Most people walk right by them and try to take a peak while others don’t even know they’re there. I’m referring to the airport airline lounges. Nothing to some and a haven for many others.
Most frequent travelers are members of one or more airport airline lounges as they provide a safe haven from the madness found at airports.
If you travel more than a few times per year, you should consider joining an airline lounge program. I am a member of a few of them and can honestly say that it is the single most important investment to ensure my travel comfort.
Before you decide one way or another, here are a few things you should know:
In recent past, membership was complimentary with airline premium status but those days are long gone. You can expect to pay at least $400 per year. However, if you travel at least 30 weeks a year, the cost can be well justified considering they have free coffee, snacks, and internet. Some even have showers, full meal menus and spas.
If you want to try it out before you join, you can call the club your planning on joining and ask about a complimentary pass or you can buy a day pass to check it out before you take the plunge.
Peace and Quiet
Airports can be crowded, loud and downright busy. The lounge will offer you a reasonably quiet space with comfortable chairs, televisions, newspapers and magazines.
Get some work done
Most lounges have individual, private workstations you can us to catch up with work, email or just check your social media. If you have your own laptop or tablet, wifi is generally free so don’t be shy to ask for the password at the reception desk.
If your flight is cancelled or delayed to the point that you’re going to miss your connection, head to the airline lounge (if you’re a member of course) and get personal, immediate assistance. This will avoid you having to battle your way to the gate agent to try to address your issue.
Long haul recovery
If you travel transoceanic with multiple connections routinely like me, an airline lounge membership is a life saver. You can reach your first connection after a 12-hour flight and freshen up with shower and breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on what time it is. It is a true booster that makes a huge difference if you still have another 8-10 hours of travel.
Most airline lounge programs have reciprocity memberships with international lounges worldwide so do your research and find out which one most benefits you based on your preferred airline and where you mostly travel.
Why not join?
If you spend half or more of your work life traveling, there is absolutely no reason to not join an airline lounge program. I guarantee you will not regret it.