PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE
This independent lounge operator had its rst opening at ong ong International Airport back in 1998. Today, the network consists of 60 locations at 17 international airports in China, Malaysia, Singapore, India, the Maldives, Oman, Canada and, of course, Hong Kong.
All of its lounges offer food and beverage buffets with à la carte menus for the more premium customers. All lounges also have shower facilities, private rest areas, free WiFi access, workstations with computers and printers and spas (although treatments cost extra).
To access these lounges most guests pay for each visit, with rates varying for each lounge. However, the group now also offers annual passes in Canada and Malaysia. Some airlines that do not have lounges at a given airport partner with Plaza Premium to offer complimentary access.
Airspace Lounges can be found at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a third scheduled to open soon in JFK Airport’s Terminal 5. The JFK lounge will be near Gate 24 and airlines such as JetBlue Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and Aer Lingus.
Airspace Lounge allows any airline passenger to enter with the purchase of a daily entry pass, which starts at $20. Membership is not required. Once inside, customers can enjoy complimentary food and beverages, complimentary wireless Internet, power outlets at every seat and workspaces.
These lounges have partnerships with American Express to offer certain cardholders free access.
The Travelers’ Lounge at HKIA Currently available at four airports, “The Club at…” concept is open to all passengers without an annual membership fee. Just purchase a one day pass at the reception desk. Entry includes free snacks and drinks, newspapers and magazines, TV, telephones, computer work stations, and Internet / Dataports and WiF access.
So far, The Club is available at DFW, Raleigh-Durham International, McCarran International in Las Vegas and Mineta San José International Airport.
The Club partners with Priority Pass and Diners Club International. Launched in 1992, Priority Pass today has an expansive network of 600 lounges in 300 cities around the world. The lounges offer all the basic amenities, including WiFi, food and beverage buffets, shower facilities, beds and workstations.
Unlike Plaza Premium, Priority Pass only works on a membership basis, and to make use of their lounges travelers have to sign up beforehand. There are three types of membership: standard, which costs $99 a year and allows guests into lounges for an additional cost of $27 per use; standard plus membership ($249), which offers members 10 free uses of any lounge within a year, with members charged at the standard rate of $27 from the 11th visit onwards; and prestige membership, which costs $399 annually and gives guests unlimited use of all lounges for a year.