Airport Lounge Access by Airline

An airport lounge membership is worth the fee.

Airport lounges are a nice alternative to finding a spare seat in crowded gate areas and food courts, or waiting in a line for an available seat at one of the few restaurants in the airport. And consider this: Business travelers know that when their airline may finally announce an airport delay, 15 minutes can easily turn into an hour or even longer. And that’s when the thought about airport lounge access crosses your mind…

Even if you’re a patient business traveler, you know that you still have to arrive at the airport anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours prior to your flight, depending on destination.

That’s why an airport lounge can help make a difference. But the challenge for those who rely on multiple airlines is that their annual mileage points may not be enough to get that complimentary access to every airport lounge. Most airlines offer an annual fee to access their lounges — which could add up to $500 or more depending on your status. However, many travelers have realized that it may be more cost effective to simply purchase access to the airport lounge on a daily basis (so check with the airline directly for their options). If your flight is running several hours behind, this may also be a more cost effective alternative to thoughts of leaving and returning to the airport, etc.

To better navigate the process, it’s helpful to know which airlines have partner programs to share access to their airline lounges. There are three major alliances that exist. Nevertheless, some airlines maintain their own airport lounges.

Airport lounges typically include amenities such as workstations, wi-fi access and dataports. They include food, beverages and other snacks (check with your airline club to determine if there is a fee or if a limited vouchers are provided). And then there’s the benefit of having comfortable seating areas, couches, TVs, and more. And airport lounges that are located in international airports may sometimes also include showers, conference rooms and more.

Airline memberships will usually provide travelers with access to all airport lounges associated with that airline. Airline memberships frequently come with a series of other benefits, but relevant features as it relates to airport delays may include assistance with reservations, seat selection, stand-by list placement and same-day ticketing.

And if you have an airline membership with a single airline, you should check out whether those benefits carry over to partner airlines within airline alliances.

Business Travel Destinations tracks and updates airline lounges by airline from time to time, and the following list provides you with links to airport lounges by airline and airline alliance:

Airline Business Lounge Airline Alliance
Aeromexico Aeromexico Salon Premier SkyTeam
Air Berlin Air Berlin Business Class Lounges Not Available
Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Star Alliance®
Air New Zealand Silver, Gold and Gold Elite Star Alliance®
American Airlines Admirals Club oneworld®
ANA The ANA Lounge Star Alliance®
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Star Alliance®
Austrian Airlines Austrian Worldwide Lounges Star Alliance®
bmi Airlines bmi Diamond Club Star Alliance®
British Airways Executive Club, Silver and Gold oneworld®
Cathay Pacific Cathy Pacific Business Lounges oneworld®
Continental Airlines United Club Star Alliance
Delta Airlines (Northwest) Delta Sky Club SkyTeam
El Al Airlines King David Club Direct Agreements
Finnair Finnair Lounge Services oneworld®
Iberia Iberia VIP Lounges oneworld®
Japan Airlines JAL Lounge Service oneworld®
LAN Airlines LAN VIP Lounges oneworld®
LOT Polish Airlines LOT Executive Lounges Star Alliance®
Lufthansa Lufthansa Lounges Star Alliance®
Malev Airlines Malev Lounges oneworld®
Qantas The Qantas Club oneworld®
Royal Jordanian Airlines Royal Jordanian Crown Class oneworld®
SAS Scaninavian Airlines SAS Lounges Star Alliance®
Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines Lounges Star Alliance®
South African Airways South African Airways Lounge Access Star Alliance®
Spaniar Spaniair VIP Lounge Star Alliance®
Swiss Airlines Swiss Airlines Lounges Star Alliance®
TAP Portugal TAP Executive Premium Lounge Star Alliance®
THAI Airways THAI Royal Orchid Lounges Star Alliance®
Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge Star Alliance®
United Airlines United Club Star Alliance®
US Airways US Airways Club Star Alliance®
Air France Air France Lounges SkyTeam
Emirates Emirates Lounges Not Available
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KLM Lounges SkyTeam
Korean Air KAL Lounges SkyTeam
Alitalia Freccia Alata Lounges SkyTeam

Although we try our best to maintain this listing, airlines and airport lounges change from time to time, and we do not track every airline. Check directly with your preferred airline for the most up to date information about airline lounges before you travel.

Rob is editor of Business Travel Destinations. He reviews international destinations for meetings and events -- where business travelers go, the hotels where they stay and their lifestyle preferences on the road. Rob was previously the event planning guide for About.com (owned by The New York Times Company) from 2007 - 2011. His articles also appear in business travel publications and travel sites internationally.

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  5. Fran Dutton

    Airport lounges used to be wonderful respites. But these new programs have increased considerably the number of travellers who ruin the ambiance with crowds, loud talking, constant activity, allowing children to run free, and failing to clean up after themselves. I’ve found that in Toronto it’s quieter and more restful at the gate than in the Maple Leaf Lounge.

    1. Rob Hard

      Hi Fran, yes, some airport lounges have become so popular that it gets tough to find seats sometimes. Still, if your wait is any length of time, I think they’re a much better option than the schedules and seating at the gate. I tend to stand at the gate and wait for boarding because I feel that the seats in the area should be given first to families, the elderly and children — especially if any are seen standing around and searching for a spot for themselves. I’ve also noticed that many others fail to offer their space to someone else who may likely have a greater need, but that’s a different story…

  6. ChiHotelGuy

    United has changed the name of their club lounges to United Club with the Continental merger. How was your list compiled? It’s been this way now for months and months.

    1. Rob Hard

      You’re right. Old habits are tough to break. Should have caught that. Thanks for flagging this!

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