This post is being written in he comfort of the Delta Club at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). No, I’m not a regular or even a member. With the purchase of a $50 pass, entrance was granted for the same experience as the very frequent fliers.
Why Pay for an Airline Lounge Visit?
I’ve been traveling for years but this is the first time I’ve ever been in an airline lounge and let me tell you, I could get used to it! You may think it’s extravagant (and I’m not disagreeing) but here are three reasons purchasing a pass could be worth the price.
After a brief flight at the crack of dawn (okay, 6:30 am), I had 3 hours scheduled between flights. I could choose to spend them in a crowded terminal where a quiet space is not to be found, paying outrageous prices for food and drink and without internet access (at least for free).
Instead I decided to spend some money and use the Delta Sky Club. IF nothing else, it would be much more relaxing and comfortable.
Recover from International Travel
A lot of the people already in the lounge when I arrived at 7:30 a.m. were international passengers. The lounge gave them a place to shower, eat and decompress after a long and overnight flight.
Using an airline club would have drastically improved my day when I returned from my first trip to Europe. A three hour layover in Dallas was not enjoyable.
In addition to the relaxing environment during my layover the real reason I shelled out $50 was because of the amenities in the lounge. I could get breakfast, free wi-fi, magazines and newspapers, beverages (alcoholic and virgin) and access to printers/televisions.
Last month I had the same layover length and paid over $17 for a breakfast burrito, coffee and bottle of water. I didn’t use wi-fi because I hate paying so much for a couple of hours of access.
I didn’t even like the breakfast burrito but there were very limited options. Today, I had oatmeal, half a bagel with cream cheese, an apple, coffee, juice and bottled water. I also had unlimited wi-fi and found a couple of interesting magazines to read.
All this (and many more menu items) were included in the price of the pass.
Value for the Money?
Only you can determine if the cost of an airline lounge is worth paying. For me, it was definitely $50 well spent. Ironically, that was the same price to upgrade to first class on my short 25 minute flight. That was not a good value for the money.
I also think it depends on where you are in life. If I was still paying down my student loans I wouldn’t have splurged. However, having money in the budget for fun makes it a guilt-free pleasure that I will do again.
Do you think airline lounges are worth the price?