Most travellers assume lounges are reserved for the lucky few flying Business Class, or members of loyalty schemes.
Many of us know the joys of hours spent at airports. Those long layovers and late nights spent trying to get comfortable on seats, dreaming of a shower, or a quiet place to work.
The solution – airport lounges. Most of the time though travellers assume lounges are reserved for the lucky few flying Business Class, or members of loyalty schemes. Thankfully, that’s not always the case.
It pays to research before you fly what one-off entry airport lounges are available. Your travel expert will be able to help with this too. In Auckland for example, regardless of airline or class you can buy a one-off pass for the Strata Lounge. You can buy this on the spot, but it’s a good idea to book in advance to guarantee your spot.
The Plaza Premium Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport also offers a one-off entry fee. You can even enjoy a hot shower with a massage package for a small amount of money.
The Dnata Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport also has one-off entry and serves food like dim sum and satay. It also even has showers and amazing views of the runway.
Although access to the Air New Zealand lounge at Auckland Airport is limited to members of loyalty schemes, Koru members and Business Class passengers, it’s one of my favourites and worth trying to get access to.
If you’re travelling with a friend and flying a Star Alliance airline check if they’re a Star Alliance Gold member or above, if so, they’ll be entitled to bring one guest in with them (you!).
– Ellie Van Der Leij, Flight Centre Northwood