Guide to airport lounges

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Airport lounges might seem like an unnecessary travel luxury. But when you’re sitting in a crowded departure lounge surrounded by restless families and weary travellers, they can appear much more attractive.

If you’re going on holiday this summer or you travel frequently by aeroplane, an airport lounge access pass can be well worth the expense. Here’s our guide to airport lounges, their benefits and how to get VIP access.

Benefits of airport lounge access

So why exactly should you pay to access an exclusive airport lounge when you can sit in the main terminal for free? For starters, you’re likely to receive complimentary benefits that exceed the price you pay to get in. Most airport lounges offer free food, snacks and drinks, as well as complimentary reading material. The majority of airport lounges also offer free Wi-Fi that’s fast and reliable – whereas in the main departure lounge, you’ll either need to pay for wireless access or experience a slow free connection.

What’s more, although airport lounges are often seen as an area for business travellers, many lounges have facilities to keep children entertained. So if you’re travelling with excitable children, the toys, games and video games available in family-friendly airport lounges could keep them occupied until your flight starts boarding. And if you suffer from a bad back or other joint pains, airport lounges usually offer much more comfortable seating than the main departure lounge – so buying an access pass could be just what your body needs during your wait.

Best ways to book your place in an airport lounge

If you’re convinced that airport lounges are the way to go, Holiday Extras can take care of bookings for you. They’ll also sort out your travel insurance, parking and airport hotel accommodation if you need them to, so you don’t need to worry about the small details on your trip.

If you’re looking for competitive deals, you can get airport lounge quotes from Thomas Cook and GoSimply.com too. These tools are a great way to find airport lounges that are child-friendly, as you can specify how many children and infants you’ll have in tow. Many family-friendly airport lounges will let children and infants in for free too, so you may only have to pay for the adults in your party.

Looking for airport lounges that are a cut above the rest? The No. 1 Lounge collection is certainly worth a look. You’ll find No.1 lounges in almost every major UK airport, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester. These lounges boast stylish décor, free unlimited Wi-Fi, a complimentary bar, bistro-style menu and great runway views.

Travellers about to embark on an international trip should check out Lounge Pass too. With this online service, you can book VIP access to over 200 airport lounges around the world. If your trip includes a long stopover in Singapore or Dubai, for instance, booking entry to an airport lounge through Lounge Pass could make your journey much more comfortable.

Alternatively, if you’re a regular traveller, you should consider a year-round VIP airport lounge access pass. Priority Pass is a membership scheme that gives you access to over 600 airport lounges. If you go on holiday several times a year or you have family that you visit frequently abroad, Priority Pass could be just what you need to improve your experience of travelling.

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