If you travel frequently with a particular airline, it is worth exploring the various lounge membership programs. For a set annual fee, you will be able to gain access to a network of airport lounges worldwide, irrespective of your ticket class. Many airlines work in partnership with other companies to extend their reach to a handful of international lounges. Airline-affiliated memberships often extend benefits beyond the lounges, offering their members priority check-in, extra free baggage and a few additional unique perks. Guest entry policies are varied, though most clubs will provide you with a discounted day rate at a minimum.
If your travel is not often restricted to a particular airline but your travel (and desire for comfort) is still frequent, private airport lounge memberships may be more worth your while. A number of private companies including Plaza Premium and Aspire have established lounges worldwide, which can be accessed by passengers flying on any airline with any class ticket. These lounges sell either an annual membership or single day passes.
If you merely want to dabble in the world of luxury lounges without making a hefty annual commitment, a number of both styles of lounges will offer day rates to passengers. These cost somewhere in the neighbourhood of USD 20 – 75 per day. While a pricey splurge, this is a handy way to test the services and decide whether you want to commit to a USD 500+ annual membership, or not. We have flagged lounges and airlines that offer up day passes on their respective pages.
Take some time to explore a variety of membership programs offered by airlines and companies. When one captures your attention, be sure to visit the actual website to read the small print before signing up!
These airlines and third-party operator offer membership based airport lounge access: