Most likely, you know what an airport lounge is, but let me briefly explain just in case you stumbled upon this page “unknowingly.” An airport lounge is a facility where passengers can relax before taking their flight – generally in a more private space than the actual departures waiting area.
Besides offering a variety of seating, lounges also offer a drinks, snacks and, in many cases, hot dishes. Some of the lounges also offer showers and other amenities to make your journey more comfortable.
How to Access Lounges
Generally, there are at least five ways to get access to airport lounges:
- Flying in premium classes – Passengers traveling in business and first class usually get access to an airport lounge before departure
- Holding an airline status – Holders of statuses in airlines’ frequent flyer programs get access to lounges of the airline and the alliance it belongs to regardless of the class they are flying
- Paying one-time access fees – Some of lounges, both third-party and airline-operated, offer access by paying a one-time fee
- Credit card lounge access – Some credit cards offer access to select airport lounges
- Lounge network membership – Members of lounge networks can access those lounges either without any limit or by paying a per-visit fee in addition to the membership fees
Personally, most of the times, I access lounges using my Priority Pass membership (see below). I also hold a Delta Gold Medallion (SkyTeam Elite Plus) status – which comes as a perk with my Japanese Delta AMEX Gold card – to access lounges when I fly with SkyTeam.
With over 1,000 participating lounges, Priority Pass is the largest independent lounge network.
Depending on the type of membership, its members can access the lounges either for no additional charge to the membership fees, or with an additional per-visit fee. Many credit cards offer Priority Pass membership as a perk.
Learn more about it in my guide.
Lounge Review Index
Below, you can find a sortable list of all the lounge reviews that I have published on this site so far.
Besides the country and airport each lounge is located at, you can also find information about whether each lounge belongs to Priority Pass (PP) or any of the three major alliances – Star Alliance (*A), oneworld (OW) and SkyTeam (ST).