More - and cheaper - ways to access airport lounges

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  1. sobore
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    http://travel.usatoday.com/experts/...r---ways-to-access-airport-lounges/49516764/1

    Many travelers have lost or given up their airline club memberships along with their expense accounts, their frequent-flier status and, in many cases, their jobs. And some airline lounges have closed due to airline consolidation and belt-tightening.

    But airports are still crowded and many travelers still seek quiet spots to plug in and work, make phone calls, catch a nap or just think.

    Most airline club rooms will sell day passes to non-members for a fee of between $30 and $50. Some credit cards offer access at a select set of airline club rooms as part of the annual fee. And the Priority Pass program levies both a membership and per-visit fee for access to a menu of about 600 airport club rooms around the world.
     
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    While Priority Pass and the independent contract lounges don't depend on which carrier one is flying, it should be pointed out that most of the credit card access rules, as well as some airline status/airline club/day pass schemes, depend crucially on having a boarding pass for a departure on a particular set of airlines for that day. One must also be able physically to get to the lounge through airport security and/or passport control areas. It can be very complicated.
     

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