs wait isnt long at all as the planes are called to board early anyway and you'll just have time to look round the shops or grab a drink or a magazine and you'll be boarding xx


    Airport lounges arent really my thing lol......and just thought (for the v cheap price) it could be an alternative if the 'normal' area is busy. I have emailed them anyways as the dress code is smart/casual and I know Ill be travelling in jeans lol I just think that I could EASILY drink £14 worth in a couple of hours (obviously without getting drunk). Seems a bargain as I expected the lounges to be about £50pp lol

    also I thought flights to america had a 3 hour wait time.....prob remembering wrong, been a while since I went there
    renown;6892195

    I always fly Virgin and in there lounge everything is free :-D


    If I fly I believe it will be with 'Air France' its the cheapest

    Banned

    Just dont get there too early and if you do, stroll around the shops. They already make enough money without giving them "tips".

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    guv;6892296

    Just dont get there too early and if you do, stroll around the shops. … Just dont get there too early and if you do, stroll around the shops. They already make enough money without giving them "tips".



    are there many shops there? Im a pretty nervous flyer and hate the HUGE windows in airports, seems the airport likes to tease me lol.....shops would help

    does anyone agree with me that it seems a good offer or is everyone in the 'save your money and stay in the 'normal' area camp :? even just for the free drinks? I cant get my head round them giving free alcohol :?

    lil_tiger;6892314

    are there many shops there? Im a pretty nervous flyer and hate the HUGE … are there many shops there? Im a pretty nervous flyer and hate the HUGE windows in airports, seems the airport likes to tease me lol.....shops would help does anyone agree with me that it seems a good offer or is everyone in the 'save your money and stay in the 'normal' area camp :? even just for the free drinks? I cant get my head round them giving free alcohol :?



    its not 'free' your paying to go there.... i agree with others, loads to look at anyway, time flies

    lil_tiger;6892270

    Airport lounges arent really my thing lol......and just thought (for the … Airport lounges arent really my thing lol......and just thought (for the v cheap price) it could be an alternative if the 'normal' area is busy. I have emailed them anyways as the dress code is smart/casual and I know Ill be travelling in jeans lol I just think that I could EASILY drink £14 worth in a couple of hours (obviously without getting drunk). Seems a bargain as I expected the lounges to be about £50pp lolalso I thought flights to america had a 3 hour wait time.....prob remembering wrong, been a while since I went there :)If I fly I believe it will be with 'Air France' its the cheapest



    they do! I forgot u going to ny xx

    when i travel with my lil man i let himrun round the airport like a mad thing he loves gettin on the plane and shouts out wheeeeeee on take off and then promptly falls asleep perfect lol

    im in bed now on my phone lol

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    loupomm;6892343

    its not 'free' your paying to go there.... i agree with others, loads to … its not 'free' your paying to go there.... i agree with others, loads to look at anyway, time flies


    hmmm....but I would happily pay £15 for a seat, lack of screaming kids and some snacks....so the drinks would be my freebie (in my head :p)
    ClarityofMind;6892348

    they do! I forgot u going to ny xxwhen i travel with my lil man i let … they do! I forgot u going to ny xxwhen i travel with my lil man i let himrun round the airport like a mad thing he loves gettin on the plane and shouts out wheeeeeee on take off and then promptly falls asleep perfect lolim in bed now on my phone lol



    lmao I wrote the above before reading this wont delete though cos I know you wont be offended...its just that when Im stressing over flying (GOD KNOWS how many hours it will be) I would rather not also have a headache caused by a kid lol

    I think Ill wait for the reply (re: the dress code) and wait to book the flights...then see how tempted I am.....Time might have something to do with it also....early morning I wont be drinking anything.....dinnertime/afternoon might be another story

    lil_tiger;6892314

    are there many shops there? Im a pretty nervous flyer and hate the HUGE … are there many shops there? Im a pretty nervous flyer and hate the HUGE windows in airports, seems the airport likes to tease me lol.....shops would help does anyone agree with me that it seems a good offer or is everyone in the 'save your money and stay in the 'normal' area camp :? even just for the free drinks? I cant get my head round them giving free alcohol :?



    theres loads n loads of shops and restaurants... its like a mini trafford centre. lol relax

    you dont need the lounge

    lol @ lack of screaming kids.

    It's the babies i feel sorry for their ears hurt during the flight xx

    been to gatwick 6 times in the past 2 years, not once did i think it was overly busy tbh, and never had an issue with finding a seat...plenty of them around, in fact i'd probably be bored stuck in a room for a few hours

    dcx_badass;6892526

    Oh yeah I spent 5 hours in Heathrow Terminal 5 aswell.



    havent been to T5 on planet heathrow yet lol fun?

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    dcx_badass;6892422

    I spent 7 hours in Melbourne Airport, 6hrs in Vegas airport, and 5-6 … I spent 7 hours in Melbourne Airport, 6hrs in Vegas airport, and 5-6 hours in New York airport and had no problems, just settled down with my laptop and a film. I think you're been really fussy, especially for realistically what will only be an hour or 2 max.


    Its just personally I get a bit anxious when theres nothing to do.....and the smallest things stress me out more. I thought perhaps the lounges would help and as I have never flown from Gatwick before may have been the better option. I spent 5 hours in an airport in greece where there was one excuse for a shop and about 100 seats....this in addition to my dislike of flying really did get to me and was a far from enjoyable experience, hence why I dont think £15 is much to spend in the hope of a better departure obviously hearing peoples accounds of Gatwick is making me question if I will even make it past the shops to the lounge at all lol
    ClarityofMind;6892489

    theres loads n loads of shops and restaurants... its like a mini trafford … theres loads n loads of shops and restaurants... its like a mini trafford centre. lol relax you dont need the lounge :)lol @ lack of screaming kids.It's the babies i feel sorry for their ears hurt during the flight xx


    yeah I feel sorry for the babies too...must be hard for the parent aswell seeing their child in pain and unable to make it better :x
    loupomm;6892509

    been to gatwick 6 times in the past 2 years, not once did i think it was … been to gatwick 6 times in the past 2 years, not once did i think it was overly busy tbh, and never had an issue with finding a seat...plenty of them around, in fact i'd probably be bored stuck in a room for a few hours


    I thought with it been a London airport it may have been busier, have only flown from leeds bradford and manchester in the past

    I like airport lounges as you normally get free drinks, free snacks, free wifi, air conditioning (great when it's stinking hot in summer), peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of it all, and it just starts and finishes my hoilday nicely, so in my opinion, yes £14.40 is worth it.
    If however you are planning on doing lots of duty free shopping or arriving 45 minutes before your flight departs it probably isn't worth it.

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    lil_tiger;6892314

    are there many shops there? Im a pretty nervous flyer and hate the HUGE … are there many shops there? Im a pretty nervous flyer and hate the HUGE windows in airports, seems the airport likes to tease me lol.....shops would help does anyone agree with me that it seems a good offer or is everyone in the 'save your money and stay in the 'normal' area camp :? even just for the free drinks? I cant get my head round them giving free alcohol :?



    Free drink - or drinks? Hmmm maybe not... More than 2 and they'll say you're unfit to fly!

    Yes, there are loads of shops on both sides of passport control.

    Jumpingphil;6892607

    I used to fly to Germany from Stansted every week for two years when I … I used to fly to Germany from Stansted every week for two years when I was working.Got to use the KLM / ANA lounge for free as became a "frequent flier" pretty rapidly.It was superb, so relaxing and they had very nice Japanese girls that would wait on you hand and foot.Everything was free and nothing was too much trouble.I used to get to the airport at least two hours before they said I should be there so that I could avail myself of the lovely alcohol.



    :w00t:

    Jumpingphil;6892607

    I used to fly to Germany from Stansted every week for two years when I … I used to fly to Germany from Stansted every week for two years when I was working.Got to use the KLM / ANA lounge for free as became a "frequent flier" pretty rapidly.It was superb, so relaxing and they had very nice Japanese girls that would wait on you hand and foot.Everything was free and nothing was too much trouble.I used to get to the airport at least two hours before they said I should be there so that I could avail myself of the lovely alcohol.



    BA give you free massages in business class T5 lounge :-D

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    dcx_badass;6892593

    Leeds Bradford is such an awesome airport, takes like 5 mins from check … Leeds Bradford is such an awesome airport, takes like 5 mins from check in to the gate.


    hmmmm not from my experience :? it isnt usually bad up there....nothing to moan about as such but an average airport with a distinct lack of shops IMO
    guv;6892599

    Free drink - or drinks? Hmmm maybe not... More than 2 and they'll say … Free drink - or drinks? Hmmm maybe not... More than 2 and they'll say you're unfit to fly!Yes, there are loads of shops on both sides of passport control.


    Hmmmm guess the only problem is they can literally know exactly how much you have drunk lol.....but I think a glass of wine, few nibbles and a film on the lappy in piece and quiet might be nice another problem been when I drink I tend to get a bit frisky lol :oops: could be a prob on a long flight!
    Jumpingphil;6892607

    I used to fly to Germany from Stansted every week for two years when I … I used to fly to Germany from Stansted every week for two years when I was working.Got to use the KLM / ANA lounge for free as became a "frequent flier" pretty rapidly.I was superb, so relaxing and they had very nice Japanese girls that would wait on you hand and foot.Everything was free and nothing was too much trouble.I used to get to the airport at least two hours before they said I should be there so that I could avail myself of the lovely alcohol.


    So you would recommend it then.......hmmmmm seems the general concensus is I dont need it, but if I want it, its pretty good?

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    lil_tiger;6892631

    Hmmmm guess the only problem is they can literally know exactly how much … Hmmmm guess the only problem is they can literally know exactly how much you have drunk lol.....but I think a glass of wine, few nibbles and a film on the lappy in piece and quiet might be nice another problem been when I drink I tend to get a bit frisky lol could be a prob on a long flight!



    Or maybe not a problem!:whistling:

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    guv;6892645

    Or maybe not a problem!:whistling:



    erm nope....im gonna stick with problem lol :whistling:

    Jumpingphil;6892654

    We're talking Stansted here. Out in the sticks.They used to have to cut … We're talking Stansted here. Out in the sticks.They used to have to cut the grass three times a week in the summer so the planes could take off.:w00t:



    Lol, I remember when Bournemouth airport had one check in desk, no shop or boarding gate just a holding room and the person who checked you in was the air hostess on board the plane. This was only a few years ago, but changed a bit now Flybe are there, I think they now have 3 check in desks.

    OP, go to the lounge - treat yourself and get stuck into the drinks so you don't feel so guilty.

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    sickly sweet;6892697

    Lol, I remember when Bournemouth airport had one check in desk, no shop … Lol, I remember when Bournemouth airport had one check in desk, no shop or boarding gate just a holding room and the person who checked you in was the air hostess on board the plane. This was only a few years ago, but changed a bit now Flybe are there, I think they now have 3 check in desks.OP, go to the lounge - treat yourself and get stuck into the drinks so you don't feel so guilty.



    lol you reminded me.....I flew back from Cyprus a couple of months ago and the same girl checked our bags in, checked us through to departures, checked us into the boarding area thing AND came with us on the coach thing and told us where to sit on the plane.....dont think she actually came on the flight but made me laugh :giggle:

    I think I will see how I feel.....Think I may have been more suprised at the price of the lounges, and therefore more tempted lol

    everyone has been repped btw

    Are you flying from North or South? If its a busy day it can take ages getting through security, last week at North it was fine but in Sept I almost missed my flight it took so long. You dont really need the lounge as there's plenty of shops, bars, eateries and not too many large picture windows! I used to fly BMI from Heathrow and the lounge was a nice extra but I wouldn't think it is worth paying for and you won't be hanging around long enough to drink £14.50 worth of alcohol.

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    kingy58;6892758

    Are you flying from North or South? If its a busy day it can take ages … Are you flying from North or South? If its a busy day it can take ages getting through security, last week at North it was fine but in Sept I almost missed my flight it took so long. You dont really need the lounge as there's plenty of shops, bars, eateries and not too many large picture windows! I used to fly BMI from Heathrow and the lounge was a nice extra but I wouldn't think it is worth paying for and you won't be hanging around long enough to drink £14.50 worth of alcohol.



    erm dont know where I will be flying from as I havent booked it yet :whistling: lol....hmmmmm thanks for the input

    Banned

    A waste of money unless you turn up 6+ hours before departure as you'll never get a chance to get to the lounge!

    Gatwick is a nightmare now as it can take a good half hour to get checked in (easyjet last summer took 90 minutes) and then another hour sometimes to get through security.

    Of course, those who turn up within 2 hours of their flights get rushed to the front of the check-in desks and then ushered to the front of security.

    A lot of people have cottoned on to this so if you get there with plenty of time, you'll see people who turn up 1-2 hours after you actually beat you through security!

    I'm just gonna turn up 90 mins before departure next time I fly.
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