Airports the world over are becoming busier and busier. Lines to check in, delays at security, lack of space at the gates and then to add insult to injury prices are vastly inflated in the bars and restaurants you need to eat in because the airline you are flying on no longer serves food.
One place where you can escape some if this is the business class lounge. Once inside you can generally help yourself to food and drink and relax in a comfort while you wait for your flight to board. Most of these lounges around the world are restricted to passengers flying in first and business class travelling on an affiliated airline, however more and more are signing up to a program called Priority Pass.
Now in its 25th year Priority Pass offers three levels of membership which will give you access to over 1,000 lounges around the world. These include simple lounges such as the Aspire lounge in Edinburgh I reviewed here http://bit.ly/2i5paQh to flagship long haul lounges such as the SkyTeam lounge at Heathrow T4, you can have a snooze in an Igloo sleep pod in Dubai or get credit for dinner at several restaurants at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.
Currently there are three levels of membership 1.) Standard for $99 a year, which gives you the option to pay as you go at $27 a visit 2.) Standard Plus for $249 a year which gives you ten free visits and pay as you go after that or 3.) Prestige at $399 which gives you unlimited visits for a calendar year.
Looking a bit more closely at the Standard Plus membership it works out at $25 a visit before any discounts. This $25 will give you up to three hours of free food and drinks, access to showers and comfortable surroundings where you can relax or work. If you consider what a couple of drinks and a sandwich now costs at pretty much any major airport, it doesn’t take too long to get to $25.
If you travel on a regular basis in economy this could well be worth the price. Lounges are something to look forward to and make the airport a much more enjoyable place. Travelling can be a lot more bearable after a few glasses of champagne and a decent meal. Certain credit cards include the pass as a perk, if yours does not there is a 10% discount in the link below. Have a look at the website and see if the airports/terminals you pass through regularly are involved and sign yourself up to a year of more comfortable travel.