Airports have really upped their game in recent years with celebrity restaurants, day spas, museum quality art exhibits, and nap areas. So are airline club memberships still worth the money? Yearly membership rates vary according to miles flown, but expect to pay on average about $450 for a yearly club membership. That price may seem steep, but if you’re a frequent flyer, the fees are worth it.
However, if you’re a casual traveler, for just $35-50 per day you can still enjoy the airline club services. Rather than waiting for your flight in the cramped general boarding area, relax in comfort while enjoying services such as free laptop stations, and complimentary beverages.
If your travels call for multiple flights or a same day return trip, the same day pass allows you to use the airline’s lounges in other cites. You just have to hold an airline ticket showing you are traveling on that same day.
Amenities, depending on the airline, the club lounge membership can include free local calls, WI-FI and use of fax and copier machines. There are complimentary pastries, snacks, coffee and specialty coffee drinks such as cappuccino. When you add up the other perks such as free magazines, newspapers, television, and semi-private workspaces, it’s easy to see the value of a yearly or one-day membership. Beer, wine and cocktails are available for a nominal fee or sometimes free, depending on the airline.
In addition, display monitors allow you to check your flight status and a dedicated staff handles reservations or flight changes.
As an added bonus, club members receive check-cashing privileges of up to $100. With a full club membership you can even book a meeting in the airport conference room or take a shower in a personal facility upon arrival after a long international flight.
The most important thing is the airline clubs allow you an opportunity to relax and get away from the frenzied pace of the main terminal.