7 Airport Lounges Actually Worth Expensing

We’ve searched the country to put together a luxury list of the best airport lounges that will make you forget you’re on the road. Whether it’s free massages, delicious cocktails or superb Wi-Fi, there are a variety of options ranging in size and price. We made our selections based on the best business amenities, the most luxurious offerings and ultimately — which is worth the price tag:

Amex Centurion Lounges

Various Locations

We've searched the country to put together a luxury list of the best airport lounges that will make you forget you're on the road. Whether it's free massages, delicious cocktails or superb Wi-Fi, there are a variety of options ranging in size and price. We made our selections based on the best business amenities, the most luxurious offerings and ultimately — which is worth the price tag: Amex Centurion Lounges Various Locations The Perks: A super accessible option that’s available in six locations throughout the U.S. — conveniently in hubs where business travelers fly through the most. Locations range from Dallas (with a complimentary spa) to Las Vegas, Seattle, and New York. The food is impressive and inventive (there’s a three-Michelin-starred approved menu at SFO and superb fried chicken at LaGuardia). The perfect option for road warriors, as you’re sure to find fantastic food and free cocktails in every location. Entry: American Express card members can gain access for $50 — which is waived for Platinum Card or Centurion Card holders, making it one of the best values on the list. Delta Sky Club New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO) The Perks: A good domestic option with the quality of an international lounge. The most noteworthy element of the Delta Sky Club at JFK is the SkyDeck, which overlooks the tarmac. Enjoy a drink or meal on the huge outdoor terrace as you watch the planes land and take off. There’s plenty of space to work on the go and a massive bar serving free drinks and snacks — although you’ll have to pay out of pocket for anything premium. The SFO hub has a beautiful dining area with Asian-inspired meal options. Shower suites are included at both locations. Entry: Complimentary for Sky Club members, American Express Delta Reserve Card/American Express Platinum Card holders and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers. Day passes available for $50 — a fantastic price, considering the surroundings you’re gaining. Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) The Perks: Boasting over 10,000 square feet in JFK’s Terminal 4, the lounge offers free food and drinks ranging from cocktails to dim sum, as well as complimentary mini-treatments at the in-house spa (with high-end Dr. Hauschka products) or Bumble & Bumble salon. The clubhouse has a swanky lounge feel to it, with huge sofas and a pool table that make for an easygoing lead-up to your business trip. Entry: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class tickets or Delta Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion frequent flyer members on a same-day nonstop flight to the U.K. Also available for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members, Singapore Airlines First Class ticket holders and first/business class TAM ticket holders. Separate entry is available for $75 per person — absolutely worth expensing if you’re looking for a swanky pre-flight experience. oneworld Lounge Los Angeles (LAX) The Perks: An ultra-trendy lounge out of the shiny, new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. There’s plenty of seating for over 400, and a massive buffet area and a slick bar serving whatever your heart desires. The indoor fire pit is a cozy touch. Extras abound, including access to nine shower suites with complimentary luxury products. If you’re lucky enough to have access to the first class area — a lounge within a lounge — take advantage of the restaurant, private spa treatment rooms and full shower suites with ASPAR products. The similarly exclusive Star Alliance Lounge is another option in the Tom Bradley terminal if you’re flying with a Star Alliance airline. Entry: Quantas Platinum, Marco Polo Club Gold, Diamond/BA Executive Club Gold elites and oneworld Emerald members. Business class lounge — oneworld airline alliance passengers. Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco (SFO) The Perks: One of the smaller, more intimate offerings on this list. The lounge can seat 175 guests but is a massive 9,000 square feet in size — so you’re sure to have plenty of space to stretch out. It’s by far the most beautifully decorated, with white marble surfaces, black-granite walls and bamboo accents. Sit beneath the Venetian glass wall installation as you sip on a complimentary cocktail or gorge on some made-to-order noodles. Here you’ll find plenty of privacy to get work done while also enjoying the atmosphere. Entry: Business or first class ticket holders on Cathay Pacific or oneworld partners, or oneworld Sapphire or Emerald elite members. United Polaris Lounges Various Locations The Perks: Recently opened in Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 1, it's surging ahead of the competition already. The surroundings are incredibly lush, with every detail accounted for, including top-notch food, private seating areas, ultra luxurious showers and the fastest Wi-Fi we’ve seen yet. There’ll soon be at least nine of these around the world, with Houston, Newark, and San Francisco to follow shortly in 2017. Entry: Available to first and business class ticket holders on United Polaris or Star Alliance partners. You can also get in if you’re a United Club, Star Alliance, Gold or Global Services member — but only when flying first or business class. Airspace Lounge Various Locations The Perks: Airspace provides a private, quiet lounge away from the bustle of the main terminals — yet at a fraction of the price. Locations including JFK, Cleveland and San Diego. Snacks and beverages are paid for, but at only $20-25 for entry ($10 of which is used as credit), it’s a steal of a deal if you need a quiet space to get a bit of pre-flight work done before a quick business trip. Entry: $20-25 depending on location. Complimentary access for American Express Platinum Card members (including one guest). In San Diego, Admirals Club and Alaska Airlines Board Room members also have free entry.

The Perks:

A super accessible option that’s available in six locations throughout the U.S. — conveniently in hubs where business travelers fly through the most. Locations range from Dallas (with a complimentary spa) to Las Vegas, Seattle, and New York. The food is impressive and inventive (there’s a three-Michelin-starred approved menu at SFO and superb fried chicken at LaGuardia). The perfect option for road warriors, as you’re sure to find fantastic food and free cocktails in every location.

Entry:

American Express card members can gain access for $50 — which is waived for Platinum Card or Centurion Card holders, making it one of the best values on the list.

Delta Sky Club

New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO)

Delta Sky JFK Airport Lounge

The Perks:

A good domestic option with the quality of an international lounge. The most noteworthy element of the Delta Sky Club at JFK is the SkyDeck, which overlooks the tarmac. Enjoy a drink or meal on the huge outdoor terrace as you watch the planes land and take off. There’s plenty of space to work on the go and a massive bar serving free drinks and snacks — although you’ll have to pay out of pocket for anything premium. The SFO hub has a beautiful dining area with Asian-inspired meal options. Shower suites are included at both locations.

Entry:

Complimentary for Sky Club members, American Express Delta Reserve Card/American Express Platinum Card holders and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers. Day passes available for $50 — a fantastic price, considering the surroundings you’re gaining.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX)

Virgin Atlantic JFK Airport Lounge

The Perks:

Boasting over 10,000 square feet in JFK’s Terminal 4, the lounge offers free food and drinks ranging from cocktails to dim sum, as well as complimentary mini-treatments at the in-house spa (with high-end Dr. Hauschka products) or Bumble & Bumble salon. The clubhouse has a swanky lounge feel to it, with huge sofas and a pool table that make for an easygoing lead-up to your business trip.

Entry:

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class tickets or Delta Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion frequent flyer members on a same-day nonstop flight to the U.K. Also available for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members, Singapore Airlines First Class ticket holders and first/business class TAM ticket holders. Separate entry is available for $75 per person — absolutely worth expensing if you’re looking for a swanky pre-flight experience.

oneworld Lounge

Los Angeles (LAX)

Oneworld LAX Airport Lounge

The Perks:

An ultra-trendy lounge out of the shiny, new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. There’s plenty of seating for over 400, and a massive buffet area and a slick bar serving whatever your heart desires. The indoor fire pit is a cozy touch. Extras abound, including access to nine shower suites with complimentary luxury products. If you’re lucky enough to have access to the first class area — a lounge within a lounge — take advantage of the restaurant, private spa treatment rooms and full shower suites with ASPAR products. The similarly exclusive Star Alliance Lounge is another option in the Tom Bradley terminal if you’re flying with a Star Alliance airline.

Entry:

Quantas Platinum, Marco Polo Club Gold, Diamond/BA Executive Club Gold elites and oneworld Emerald members. Business class lounge — oneworld airline alliance passengers.

Cathay Pacific Lounge

San Francisco (SFO)

Cathay Pacific SFO Airport Lounge

The Perks:

One of the smaller, more intimate offerings on this list. The lounge can seat 175 guests but is a massive 9,000 square feet in size — so you’re sure to have plenty of space to stretch out. It’s by far the most beautifully decorated, with white marble surfaces, black-granite walls and bamboo accents. Sit beneath the Venetian glass wall installation as you sip on a complimentary cocktail or gorge on some made-to-order noodles. Here you’ll find plenty of privacy to get work done while also enjoying the atmosphere.

Entry:

Business or first class ticket holders on Cathay Pacific or oneworld partners, or oneworld Sapphire or Emerald elite members.

United Polaris Lounges

Various Locations

ORD United Polaris Airport Lounge

The Perks:

Recently opened in Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 1, it’s surging ahead of the competition already. The surroundings are incredibly lush, with every detail accounted for, including top-notch food, private seating areas, ultra luxurious showers and the fastest Wi-Fi we’ve seen yet. There’ll soon be at least nine of these around the world, with Houston, Newark, and San Francisco to follow shortly in 2017.

Entry:

Available to first and business class ticket holders on United Polaris or Star Alliance partners. You can also get in if you’re a United Club, Star Alliance, Gold or Global Services member — but only when flying first or business class.

Airspace Lounge

Various Locations

Airspace Airport Lounge

The Perks:

Airspace provides a private, quiet lounge away from the bustle of the main terminals — yet at a fraction of the price. Locations including JFK, Cleveland and San Diego. Snacks and beverages are paid for, but at only $20-25 for entry ($10 of which is used as credit), it’s a steal of a deal if you need a quiet space to get a bit of pre-flight work done before a quick business trip.

Entry:

$20-25 depending on location. Complimentary access for American Express Platinum Card members (including one guest). In San Diego, Admirals Club and Alaska Airlines Board Room members also have free entry.

 

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Comments

  1. Catherine Lee says:

    Nice info. Yes, Some Airport Lounges Actually Worth Expensing. I feel like unta Cana International Airport VIP Lounge, Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge & Spa, Etihad Airways and Al Safwa Lounge were also among the world’s coolest airport lounges

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