Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, getting stuck in a crowded airport on a long layover is a major drag. Sure, it may have come at a major break in the cost of your ticket, but after a couple of idle hours, it’s easy to start to wonder if the extra savings were actually worth your time. Especially if you’re flying solo, it can be a major hassle to buy refreshments, lug your bags to the bathroom, or stroll around the duty-free shopping for hours after the small window of free WiFi expires.
Fortunately, there are ways to get around this issue. Perhaps the most convenient of those ways is airport lounges. Before you write this article off as another expensive way to solve your problems, hear me out: Airport lounges around the world are actually more affordable than you think. Many of them can be used for under $60, which after you tabulate the costs involved in your food, beverages, snacks, WiFi, and other airport purchases, doesn’t seem that bad.
Whether you’re flying abroad with stops in Toronto or Bali, or sticking closer to home with a layover in Los Angeles, there’s probably an airport lounge you should take advantage of. We’ve done some searching and found five of the best airport lounges to change your perspective on the long layover.
Dnata Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport
At Dnata Lounge in Terminal 3 at Singapore’s Changi Airport, comfort is affordable. The airport lounge is under $40 to enter and boasts views of the runway. The entry fee also includes ample power outlets, showers, and food, like dim sum.
OneWorld Lounge, Los Angeles International Airport
If you’re flying internationally through the Tom Bradley terminal, be sure to check out the OneWorld Business Lounge. Jointly operated by British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas airlines, the lounge accommodates 400 passengers and offers California-inspired food options and nine shower suites to freshen up in. To get in, book a first class or business class ticket on any of the airlines that run the lounge or have sapphire or emerald OneWorld status.
Delta Sky Club, New York John F. Kennedy Airport
At Delta’s flagship Sky Club at New York’s JFK airport’s Terminal 4, you can prepare for a luxurious travel experience. Entry to the club comes with a SkyDeck to watch airline activity, WiFi, and complimentary food and beverages. To get in, be a SkyClub member, have an American Express credit card, or pay a $50 fee.
Plaza Premium Lounge, Toronto Pearson International Airport
No matter what kind of ticket you have, the Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has space for you to recharge. For an entry fee under $35, guests can get comfortable in cushy chairs, charge devices, and watch large flat-screen televisions. A widespread selection of beer, wine, liquor, and food is also available for lounge patrons.
Premier Lounge, Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali
Traveling to or from Bali is an adventure, and the Premier Lounge at the international terminal in Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is an affordable way to increase your comfort levels. For under $25, you can gain access to the lounge, which boasts WiFi and showers, so you won’t fly or arrive at your destination dirty. If you’re hungry, take advantage of the included buffet as well as spirits, beer, and wine.