Traveling can be stressful -- but less so if you can unwind
between flights with a massage, cocktail, a movie and maybe even a nap in a
Around the globe, there are hundreds of private airport
lounges. Most of them are open only to first- or business-class fliers, elite
members of frequent-flier programs or to those willing to pay up to $70 for a day
But there's another way in: having the right credit card in
your wallet. Rewards cards with lounge privileges typically don't come cheap
-- annual fees are more than $300 a year in most cases. Some come with
automatic access to an airline's airport lounge program, while others give you
a way in through other international lounge networks.
To find the top airline hideaways available through credit
cards, we consulted with the airlines. We scoured online reviews on sites such
as Yelp and FlyerTalk. We examined online photos on blogs. We talked with
makers of an app called LoungeBuddy,
which breaks through complicated lounge-access rules to guide travelers to
their "airport oasis."
Most ordinary clubrooms offer drinks, snacks, comfortable
seats and workstations. But in building this list of the top 13 airport lounges
accessible with credit cards, we looked for features that made a lounge stand
out. Think distinctive architecture, stylish furnishings, innovative food and
Our picks are highlighted in the map below. Click on a city
to get a taste of what each one has to offer.
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