While you could spend your time browsing the Duty Free shops, eating overpriced airport food and sitting in uncomfortable seats, why should you? Take advantage of the airport lounge scene and indulge in an opulent loungecation, and be treated like the air transit princess you would like to become accustomed to.
Airport lounges range from utilitarian to glamorous with perks including*
- Experienced agents (e.g., to rebook cancelled/delayed flights, service beyond the lounge from when you check-in, transportation)
- Clean bathrooms and shower rooms with products
- Food and beverages (ranging from snacks buffets to Michelin Star a-la-carte)
- Bars: wine, cocktail, whisky, champagne, cigar
- Comfortable seating
- Private cabanas with beds
- Business centre: computers, printers, WiFi, conference rooms
- Exercise facilities
- Spas: Jacuzzis, saunas, stylists, facials, massages
- Entertainment: TV, movies, video games, music rooms, piano, billiards rooms, library, golf simulator, slot-car racing track
- Children’s nursery and play rooms
- Shoe shines
- Rubber duckies
- Chauffeured transportation from the airplane to lounge return
*Not available in all lounges
While you could pay hundreds of dollars to use airport lounges you don’t have to. Any savvy Canadian Boomer traveller can gain access to the worlds’ s most exclusive lounges such as: Cathay Pacific’s The Wing in Hong Kong; Lufthansa First Lounge or Munich Quantas First Lounge in Sydney; Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa in Bangkok; and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in NY, all for minimal or even no cost…
There are a number of different ways to gain access to an airport lounge.
- Purchase a single entry lounge pass on-line or at the airport (e.g., American Admirals Club, Delta SkyClub, United Club, Plaza Premium, ReLAX Lounge, Servisair, Westjet Lounges).
- Purchase a third party lounge access pass (e.g., Priority Pass, Airport Angel).
- Obtain a credit card which includes lounge access (e.g., Platinum Card from American Express, American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card).
- Join an airline lounge access program (e.g., Admirals Club, Air Canada Maple Leaf Club, Quantas Club, United Club).
- Use Elite status and miles for membership.
- Nicely ask someone going into a lounge if they would add you as their guest.
- Hook up on-line with other travellers to be their lounge guest.
- Along with your regular ticket purchase a fully refundable 1st class ticket or business class ticket which you cancel by calling the reservation line after you are already in the 1st class / business class lounge.
- Buy lounge passes from other travellers (but check the fine print to make sure it is transferrable).
Not all lounges are created equal. There are some great websites/phone apps devoted to airport lounges: