Airport Lounge: Getting access worldwide
There are lounges in Airports that do not require any Frequent Flyer membership to use their amenities. These days airports have built their own pay-per use lounge for admission. Payment options for such lounges go from day-passes to yearly or lifelong memberships.
Here are some ways on how you can access lounges regardless which airline loyalty program you are a part of.
Public Pay-in Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge
This Hong-Kong based company is a pioneer in developing and managing Pay-per-use airport lounge. Plaza Premium brand lounge offers buffet meals, drinks and -- crucial for those making long-haul flights -- showers. Some locations offer spa and massage services for an extra fee. The company’s lounges can be found in high-traffic airports like HKIA, KLIA, Changi Airport, Sydney Airport and Heathrow Airport.
Best for: Travellers who want more flexibility than airline lounges provide.
Independent Airport Lounge Access Programs
The largest independent airport membership club that has been running for two decades. Priority Pass allows members to use any of the 700 participating airport lounges worldwide. Members can opt for any of the three payment plans that differs depending on the number of visits at a flat rate annually.
An independent membership club that provides access to over 350 participating lounges worldwide. Members will be billed per use of the lounge clubs on each trip.
Best for: Frequent air travellers who take different airlines.
Credit Card with Airport Lounge Privileges
You can always register for a card that has lounge access worldwide. Card holders of Visa INFINITE and Citibank’s PremierMiles Visa Card offer benefits like complimentary lounge access when you bill your expenses on the card.
Best for: Big spenders who don't mind paying annual fees for perks, as well as occasional fliers willing to pay a smaller annual fee for a limited number of day passes.
Ask a Lounge-goer
If you want to rub shoulders with regular flyers like you, perhaps joining a community like FlyerTalk.com would be your ticket to access any lounge. Some forum members had shared that they gained lounge access just by simply standing outside the door and asking people going inside if they are allowed to bring a guest. Of course it pays to return the favour and you can pay a token of appreciation to the stranger for letting you in. Within FlyerTalk there is a Coupon Connection section where frequent posters can swap or sell lounge passes (you need to reach a certain number of posts on the site to join this forum thread).