Pay-Per-Visit Airport Lounges

5 September 2016
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Whether it’s due to a flight delay, a bargain airfare, or to avoid the risk of missing a connection, every international traveller will endure a long layover at some point in their globe trotting career.

The reality of awkward airport chairs and erratic Wi-Fi can make the gap between flights seem endless, but there’s good news for those transit passengers who dream of hot showers while hunting for a power point. Not all airport lounges are exclusively for members or first class passengers, and there are an increasing amount of pay-per-visit lounges on offer to the public.

Couple in airport lounge
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LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Alaska Airlines Boardroom

Open from 5am until midnight, the Alaska Airlines Boardroom is open to the public for USD $45 (AUD $59). Although there are no showers, the comfortable chairs, steady Wi-Fi and complimentary food and bar offerings make it a quieter alternative to some of LAX’s larger lounges.

Delta Airlines Sky Club

Purchase a single visit pass for USD $59 (AUD $78) and enjoy free showers, Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks and hot and cold drinks from the bar between the hours of 4:30am and 1am.

United Airlines United Club

There are two United Club locations at LAX, and for US$59 (AUD $78) a one-time pass includes snacks, a range of hard and soft drinks, and Wi-Fi. Opening hours are 5am – 12:45am during the week and 5am – 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow
Photo: Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow

LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT

Plaza Premium Lounge

This international chain of public use lounges has three locations at Heathrow, and entry starts from £25 (AUD $44) an hour through to £68 (AUD $119) for ten hours. Showers, food, bar service and Wi-Fi are inclusive, and massage is available at a cost at terminals 2 and 2A. Hours are 5am – 10:30pm, depending on location.

No. 1 Traveller

This chain of English airport lounges invites you to book in advance to pay a £36 (AUD $63) entry fee rather than £40 (AUD $70). Enjoy fast Wi-Fi, hot and cold food, showers with amenities and a range of alcoholic beverages between 4:30am – 10:30pm daily.

Swissport Lounge

At just £16.99 (AUD $30), the Swissport Lounge offers a basic place to call home for a few hours, with Wi-Fi, snacks, alcoholic and soft drinks and a good range of reading materials available between 5:45am – 9:45pm.

Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai
Photo: Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Dubai International Hotel First Class Lounge

Book your tickets in advance through LoungeBuddy or Diners Club from USD $35 (AUD $46) and take advantage of the tasty food offerings, free Wi-Fi and computer terminals and an extensive drinks menu. Showers are available at a price at this 24 hour lounge.

Marhaba

There are six Marhaba lounges in Dubai International, open all day and night. Offerings include food, Wi-Fi, alcoholic beverages and children’s playrooms, with paid showers also available in the Terminal 3 location. Prices start from USD $41 (AUD $54).

Lounge @ B

An entry fee starting from USD $35 (AUD $46) includes a good range of snacks and food, complimentary beer and wine, free showers and Wi-Fi connection. Open 24 hours a day, the entry is located inside Cadiz Tapas Bar.

The Haven Singapore
Photo: The Haven, Singapore Changi Airport

SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT

DNATA Lounge

Dnata’s two locations are open between 3:30am – 2:30am, and entry starts at USD $37 (AUD $49). This price includes a hot and cold buffet, an open bar menu and free use of showers. Each chair is equipped with a power outlet and USB port for easy charging, and Wi-Fi is also included.

Plaza Premium Lounge

Another offering from Plaza Premium, open 24 hours from SGD $58 (AUD $56) for 5 hours. Enjoy freshly prepared dishes, a range of drinks, fast Wi-Fi and showers with included amenities. Massages and alcoholic beverages are available at a cost.


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The Haven

This 24 hour lounge offers private ‘nap room’ packages starting from SGD $82.39 (AUD $80) for three hours. This price includes a shower, meal and lounge access as well as your private bed. Lounge entry starts from SGD $35.31 (AUD $34), and includes fast Wi-Fi, complimentary drinks and snacks, as well as a hot meal and shower, although alcohol is extra.

Ambassador Transit Lounge

If you feel like breaking a sweat on your layover, you can purchase a ‘Work it!’ package for SGD $62 (AUD $60), which includes gym entry, gym attire and lounge entry at the Ambassador Transit Lounge. Lounge entry alone starts from SGD $50 (AUD $48), and includes a food buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, shower and Wi-Fi.

Plaza Premium Lounge Brisbane
Photo: Plaza Premium Lounge Brisbane

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Plaza Premium Lounge

Opened earlier this year, Brisbane's Plaza Premium is a small but welcoming lounge located on level four of the international terminal. Guests can enjoy a range of comfortable seating, including some funky hanging chairs. For AUD $66 you receive a five hour package that includes hot and cold food, fast WiFi and a range of non-alcoholic beverages.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
Photo: Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Plaza Premium Lounge

Plaza Premium HKG offers three 24 hour lounges and one shower and relaxation area. Enjoy a shower and massage package for HKD $300 (AUD $51) or take advantage of the complimentary bar, Wi-Fi, hot food and shower included with lounge entry starting from HKD $480 (AUD $82) for 2 hours.

United Airlines United Club

Open from 6am til midnight, the USD $59 (AUD $78) day pass includes Wi-Fi, alcoholic beverages and light snacks, complimentary use of showers and free local phone calls.

The SkyTeam Lounge
Photo: The SkyTeam Lounge at Sydney International

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SkyTeam Lounge

Book through a third party such as LoungeBuddy to gain access to this roomy lounge located at Sydney International Airport from USD $59 (AUD $78). Free Wi-Fi, a selection of hot and cold food, alcoholic beverages and shower use are all included in the entry fee. Opening hours are 5:30am – 11pm.

JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NEW YORK

Wingtips

Most lounges at JFK are dedicated to First Class passengers, but 24-hour Wingtips offers a snack buffet, open bar and high speed Wi-Fi from USD $50 (AUD $66).

Delta Airlines Sky Club

Pay USD $59 (AUD $78) for the day pass and take advantage of the hot and cold snacks, Wi-Fi, alcoholic beverages and shower facilities at two locations. Opening hours are from 5am – 12am, depending on the location.

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Emma Lee

Emma is a travel writer and blogger living in Brisbane, Australia. She followed the snow around the world for many years, and still considers Lake Louise Ski Resort her happy place. Emma's other passion is food; a love that has led her down many sketchy looking alleys in Asia, South America and Europe.