PAY-IN LOUNGES are first class lounges that are open to ALL travellers - for a relatively small fee. In May 2010 I visited the Plaza Premium Lounges in the Toronto airport (see my blog entry) and I have to say that if you have a layover, a cancelled flight or an early morning check-in and don't have time for breakfast before you leave for the airport, there is good value to be found in some of these lounges.
AIRLINE LOUNGES are first class lounges that have more restrictions for entry. To access these lounges, you must have a first or business class ticket with the airline (or a partner airline) that operates the lounge. Depending on the airline or alliance program, economy ticket holders may be able to purchase a day pass - this is more common in the North American airport lounges.
While all lounges are different, some features that you can expect are:
- buffet style meals and/or snacks
- unlimited beverages (including alcohol in some lounges)
- WiFi for laptop users and computer workstations for those who are not have a laptop
- comfortable seating
- showers (great for those of you who have just spent the night in the terminal the night before)
- massages (usually for an extra fee)
- sleep rooms
A few nice lounges have given us coupons to share with travellers. It is now also possible to pre-book some lounges here if you want to guarantee a spot during your transit. Whether you pre-book or just show up at the door, always remember that homeless chic attire is not accepted at any of the lounges.
To add or update a lounge please email Donna with information (location, facilities/services, rates) and photos.
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