Airport lounges access to save your day
How many times have you had a long layover and wanted to spend some time in a comfortable lounge? But, you thought airport lounge access is exclusively for first-class travelers. Well, the good news is that you were not right.
In this blog post, we will show you how to get airport lounge access, even if you are not flying first or business class.
Your next long layover will be more pleasant.
PREMIUM CREDIT CARDS
Did your bank officer inform you about all the perks you get by using some of their cards? You should know that some of the premium credit cards provide complimentary usage of certain airport lounges to their holders.
Here are a few examples.
The Platinum Card from American Express – This one gets you to access to 1,300+ airport lounges, including Priority Pass Lounge Acces, plus the luxurious Amex Centurion Lounges.
With Chase Sapphire Reserve you get to enjoy the Priority Pass Lounge with up to 2 guests of yours.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card provides access to Priority Pass Lounge, for you and your two companions.
Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard is another great option that you can use to enter American Airlines Admirals Club and selected partner One World Alliance Lounges, accompanied by up to 2 members of your family.
This is not an exhaustive list, so make sure to gather all information about these perks, before you sign for a new credit card next time.
Priority pass is a third-party membership program with a large network of 1300+ airport lounges worldwide. There are 4 membership levels with different annual prices and perks:
- Standard – $99 per year — $27 per visit
- Standard Plus – $249 — 10 visits per year
- Prestige – $399 — unlimited access
- Select – requires having a premium credit card such as Amex
Their lounges are quiet, connected spaces to relax or work in, with pre-flight bites, drinks, and other added perks that help you refresh and revive. A truly global spread of lounges, of 1300+ airport experiences in over 600 cities and 148 countries, and more lounges being added every month.
ANNUAL LOUNGE MEMBERSHIP
If you fly a lot, you can actually save money by investing in this membership. Also, your airport time will be way more pleasant with access to those comfy, convenient lounges.
This type of annual membership allows access to any of the lounges that are operated by the airline you signed with, as well as some of their partners. Access is granted regardless of whether you fly with that airline that day or not.
Most of these lounges will also allow you to bring your spouse, domestic partner, or children with you. Even friends, but up to 2 persons.
Membership fee is usually between $350 and $500 annually, but they present a much better value for money, in comparison to day passes.
At the end of the day, a daily pass is always an option. And it is as easy as that – pay at the door. Some airline-branded credit cards give you a couple of free lounge passes for every year, e.g. UnitedSMExplorer Card. If you are not a frequent flier, a daily pass may be just the right option for you. But if you are anything near to flying a lot, consider one of the above-mentioned options.
WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE AIRPORT LOUNGES
Frequent traveler or not, you know how airports are by their nature. Crowded, fast, noisy – hectic let’s say. Time spent waiting in line to check-in, dodging other passengers in narrow corridors, and waiting in a gated area that never seems to have enough seats are some of the things that make all that airport experience less enjoyable. But, not everything is so frustrating at the airport. On the contrary, there are beautiful airport lounges. They seem like a peaceful oasis in all that mess.
These areas are some of the most idyllic places to spend time before your flight. Usually, there is some free food and drinks, comfortable seating, and free Wi-Fi. Very good ones even have additional amenities like showers and nap pods, or even SPAs, barbershops, and workout equipment.
BARCELONA AIRPORT LOUNGES
Barcelona El Prat Airport features 5 lounges. Pau Casals lounge, Joan Miró lounge, Colomer lounge, Sleep & Fly Business center are located in terminal T1, while in terminal T2 we have Canudas lounge. A wide range of services there is designed to make the airport time more pleasant.
They are in a passenger restricted area, and access is allowed based on the rule one passenger – one boarding pass.
However, you can access all of them if you own earlier mentioned Priority Pass annual membership, except the Business center.
More details on all VIP lounges at the airport in Barcelona, you can find on this link.
If you didn’t know all that about lounges, now you definitely want to check them out on the next occasion.
Hopefully, our advice will do good.
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