Get 15% Off No.1 Lounge Access With Norwegian

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Norwegian continues to make waves in the UK airline market and, from what I can tell, appears to be coming after British Airways’ lunch.

British Airways is a former top-tier airline that has gradually repositioned its short-haul service to resemble a low-cost carrier more than the full-service carrier that its better known for being. Generally speaking it has been assumed that British Airways is trying to make its short-haul service more competitive with the likes of easyJet and Ryanair but I’m starting to think that the real competition it will face in the future will be from Norwegian.


Despite the negative changes at British Airways there are still a lot of things that differentiate it from easyJet and Ryanair (in a good way) but, if you take a look at how the airline compares to Norwegian, the differentiating factors are not all in British Airways’ favor.

For a start Norwegian offers free WiFi on all of its short-haul flights while British Airways doesn’t have WiFi fitted to a single short-haul aircraft right now.

Secondly, Norwegian offers up to 31″ of seat pitch on its 737 short-haul aircraft while British Airways offers as little as 29″ on its Airbus A319 and 30″ on the Airbus A320 aircraft that you’ll find flying most of the airline’s short-haul routes.

Now there’s a third differentiator.

Norwegian Partners With No. 1 Traveller Lounges

As of 25 July 2016 all Norwegian Reward members (free to join) flying from the UK will receive a 15% discount for No. 1 airport lounge access at Gatwick, Edinburgh and Birmingham airports.

No. 1 Lounge at Gatwick North

Not only is Norwegian offering a 15% discount on lounge entry but it’s also throwing in complimentary Premium Security lane access until 30 September 2016.

You don’t even have to be flying with Norwegian to get the discount!

The airline say that “Norwegian Reward members flying from Heathrow can also benefit from discounted lounge access“…..but Norwegian doesn’t have any flights from Heathrow so that means that the offer is available regardless of who you’re booked to fly with.

Here’s a link to the Norwegian/No.1 Lounge Booking Page


  • Gatwick – £23.80 (usually £28)
  • Birmingham – £20.40 (usually £24)
  • Edinburgh – £20.40 (usually £24)
  • Heathrow T3 – £30.60 (usually £36)

All you’ll need is your Norwegian Rewards number and a method of payment.

no-1-lounge-london-heathrowNo. 1 Lounge at London Heathrow T3

Who Will This Benefit Most?

If someone already has Priority Pass membership (either directly or as a credit card benefit) then this is unlikely to be major news to them – Priority Pass grants access to the No. 1 Lounges already – but this isn’t a benefit being aimed at that kind of traveler.

This will be most useful for the person/couple/family that doesn’t travel often enough to have airline status or to make having Priority Pass membership worthwhile and just wants a bit of extra comfort at the airport before one of their infrequent trips (especially useful when things get fouled up at airports and there are long delays).
Clearly the discounts aren’t life changing or fantastic but they’re discounts none the less and it’s good to see Norwegian doing something (no matter how small) to help make its customers’ journeys a little bit more comfortable.


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