Whether your low-cost flight itinerary includes a long layover or travel delays have you unexpectedly setting up camp at the airport, an airport lounge can be the perfect way to make the best of your stay at an otherwise uncomfortable terminal. Though some lounges restrict access to certain passengers flying in first or business class, others are available to travelers (usually for a fee). For now, we’re pulling back the curtain on some of America’s finest airport lounges and giving you a sneak peek at the luxury that awaits lounge-goers.
British Airways Concorde Room, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York
The Concorde Room at JFK International Airport is an elegant affair, and certainly the airline’s most exclusive lounge. Traditional chandeliers and ample seating offer plenty of opportunities for weary travelers to relax between flights, with a glass of complimentary champagne in hand, of course. An exclusive dining experience also awaits at the Concorde Room, where the fine dining menu includes high-end steaks, seafood and daily specials, paired with decadent desserts and fine wines. All this is included with access to the lounge.
To truly unwind, travelers can even book a complimentary 15-minute spa service at British Airways’ neighboring Galleries Lounge. Access to the Concorde Room is limited to those flying first class with the airline.
JFK Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York
Modern, chic and swanky, the JFK Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is exactly what one would expect from this trend-setting airline. Drawing inspiration from New York City, this clubhouse features retro seating, textured designs and bright, open spaces.
How you relax is up to you: Have a drink at the cocktail bar, dine on seared salmon or chicken ramen noodles at the brasserie or hang out in the entertainment area, where a pool table and flat screen TV await. While you’re here, don’t miss out on getting pampered at the Clubhouse Spa.
Day passes are available for purchase for any First Class and Main Cabin Select ticket holders. Day passes are $75 for adults and $40 for children.
American Express Centurion Lounge, San Francisco International Airport, California
While airport lounges are usually created for specific airlines, credit card company American Express is rolling out its own brand of Centurion Lounges in airports across the U.S. The Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport opened in late 2014, offering more than 8,000 square feet of amenities. While at the lounge, travelers can indulge in a taste of nearby Napa Valley through the “Wine & Dine” program, get ahead on work at an uber-connected workstation or relax and recharge with a private shower suite.
You’ll need to be an American Express cardholder to take advantage of these perks. Platinum cardholders get complimentary access, while cardholders of any other AmEx can purchase a day pass for $50.
Delta Sky Club, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia
If you’re looking for a bit of a respite in the world’s busiest airport, look no further than the Delta Sky Club. While there are more than a handful of Sky Club locations at this busy airport, you won’t want to miss the views from the Sky Club on Concourse F. Here, Delta’s Sky Deck pampers travelers with views as you enjoy complimentary snacks, drinks and WiFi. Plus, shower access lets you refresh before or after your flight. One-day passes can be purchased for $50.
(Main image: Virgin Atlantic)