Editor's Note: This is a recurring post that will be updated regularly with new information on lounge reopening.
People return to heaven as lockdowns ease and vaccination rates rise. However, the actual flight experience looks very different as airlines decrease andService flow redesignto minimize interactions between passengers and crew and reduce points of contact.
Even on the ground, air travel may seem unfamiliar as some airline lounges remain closed due to a combination of low demand and social distancing requirements. Things may not be going as usual in the open lounges in the meantime. For example, many lounges still only offer packaged food and drinks instead of their usual buffets and honesty bars. However, normality is slowly returning, at least in Germany.
If you're flying soon, find out which lounges are currently open here.
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Let's start by taking a look at the North American airlines that account for the majority of travel to, from, and within the United States. You'll notice that some airlines are missing from this list, like Southwest and JetBlue, because they don't operate lounges.
American Airlines offers three tiers of lounge experiences for its premium and elite passengers, including the more basic and predominantAdmirals Club,Flaggschiff-Loungesin major international gateways andFlagship-First-Restaurantson a smaller number of important hubs.
In general, flagship lounges cater to premium international passengers (whereby those flying in first-class three- and four-cabin aircraft are invited to flagship first dining) and the upper echelons. Meanwhile, Admirals clubs are for local streetfighters and require membership, a day pass, elevated elite status, or theCiti® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®access.
After being closed for nearly 18 months, American justhas reopened its New York-JFK Flagship Loungeand Flagship First Restaurant in mid-September. The Miami (MIA) flagship lounge will reopen on September 28, followed by the airline's three other outposts - Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) - later in fall 2021.
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American has since reopened all of its domestic Admirals Clubs, as well as a few international ones:
- Atlanta (ATL) – North Terminal, Concourse T
- Austin, Texas (AUS) – Gate 22.
- Boston (BOS) – Terminal B.
- Charlotte (CLT) – Halls B and C
- Chicago O'Hare (ORD) - Halls G, H/K and L.
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Terminals A, B, C, D und E.
- Denver (DEN) – Hall A
- Honolulu (HNL).
- Houston Intercontinental (IAH) – Terminal A.
- Los Angeles (LAX) - Terminals 4 and 5 and Eagle Regional Terminal.
- Mexico City (MEX).
- Miami (MIA) – Gates D15 and D30.
- Nashville (BNA) – Halle C.
- New York Kennedy (JFK) – Terminal 8, Concourses B and C.
- New York LaGuardia (LGA) – Halle D.
- Newark (EWR) – Terminal A.
- Orange County, Kalifornien (SNA) – Tor 8.
- Orlando (MCO) - Gate 55.
- Philadelphia (PHL) – Terminals B/C und F.
- Pittsburgh (PIT) - Main Lobby.
- Phoenix (PHX) - Gates A7 and B5.
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU) – Terminal 2.
- San Francisco (SFO) – Terminal 1.
- Sao Paulo (GRU).
- St. Louis (STL) – Halle C.
- Tampa (TPA) – Tor 85.
- Washington Reagan (DCA) – Terminals B und C.
It is not yet clear when the remaining international Admirals Club locations will open.
Related:American Airlines is expanding lounge access to more passengers and tightening rules
Once you're in a club, you can expect free hot food; signature dishes for sale; self-service snacks; disposable single use glassware; a full-service bar; touchless menus with signage and QR codes; foot operated door openers; hand sanitizer stations; and glass shields on service counters. Also, Admirals Clubs are again serving avocado toast in the mornings and guacamole and chips in the afternoons. A face covering is required while in the club, but you can remove it to eat or drink.
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American recently began selling premium wines and bottled champagne in select cities. Alternatively, customers can now sample wine flights, which cost between $11 and $13.
Related:Here's what food and drink to expect on your next flight
TrotzOffering the best business class product in the USA. (At least for now) Delta only has one type of lounge. That means you'll find yourself in a Sky Club whether you're traveling in International Business Class, have Delta Elite status orGain access via some popular credit cards.
As of late June, all Sky Club locations have reopened, including the following:
- Atlanta (ATL – ACPT).
- Atlanta (ATL-C37).
- Atlanta (ATL-A17).
- Atlanta (ATL-B18).
- Atlanta (ATL-D12).
- Atlanta (ATL-D27).
- Atlanta (ATL-E).
- Atlanta (ATL-F).
- Atlanta (ATL-T).
- Austin (AUS - 4).
- Boston (BOS-A7).
- Chicago (ORD-T2).
- Cincinnati (CVG-B).
- Dallas (DFW-E).
- Denver (DEN-A).
- Detroit (DTW-A38).
- Detroit (DTW-A68).
- Detroit (DTW-C).
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL-C1).
- Honolulu (HNL – F1).
- Indianapolis (IND – A).
- Jacksonville, Florida (JAX-A).
- LaGuardia (LGA-C).
- LaGuardia (LGA-D).
- Los Angeles (LAX – T2).
- Memphis (MEM – B/C).
- Miami (MIA – H/J).
- Milwaukee (MW – D).
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP – C).
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP – F/G).
- Nashville (BNA-B3).
- Newark (EWR-B).
- New Orleans (MSY – C).
- New York (JFK-T2).
- New York (JFK-T4).
- Orlando (MCO – 4).
- Portland (PDX – D).
- Philadelphia (PHL – D/E).
- Phönix (PHX – T3).
- Raleigh (RDU – T2).
- Seattle (SEA – A).
- San Diego (SAN – T2).
- San Francisco (SFO – C3).
- Salt Lake City (SLC).
- Tampa (TPA – E68).
- Washington DC (DCA – B15).,
- West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI – 4).
Just note that the shower facilities will remain closed and you must wear a mask during your visit except when eating or drinking.
Delta requires all travelers entering a Sky Club to wear a face mask or appropriate face covering over their nose and mouth. Food is take away and full bar service is available.
Related:The best Delta Sky Club lounges in the USA
United offers Polaris lounges for its premium long-haul international passengers and United Clubs for domestic travelers with membership, elevated elite status, or an eligible co-branded card. United has temporarily closed all of its Polaris lounges but has reopened the following United Club locations:
- Atlanta (North Terminal, Concourse T, between Gates 11 and 12).
- Austin (near Gate 22).
- Boston (near Gate B24).
- Chicago O'Hare (near Gate B6, near Gate B18, near Gate C16 and across from Gate F9).
- Cleveland (between gates C14 and C16).
- Dallas-Fort Worth (between gates E6 and E7).
- Denver (near Gate B32).
- Fort Lauderdale (near Gate C1).
- Honolulu (above Gates G2 and G3).
- Houston Intercontinental (near Gate E11, Gate C1, Gate C33 and Terminal B, South Mezzanine).
- Las Vegas (between gates D33 and D35).
- Los Angeles (near Gate 71A).
- New York LaGuardia (near the entrance of Gates 40-59).
- New York Newark (near Gate C74 and near Gate C93).
- Orange County (near Gate 9).
- Orlando (near Gate B43).
- Raleigh-Durham (opposite Gates D1 and D3).
- San Antonio (between gates B3 and B5).
- San Diego (between gates 47 and 48).
- San Francisco (near Gate E4 and near Gate F11).
- Washington Dulles (near Gate C7, near Gate D8 and near Gate 17).
All customers must wear a face covering except when eating and drinking. Clubs serve pre-packaged snacks, including some fresh food, and offer full bar service.
Related:The Ultimate Guide to Accessing the United Club
Alaska Airlines offers a fairly extensive lounge network for a primarily domestic and short-haul airline.
All locations are open again:
- Anchorage (ANC) – Concourse C, near Gate C-1.
- Los Angeles (LAX)— Terminal 6 on the mezzanine level, near Gate 64.
- New York-JFK - Terminal 7 on the mezzanine level, directly above security.
- PORTLAND, OR (PDX) - Concourse C, across from Gate C5.
- San Francisco (SFO)— Terminal 2, just after Security Control D.
- Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) - Concourse C, on the mezzanine level next to Gate C16.
- Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) - Concourse D, just past the Central Security Checkpoint.
- Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) - North Satellite on mezzanine level, above Gates N13 through N18.
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Air Canada initially took a more extreme step than its peers south of the border, closing all lounges worldwide. This includes all Maple Leaf lounges as well as the relatively new onesSignature-Suite-Lounges in Toronto und Vancouver.
As travel picks up again, Air Canada has begun reopening its lounges with a revised service flow. Lounges are currently open at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (international and domestic gates), Toronto-Pearson (Gates D and E), Vancouver (Gates C) and the Calgary Lounge (Concourse C).
The new Maple Leaf Lounge @ la table service allows meals to be ordered and delivered directly to your table by simply scanning an NFC or QR code found at the table. Visitors can also choose from two cold meals that are pre-packaged and sealed in a snack bag. There is also attended bar service with a full bar menu.
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American Express closed all Centurion lounges worldwide back in March. However, all US locations, including several brand new ones, have since reopened.
The following US lounges are currently welcoming eligible cardholdersDie Platinum Card® von American Expressor Centurion brand cards:
- Charlotte (CLT).
- Dallas (DFW).
- Denver (DEN).
- Houston (IAH).
- Las Vegas (The).
- Los Angeles (LAX)(temporarily closed for construction).
- Miami (MIA).
- New York (JFK).
- New York (LGA).
- Philadelphia (PHL).
- Phoenix (PHX).
- San Francisco (SFO).
- Seattle (MORE).
All lounges will operate under Amex's new "Centurion Lounge Commitment" to ensure the health and safety of flyers and staff. It includes socially distant seating, reduced capacity, more frequent cleanings, hand sanitizing stations and more. The bar will be open with a full wine list, but cocktail menus are abridged. Masks are mandatory when entering the lounge and may only be removed for eating or drinking.
Related:Amex Centurion lounges are bringing back self-service dining
The club operates 24 lounges across the US and UK with free access to most locations for travelers with a Priority Pass membership. The following US locations are open:
- Club ATL (Hall F).
- Club BOS (Terminal C).
- Club BWI (Hall D, near Gate 10).
- The Club BUF (Main Terminal).
- The Club CHS (Main Terminal, on the second floor towards Hall B).
- The Club CVG (Main Terminal, Concourse A).
- Club DFW (Terminal D, near Gate 27).
- The Club JAX (Hall A, behind the Food Court).
- Der Club LAS (Terminal 1).
- The Club MCO (Airside 1).
- The Club MCO (Airside 4).
- Club MSY (third floor of the main terminal, next to the entrance to Hall C).
- The Club PIT (Hall C).
- The Club SEA (Hall A).
- The Club SEA (S Gates).
- Club SJC (terminal A15).
There are several other Priority Pass lounges that have also reopened, including the Wingtips lounges at the JFK and STL locations, and Minute Suites.
Registration required for select benefits.
Escape Lounge - Centurion's studio partner
Out of the 11 US locations, here are the escape lounges currently open:
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
- Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).
- Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO).
- Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP).
- Oakland International Airport (OAK).
- Bradley International Airport (BDL).
- Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD).
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
The gives you free access to these loungesAmex PlatinkarteorDie Business Platinum Card® von American Express. Registration required.
While many airlines are taking a blanket approach of closing all lounges, some have opted to keep one or two open, mainly at their home airports or key international hubs. Almost all foreign airline lounges in the US are closed, including all locations operated by Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air, Emirates, Qantas and others. However, there are a handful of international lounges that are back in operation in the US, albeit with reduced hours or reduced service offerings, including:
- British Airways Galleries and Concorde Lounges in New York (JFK)
- Lufthansa Lounges in Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW) und Washington, D.C. (IAD).
- Air France-KLM lounges in New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD) and San Francisco (SFO).
- Turkish Airlines lounges in Washington, D.C. (IAD) and Miami (MIA).
- Korean Airlines lounges in New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX)
Note that some of these lounges are part of the Priority Pass network, however access may be restricted to members due to capacity restrictions.
Premium cabin passengersa Priority Pass membershipThere used to be multiple lounges to choose from, especially at major airports like New York-JFK and Los Angeles International. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of airport lounges around the world remain closed and those that remain open offer a different experience than customers are used to. However, as travel picks up again, many lounges are reopening.
Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson and Ethan Steinberg.
Editorial Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline, or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any such entity.
How can I get free access to airport lounges? ›
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- Get free access as an active military member. ...
- Get an airline or alliance lounge membership. ...
- Gain entry with elite points status. ...
- Gain access with your ticket.
- Alaska Airlines: Located in 6 major U.S. cities, with 650+ global partner lounges2.
- American Airlines: Located in 32 global hubs, along with access to 60 partner lounges3.
- Delta Airlines: More than 50 SkyClub locations, with partners located worldwide4.
When you book online, we automatically calculate the time you can enter (three hours prior to your flight time). You can leave the lounge and return any time during your stay, but must keep your luggage with you at all times.Are airport lounges open to all passengers? ›
Lounges give access to passengers with specific premium flight tickets (i.e. business or first class), status levels (i.e. Star Alliance Gold) or for having certain credit cards in their wallet, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express. You can also sometimes purchase access for a year or even just a day.Which American Express card gives access to airport lounges? ›
As part of The American Express Global Lounge Collection, Platinum Card Members can enjoy unlimited, complimentary access to Plaza Premium lounges around the world. Plaza Premium is a network of airport lounges around the world that are open to Platinum Card Members, regardless of airline or ticket class.Which debit card gives free access to airport lounges? ›
- InterMiles HDFC Signature Debit Card.
- HDFC EasyShop Platinum Debit Card.
- Axis Priority Debit Card.
- ICICI Coral Plus Debit Card.
- SBI Platinum International Debit Card.
- Kotak Privy League Signature Debit Card.
- ICICI Coral Paywave Contactless Debit Card.
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Usually, if you enter a lounge, nobody cares for how long you're staying there, which means that you can even spend overnight there (of course, if the lounge doesn't close for the night).How many hours can you stay in airport lounge? ›
The maximum stay listed is the validity of the pass. Each pass has a time limit of 3 – 12 hours depending on the lounge and the pass purchased. Should you wish to stay longer, you can always negotiate with the lounge staff directly to extend your stay. This will be subject to availability and the cost may be different.
Can you stay in an airport indefinitely? ›
Staying in Airports
If they don't ask you to leave, then you can stay there indefinitely unless you raise suspicion. However, staying in an airport is not the most sanitary way to live.
Airport lounges are no longer just for first and business class travellers. That's right, nowadays even if you are flying economy and have absolutely no airline loyalty, you can pay to enter a new style of pay-per-use lounges.How to get into Delta Sky lounge for free? ›
If you've got Delta's Gold or Platinum Medallion status, you can get into the Sky Club free when traveling internationally on Delta or a SkyTeam airline – even if you're flying economy. You can also bring one guest with you for free.How do you know if you are eligible for airport lounge access? ›
To use the Participating Airport Lounge, customer's Card must be validated at point of entry by swiping a transaction of a nominal Rs. 2 for access based on entry type 1. The customer will be denied the free entry if the Card is not approved by Issuer Bank upon this swipe.Does Amex get you into Delta Sky Club? ›
Customers with select Platinum Cards and Centurion Cards from American Express may access Delta Sky Club locations when traveling on a same-day ticket on a Delta-operated (Delta or Delta Connection) or Delta-marketed flight operated by WestJet (006 ticket number).Can I use my Amex card for lounge access? ›
The American Express Platinum Card®, for example, gives Card Members unlimited complimentary access to The Global Lounge Collection®.Which card has most lounge access? ›
- HDFC Visa Signature Credit Card.
- HDFC Bank Diners Club Black Credit Card.
- Yatra SBI Credit Card.
- SBI Advantage Platinum Credit Card.
- SBI Platinum Corporate Card.
- Axis Bank Miles & More World Credit Card.
- Axis Bank Privilege Credit Card.
- Axis Bank Signature Credit card.
- SBI Card Elite.
- SBI Card PRIME.
- SBI Card PRIME PRO.
- SBI Corporate Platinum Card.
- SBI Corporate Platinum Card.
- SBI Corporate Signature Card.
- Air India SBI Signature Card.
- South Indian Bank SBI Platinum Card.
Airport lounges are no longer just for first and business class travellers. That's right, nowadays even if you are flying economy and have absolutely no airline loyalty, you can pay to enter a new style of pay-per-use lounges.How do I get access to most airport lounges? ›
Credit cards with VIP perks. By far the easiest way to ensure you can access an airport lounge is with a credit card. There are a number of credit cards that offer lounge access as a perk of simply having the card.
What is complimentary airport lounge access? ›
What do lounges offer? Lounges are often filled with complimentary amenities such as premium food and snacks, fully stocked bars, modern shower facilities, fast WiFi, plentiful power outlets and secure business centers.