Pay for global lounge ac­cess with Emi­rates and Eti­had

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EMI­RATES HAS EX­TENDED its pol­icy al­low­ing paid-for ac­cess to its lounges, fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the ser­vice at Dubai In­ter­na­tional (pic­tured) ear­lier this year.

Sky­wards sil­ver and blue mem­bers can pay for ac­cess “for them­selves only” at 27 in­ter­na­tional air­ports, in­clud­ing Heathrow, Gatwick and Manch­ester, at a cost of US$100 for four hours. Plat­inum and gold mem­bers can pay for ac­cess for com­pan­ions, over the num­ber they are oth­er­wise en­ti­tled to. Pas­sen­gers must be on “Emi­rates mar­keted and op­er­ated flights and Emi­rates code­share flights op­er­ated by Qan­tas”.

Eti­had is also now al­low­ing econ­omy class pas­sen­gers to pay for lounge ac­cess world­wide, with Heathrow cost­ing £45 and Manch­ester £40. Busi­ness class cus­tomers can pay to up­grade to the car­rier’s first class lounge and spa in Abu Dhabi (from US$200, or US$100 for Eti­had Guest gold mem­bers). Econ­omy fly­ers can also now “bid” for up to three empty seats next to theirs, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity.

How­ever, Eti­had has shelved its free chauf­feur drive ser­vice for first and busi­ness class pas­sen­gers at all des­ti­na­tions ex­cept Abu Dhabi. In­stead, it has in­tro­duced a paid-for chauf­feur ser­vice for all cus­tomers “at spe­cially ne­go­ti­ated rates”, with the abil­ity to earn miles on book­ings. emi­, eti­

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