Priority Pass, which is a worldwide network of airport lounges, just sent me an email with news of new lounges.
First, the two new lounges at Zurich Flughafen are from OneWorld and Skyteam. Neither has showers, but do offer unlimited drinks and free Wi-Fi for an hour. Access to the Panorama Lounge, which has an unbelievable view of the opposite terminal and tarmac, as well as Swiss Lounge D, which has showers, is still included with Priority Pass membership. If your layover is long enough, you might as well have a drink in all of them!
|Panorama Lounge at Zurich Flughafen|
Other lounges that offer access starting August 20, 2013 are the following:
- Marigold Lounge in the international terminal of Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is Bali, Indonesia’s main airport. Since Indonesia is a Muslim country, drinks are limited to beer only. There are showers and prayer rooms, too.
- Gapura Lounge in the domestic terminal of Sultan Iskandar Muta International Airport, in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. There are prayer rooms and separate smoking areas, among other perks. Since it is a domestic only lounge, there is no alcohol service.
- Crown Lounge in the international terminal at Husein Sastranegara International Airport, in Bandung, Indonesia. This lounge features a surprisingly full bar, prayer rooms, and unlimited internet access.
- Terminal A Business Lounge in the domestic terminal of Zhulyany International Airport, in Kiev, Ukraine. Access for the handicapped, drinks and WiFi are available here.
Priority Pass has 3 membership plans and I received the highest level as a benefit of having the American Express Platinum card. It’s a nifty feature, especially for a business traveler who might fly economy, but still wants a more private area to work at the airport or freshen up after an overnight flight.
With the exception of my Istanbul trip for Thanksgiving last year, all of my recent overseas vacations have been in either business or first class, so I get lounge access due to the ticket-class, anyway. Additionally, most of my domestic travel from New York is on United which no longer has a relationship with Priority Pass. However, you can access domestic Delta, American and USAir lounges with a Priority Pass membership and same-day boarding pass, which is great, especially for folks in Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte.