Have you ever enjoyed the lounge at the airport? I can tell you that it makes a huge difference when spending a lot of time flying and connecting.
The lounge access and priority boarding is what made me choose a preferred airline. I make sure to always book with them or their partners to get the points!
You may roll your eyes and think people using the lounge are snobs, but the quiet space with free food, free high-speed internet, showers, couches, and great view is really nice during a 13-hour travel day.
The good news is that you don't need to have a frequent flyer status to benefit from the lounge. You can buy a pass! Note that not all ticket fares or airport will allow it. The lounge available in the airport might also be with a partner airline. They'll let you know if you are eligible. For some fares, you will be able to purchase a pass 24-hour or more ahead of time when doing your check-in or managing your reservation. Check it, it's worth it. I was able to buy one at LAX on a Air Canada Tango fare, but not in Montreal. Many airports also have passenger lounges where you can purchase a pass right on the day. These lounges are not always as nice as the airline lounges, but great spaces none the less.
Count how much money you'll spend at the airport on food and drinks and see if it's worth buying the pass. It may range from 15$ to 60$ USD.
Obviously it's not a necessity, but I like a calm and comfy environment in the midst of a high-intensity adventure.
Feel free to share your airport and lounge experiences in the comments below. I would love to read them.
Who Am I? I'm many things. I'm passionate about tons of stuff. I love travel. I love self-improvement. I'm a sucker for optimization, efficiency, and minimalism. I renewed with mathematics and science, those are so amazing. Astronomy and chemistry are just plain awesome! I'm a student, a mentor, a traveler, a learner, an artist, an animator, and Disney brings me tears of joy! I love to grow and I will never stop! So who am I? All that and everything else I have not discovered about myself yet. It's a never ending answer!
Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!