The influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) mediates membrane fusion after viral entry by endocytosis. The fusion process requires drastic low pH-induced HA refolding and is prevented by arbidol and tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ). We here report a class of superior inhibitors with indole-substituted spirothiazolidinone structure. The most active analogue 5f has an EC50 value against influenza A/H3N2 virus of 1 nM and selectivity index of almost 2000. Resistance data and in silico modeling indicate that 5f combines optimized fitting in the TBHQ/arbidol HA binding pocket with a capability for endosomal accumulation. Both criteria appear relevant to achieve superior inhibitors of HA-mediated fusion.