Body massage, free champagne or indulge in buffet while waiting for your flight? These 7 tips to land you free airport lounge access for your next trip.
7 ways to score that airport lounge access
Why not get a body massage, have a sip of champagne or indulge in a buffet spread while you wait for your flight? Travellers actually check-in early just to enjoy airport lounges as a delightful way to start a trip. Here are 7 ways to make that happen.
Credit Card Perks
There are many credit cards that offer free lounge access. There are typically three lounge networks: Plaza Premium, DragonPass and Priority Pass. Sign up for credit cards that come with access to one of these lounge networks and you won’t need to fork out a cent at the airport. Some of the cards available in Singapore include the CitiPremierMiles Visa from Citibank, DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card, the Singapore Airlines Kris Flyer Ascend Credit Card by American Express and the Visa Infinite Credit Card by HSBC.
A membership gets you access to 1,200 lounges worldwide. This is very handy for frequent travellers who value comfort while waiting. Membership is available on three tiers: Priority Pass Standard, Priority Pass Standard Plus and Priority Pass Prestige. The lowest tier requires an annual fee and a charge for your per lounge visit at a discounted price. The next tier offers you 10 free visits at a higher annual membership fee. The highest tier gets you unlimited lounge visits each year, of course, at a premium. The caveat is that these lounges can get crowded and you may be turned away.
Become an elite
Collect miles with an airline, or with the likes of Star Alliance and SkyTeam Airline Alliance, and you’ll get access to most of the airport lounges around the world. This works if you are a loyal flyer of particular airline(s) and are exclusive to them. Airlines have joined forces to make themselves allies, so why not reap the benefits of their partnerships?
Annual airline lounge passes
You fly regularly on short-haul flights and don’t accrue a lot of miles, but you can still be a member of an airline lounge with an annual fee. Do the math: An annual membership costs a few hundred dollars and a day pass costs close to a hundred dollars. You just need to use it a couple of times to break even.
Pay for a day pass
You’ve just heard an announcement that your flight will be delayed for six hours. Instead of getting riled up, just take the chance to pamper yourself while you wait. A day pass to a lounge access does come at a fee, but it might be worth it if you can do with a nap or a shower, or perk your spirits up with some booze. Apart from buffet meals, some offer massage and spa services for an extra fee. If your insurance is paying for the delay, you know what you can spend the reimbursement on.
Buy a premium ticket
A first- or business- class ticket almost always automatically gets you into a lounge that’s operated by the airline or its partner. If you’ve already spent so much on the ticket, you would think that this is a given, no?
Be someone’s guest
Tag along with that travel mate who has lounge access. They might be able to bring a plus-one. There are also people who have tried, and succeeded and gained access by simply standing out the door and asking strangers to bring them in. Don’t doubt the kindness of strangers!