An airport lounge is a hospitality facility operated at many airports. Airport lounges offer, for selected passengers, comforts beyond those afforded in the airport terminal itself, such as more comfortable seating, quieter environments, and often better access to customer service representatives.
Lounges have different kinds such as airline lounges, Pay-per-use lounges, first class airline lounges, and access to lounges. These varieties offer different options based on the frequency of travel, luxury, and services in the lounge.
Usually provide complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks such as fruit, cheese, soup, pastries and breakfast items. In the United States and Canada, nearly all domestic lounges offer an open bar for domestic beer, house wine, and well liquor, with premium beverages such as imported beer, top-shelf liquor, high-end wines and champagne available for purchase.
The lounges come with certain restrictions, such as being open for elites, with dress codes and in certain airports or with certain airlines. There are tips that will help you to access lounges easier.
The easiest way to getting into a lounge – and in some cases it may be the only way – is to book a business or first class tickets.
Take advantage of status upgrades with airline loyalty programs, such as Silver and Gold cards, sometimes booking normal tickets will also grant you access to lounges if you have loyalty cards
Some companies’ credit cards will allow their users to access lounges via certain memberships. Or buying certain passes such as “Priority Pass” that will allow you to enter many lounges around the world on an annual basis for relatively low prices.
Benefits of an airport lounge
- It offers a secluded getaway from the crowded terminal
- You can relax in a comfy lounge armchair for up to 3 hours before your flight
- Enjoy a selection of complimentary drinks and snacks
- Unwind with complimentary magazines and newspapers
- By the time you’ve bought food, drinks and newspapers and magazines in the terminal, it could well add up to the amount you pay per person to enter a lounge
- Kick back and watch the TV or enjoy other entertainment facilities
- Some lounges have business facilities including wireless broadband so you can make use of your waiting time
- Most lounges accept children and some even have gaming consoles to occupy them