Airport lounges in Seattle Tacoma International and how to get access

Will you be flying to or from Seattle in Washington State (USA) anytime soon? If you will be passing through Seattle Tacoma International airport to catch an outbound flight or make a connection, you may be interested in spending your wait at one of their comfortable and exclusive lounges. Discover how you can get into an airport lounge after your stay in the Emerald City, depending on which airline you fly with, your ticket class or the terminal from which your flight will depart. Below you will find further info about the terminals at SeaTac, which carriers operate from each and their corresponding lounges, as well as the different ways to be granted admission into The Club at SEA, the United Club, the American Express Centurion Lounge, the Alaska lounges, the Delta Sky Club and the British Airways Terraces in Seattle airport.

Terminals in Seattle Tacoma International airport – SeaTac

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When in Sea-Tac, you will need to find your way around one main terminal building divided into four concourses and two satellite terminals: you will need to go to Concourse A if you are flying with JetBlue, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, United or Japan Airlines; transfer to Concourse B if you fly with Frontier or WestJet; it is likely that you will be sent to either Concourse C or D if your airline is Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, Alaska Airlines or American Airlines, and when travelling internationally, chances are that you will board the plane on the South Satellite Terminal (if you are a passenger on a flight by Emirates, Asiana, Air France, Aeromexico, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hawaiian Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic or Volaris, among others).

Passenger lounges in Seattle Tacoma airport and how to get access

The airport lounges in Seattle Tacoma are located after the security checkpoints and offer power outlets, USB charging stations, comfortable seating, an exclusive and quiet ambiance, free WiFi, complimentary food and drinks and, in some instances, business facilities, nap pods, showers and runway views. Scroll down to discover the exact location and opening times of your favorite lounge and how to gain admission into it.

The Club at SEA

The Club at SEA has two locations: one in Concourse A, next to Gate A12 and open from 5:00 to 23:00 every day, and another one in the mezzanine level of the South Satellite terminal, right above Gate S10. You can purchase a Club Pass online to enter the lounge regardless of your ticket class and the airline you fly with. Walk-ins might be accepted subject to capacity. Likewise, frequent flyers who are members of the Priority Pass, Lounge Club or Lounge Key loyalty programs may enjoy access to the lounge.

United Club Lounge in Seattle Tacoma airport

The United Lounge in Seattle airport (Washington, USA) is found in Concourse A across Gate A10. Its working hours go from 4:15 to 23:30, and it is open to holders of a United Club one-time pass (a mobile or a printed out one), members of the United Club and other elite-status frequent flyers catching flights operated by Star Alliance partners.

American Express Centurion Lounge

You will find the Amex Centurion Lounge at Seattle airport in Concourse B near Gate B3. It opens between 7:00 and 15:30 or 19:00 daily offering complimentary access to holders of an American Express Platinum Card, a Business Platinum, a Corporate Platinum or a Centurion and Delta Sky Miles Reserve members.

Alaska Airlines aiport lounges in Sea-Tac

There are three Alaska lounges at SEA with the aim of catering to the needs of flyers with elite status (Alaska MVP or Gold) whenever they fly with a Oneworld partner airline. They are located in Concourses C and D and in the North Satellite building, with opening times ranging from 5:00 to midnight every day of the week.

Delta Sky Club

The VIP lounge for Delta Sky Club members at Sea-Tac airport is situated in Concourse A next to Gate A 1, and its opening hours are 4:15 to 00:00 daily.

British Airways Terraces

If you are flying first class or business with British Airways and want to access the Terraces Lounge in Seattle, you must hold a Club World, Club Europe, Gold, Silver or Executive Oneworld status / membership. For admission, go to level 5 of the South Satellite Terminal between 10:00 and 19:30.

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Lufthansa first class lounges for passengers in Frankfurt airport

Business travellers flying out of Frankfurt in Germany may spend their waiting time before boarding the plane in the most stylist and comfortable passenger lounges. Being located in a city known as a global financial hub, and serving as main operational base for Lufthansa international flights -along with the services provided by Lufthansa City Line, Lufthansa Cargo and Condor-, Frankfurt airport truly strives for excellence when it comes to catering to frequent flyers’ needs.

Location of the Lufthansa first class lounges at FRA

If you travel for work and take a business trip to Frankfurt, you will find the Lufthansa first class lounges in Terminal 1. Passengers travelling within the Schengen area must use the lounges situated closer to Gate A13 in concourse A, whereas travellers bound for countries other than EU ones or non-Schengen destinations are invited to the lounges situated between the boarding gates B22 and B22 in concourse B or near gate Z50.

*UPDATE: At present, the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in T1, concourse B, and the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in concourse B are temporarily closed. The others, including the lounge located in the First Class Terminal, remain open between 5:30/6:00 and 21:30/22:00 every day. 

Who can access the Lufthansa first class lounges in Frankfurt?

In order to be granted admission to the facilities and enjoy the amenities and refreshment at your disposal, you must be flying with Lufthansa or Swiss, have purchased a first class seat and show a valid boarding pass corresponding to your confirmed departure from Frankfurt airport on that very same day. The two lounges remain open from 5:15 to 22:00 every day, although you will only be able to use it when departing and not when arriving.

What can you do inside the Lufthansa first class lounge?

First and foremost, these lounges at FRA airport are perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of the terminals and relax before your flight. The Lufthansa first class lounges ensure you have a comfortable sofa to feel like at home, yet without losing your privacy thanks to the convenient arrangement of seats in the space. Both premises feature several equipped bathrooms with complimentary toiletries for you to have a bath or shower.

In case you are hungry, spend some time in the dining area and either help yourself at the buffet or order from their a-la-carte menu. Know that there is also a specifically designated area for smokers where you can smoke a last cigarette without disturbing other travellers in the lounge. The added value of the Lufthansa lounges in Frankfurt airport comes with their Spa centre, available from 7:30 to 21:00, and a library.

For those last-minute tasks still to be completed while in the city, users of the Lufthansa first class lounge also have office equipment and WiFi so that they can send the last e-mails and messages, print documents, prepare a meeting or rehearse their next presentation. Bear in mind that if a colleague or family member is coming along with you as a guest to the lounge, he or she must have a valid boarding pass for the same flight you are on.

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Nivaria airport lounge in Tenerife North International

Do you like to spend the waiting time before your flight in passenger lounges? To many, the idea of staying away from the noise of the transit area inside the terminals, having a drink or two, indulging in the catering and relaxing with a view of the runway where planes land and take off is simply captivating. If you seek this kind of exclusivity and are travelling to Tenerife in the Canary Islands (Spain) whether for business or on holiday, know that there is a VIP lounge in TFN. For disambiguation purposes, we are going to talk about the airport lounge in Tenerife North airport –also known as Los Rodeos-, which serves the areas of Santa Cruz, Güimar, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Teide and even Masca and Los Gigantes, although these two involve a 90-minute car commute. On the other hand, the airport in the south of the islandTenerife South or Reina Sofia– is closer to the more touristy Costa Adeje as well as of El Medano and Las Galletas, and has its own VIP lounge for passengers too.

How to get access to the airport lounge in Tenerife North airport

This lounge is open to passengers of both Schengen and non-Schengen flights, including those flying to other islands within the Canarian archipelago. While first and business class flyers, holders of some credit cards and members of frequent traveller programs like Priority Pass may be granted courtesy access to this facility, anyone taking a departing flight out of Tenerife North International airport can purchase a pass to the Nivaria lounge at its entrance. The admission fee is 26,20 euros which can be paid using cash or by card. Subscribers to the Aena Customer Club enjoy the advantage of booking through their app in advance thus getting a 30% discount off the total price.

Location and working hours of the Nivaria airport lounge in Los Rodeos

The airport lounge in Tenerife North is situated on the mezzanine after security, accessible by taking a lift you will find to your right once you have gone through the Duty Free walk-through store, or by going up the stairs found on the regional departures zone. It stays open from 6:15 to 22:30 every day of the week. In the event of suffering a flight delay, travellers can extend their visit to the lounge, although unfortunately this will not apply past closing time.

Amenities for travellers at the VIP lounge in Tenerife airport

You are allowed to stay inside the lounge for a maximum of four hours, and do not forget that, after paying the admission fee, everything is complimentary: from the food to the use of the wireless internet network, including the stations with desktop computers. In case you want to take the opportunity to catch up with work, connect your device to the free WiFi or use the business facilities you will find to the left upon entering the lounge. On the contrary, if you would rather relax before your flight, enjoy the views while having a light meal or snack accompanied by the alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of your preference. You are equally advised to keep an eye on the constantly updated flight information panels or watch the news on TV.

In our last visit to the Nivaria VIP lounge in Tenerife North airport we had the following amenities at our disposal: fashion magazines, cultural publications, international press and local newspapers; toilets for the exclusive use of guests; a selection of cold beers, juice and bottled mineral water; spirits; a self-serve coffee machine from which you can get hot chocolate, tea and a variety of coffee specialties; sandwiches and salads; nuts, biscuits, cured meats and cheese portions packed individually; pastries and gluten-free and sugar-free options.

Will you be passing through Gran Canaria airport in Spain as well? Take a look at our review of the Sala VIP Galdós in LPA.

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Passenger lounges in Düsseldorf airport, Germany

Düsseldorf International airport (IATA code: DUS) is the third largest commercial aviation hub in Germany, only behind Frankfurt (FRA) and Munich (MUC). Conveniently situated close to the downtown –7 kilometres away-, the three terminals of Düsseldorf airport serve as primary base for Eurowings and as focus city for carriers like Condor, SunExpress, Lauda, TuiFly Deutschland and Flybe.

In order to navigate their way around the three concourses and the executive terminal, passengers have a monorail system at their disposal. While waiting to board their flight, the can have a drink, eat a meal, work, and take a nap or a shower at the airport lounges located in each terminal. Access to the lounges is sometimes granted according to the category of your plane ticket or your frequent flyer status, as is the case with the Emirates lounge in Düsseldorf airport and the Lufthansa Business and Lufthansa Senator lounges; for other exclusive spaces inside the terminals like the Open Sky and the Hugo Junkers lounge, having purchased a pass or being a member of a loyalty card program will suffice. For longer stays in the city regardless of the purpose of your visit, you are advised to book a hotel in Düsseldorf centre.

Airport lounges in Düsseldorf: Terminal A

As the main boarding and departure concourse for Lufthansa and Eurowings, terminal A of DUS accommodates both the Lufthansa Business Lounge and the Lufthansa Senator Lounge on its gallery level. Other member airlines of the Star Alliance like Scandinavian, Swiss International and Austrian also operate from this building. The Lufthansa lounges in Düsseldorf airport remain open from 5 am to around 9 pm every day and feature catering, internet connectivity, press and magazines, TV, work stations and showers in the case of the Senator lounge.

Lounges in Düsseldorf airport, Germany: Terminal B

This terminal is primarily dedicated to Schengen flights operated by the SkyTeam and OneWorld alliances, that is, by carriers such as Alitalia, British Airways, KLM, Air France and Iberia, alongside operations by TuiFly and Condor. In this concourse, passengers may access the Hugo Junkers Lounge on the second floor by paying for a day-access (27 euros –adults; 11 euros –kids aged 12 and under) or as members of the Lounge Club, Lounge Pass or Priority Pass frequent flyer programs, among others. The working hours of this two-level airport lounge in Düsseldorf go from 5 am to 9 pm, and passengers may enjoy hot and cold meals, drinks, complimentary WiFi, TV and showers.

Non-Schengen lounges in Düsseldorf airport

Terminal C of DUS airport is the place to go for travellers departing Germany aboard flights operated by Delta, Etihad Airways or Emirates. Besides, if they are having an overnight layover in Düsseldorf before making a connection to a destination overseas, they may stay at the Maritim Hotel, within easy reach from this building. Otherwise, to spend their waiting time in a relaxing atmosphere, they may either choose the centrally-located Open Sky Lounge (with similar opening hours to the other lounges in the airport and at the same price) or benefit from their privileges as Emirates flyers by accessing the Emirates Lounge in the non-Schengen area of Terminal C of DUS. Inside, enjoy a pre-flight drink or meal, catch up with work or take a revitalizing shower. Note, however, that the opening times of the Emirates Lounge in Düsseldorf are limited and may depend on the scheduled operations for that particular day.

Have you got everything sorted out for your business trip to Germany already? If you will be visiting other German cities for work, see our recommendations for a stay in Munich International airport.

Passenger lounges at Lisbon International airport in Portugal

Have you ever considered spending your waiting time before boarding the plane in a VIP lounge? Being able to relax away from the sometimes stressful airport concourses is just one of the many advantages of purchasing a premium plane ticket or a passenger VIP lounge pass.

The ANA Lounge as well as a lounge specifically designated for travellers flying with Tap Portugal airlines are located in Terminal 1 of Humberto Delgado airport (Aeroporto de Lisboa), and can be found on an upper level after security, once we leave the shopping area behind us.

What can you do in the ANA lounge at Lisbon airport?

This exclusive zone provides a vast living area featuring comfortable seats, power outlets to recharge the battery of all your electronic devices, computers, free Internet access, facilities for showering, international newspapers and magazines and panoramic views to the apron for those who love to see airplanes take off and land. While doing so, guests may also have a nice cup of coffee, enjoy a glass of wine or eat a light and healthy pre-flight meal.

How to be granted admission to the ANA VIP lounge in Lisboa

If your trip to Lisbon is over and you want to end your stay in style, know that the VIP lounge at Portela airport is available from 5am to 11pm every day, and that you can spend as much as three hours inside while waiting to board your flight.

The admission fee is 25 euros per adult, and if you are accompanied by children under 12 and older than 3, only 15 euros per each will be charged. However, passengers flying with American Airlines, Emirates, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Air France, Luxair, Swiss, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines or British Airways may enter the lounge for free or at reduced prices.

Members of the Dragon Pass and Priority Pass frequent-flyer programs are also entitled to use these lounges.

The exclusive lounge for Tap Portugal passengers in Lisbon airport

Being the holder of a first class ticket to fly with Tap Portugal instantly makes you eligible to access their VIP lounge in Lisbon. All travellers with an executive or Tap corporate ticket, as well as members of Victoria Gold, Star Alliance and American Express frequent flyer programmes have the right to enjoy this premium service.

The Tap Portugal lounge inside T1 gives you the chance to work, get connected through WiFI, refresh yourself, unwind, relax and try exquisite Portuguese dishes and wines, all in front of the marvellous scenery of the runway. If you are flying economy with Tap but still want to have these privileges, you can visit their website and buy lounge passes online providing the reference of your flight.

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Which Plaza Premium Lounge in Toronto Pearson airport should I go to?

Boasting a strong presence in international airports across the globe, the renowned Plaza Premium group offers six distinct airport lounges in Toronto Pearson (Ontario, Canada). This enables passengers boarding planes towards domestic destinations, airports in the US or cities overseas to spend their waiting time in a relaxing ambience where they will be treated to first-class food, refreshments and amenities. Aside from those particular circumstances in which an airline will invite the traveler into the lounge to make up for a delay or cancellation, the Plaza Premium Lounges in Toronto grant admission to all passengers regardless of the category of their airplane ticket as long as they purchase a pass or show proof of their frequent traveler program membership. Continue reading to find out which terminal you need to go and the specific lounges available according to your final destination

Which terminal in Toronto Pearson will my flight depart from?

The airline with which you will be flying out of Toronto Pearson airport in Canada determines the terminal you need to go to and, therefore, the Plaza Premium Lounges that will be available in your departure concourse.

Lounges in Terminal 1 of Toronto airport can be used by passengers flying with Air Canada, Emirates, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa, United, Eva Air, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Tap Air Portugal, among others; whereas the Plaza Premium Lounges in Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson can be accessed by travelers holding a boarding pass purchased from Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Sunwing, Air France, Air Italy, American Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern and Southern, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Korean Air, Icelandair and KLM.

It must be noted, though, as it will be detailed below, that lounges are classified into domestic, international and specific for travelers flying from Canada to the USA.

How can I gain access to a Plaza Premium Lounge in Toronto YYZ airport?

It is important to know that the Plaza Premium lounges of Toronto Pearson airport are located after security, and so only travelers in possession of a valid boarding pass who are either in transit or departing on an outbound plane within the following hours can access them.

You can purchase a pass at the reception or online that will entitle you to spend your waiting time inside the lounge and enjoy the complimentary drinks, food and amenities during one hour (only for breakfast), two hours, three hours or six hours. Children travelling with adults are granted admission at discounted prices and those under 2 enter free of charge.

In case you are a member of a frequent flyer program like Priority Pass or a holder of a major credit card, you may access the airport lounges in Toronto Pearson as one of your membership benefits. Likewise, Plaza Premium has agreements with airlines in Toronto that may lead to an upgrade or free invitation into its lounges when you fly with KLM or Air France, for instance.

Plaza Premium Lounges in Terminal 1 of Toronto Pearson airport

In order to locate your designated Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1 of YYZ, bear in mind that passengers on domestic flights within Canada are generally admitted into the lounge next to Gate D20, which stays open from 5:00 to 22:30; those boarding international flights out of Canada must go to the airport lounge near gate E77 in T1, open between 5:00 and 1:30 every day and featuring extras such as showers and work stations; and travelers heading to the United States aboard direct or connecting flights departing from Toronto Pearson will head over to the premium lounge located on the passenger-only departures concourse area close to gate F57, which is available from 5:00 to 20:30.

Airport lounges in Toronto Terminal 3

There are two Plaza Premium Lounges in terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson airport that can be used by passengers on both domestic and international flights: they are found next to gates B24 and C32 respectively and stay open between 5:00 and 22:30 every day in the first case, and from 4:30 to 1:00 in the second. While admission fees are the same for these two, the airport lounge near gate C32 offers a wider range of dining options that include a noodle bar, as well as equipped meeting rooms for business travelers. To cater to the needs of the ones that are US-bound, whether they are making a connection in Toronto or flying within North America, their designated Plaza Premium Lounge in this Canadian airport is located next to gate A10 of T1, providing an exclusive custom-breakfast cooking station available from as early as 5 a.m.

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VIP lounges in Madrid International airport, Spain

Wondering how to spend your waiting time before departure at the airport lounges of Madrid airport? Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas airport has four terminals and an additional satellite terminal building, each of which provides passengers with the opportunity to unwind in an exclusive relaxing atmosphere and arrive refreshed at their next destination. Travellers are advised to choose a lounge located in the same terminal they will be departing from to avoid missing their flight or simply because, in most cases, they will only be allowed into the premises when the terminal coincides with the one printed on their boarding pass.

The category of your airplane ticket, being the holder of specific Mastercard or AMEX cards or a certain number of accumulated frequent flyer miles may grant you admission to airport lounges, but even when you do not meet any of the aforementioned requirements, you may purchase a pass entitling you to use the AENA lounges in Madrid Airport for a maximum of four hours before your scheduled boarding time.

Airport passenger lounges in Madrid

As previously stated, each terminal of Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas airport in the capital city of Spain has a dedicated lounge in accordance with the flights operated from them. See which one suits your travel needs best:

Cibeles lounge in Madrid airport T1: located on the second level and open for passengers of non-schengen flights, this space offers comfortable seating, free WiFi internet, catering, papers and magazines and onsite facilities where customers may have a shower. It is a 24-hour service.

Puerta de Alcalá lounge in Barajas airport, Spain: business travellers with a valid boarding pass for a schengen flight may use this accessible lounge on the second floor of T2 and enjoy, apart from the basic services that are common to all Aena lounges, privileges such as fast security lanes, babysitting, meet and assist, beauty care, wellness and the advice from personal shoppers. Its opening hours go from 5:00 to 23:00.

-“Puerta del Sol” and “Plaza Mayor” VIP lounges in Madrid: situated in Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 respectively, these airport lounges in Barajas airport are available from 5:00 until midnight, providing visitors with cold and hot catering, international press, complimentary WiFi and areas specifically designated to relax away from the noise of the crowded terminals. Both are dedicated to passengers travelling within the Schengen area.

Neptuno airport lounge in Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas airport: on the second level of the satellite terminal building, this space is exclusively available to travellers with a boarding pass that have access to the restricted T4S for transcontinental flights. With long-haul routes in mind, it provides extras like showers, a wide array of food and drink choices and cosy sofas.

Iberia lounges in Madrid airport: As the hub of Iberia and Iberia Express in Spain, Madrid International airport accommodates Iberia Business lounges on both Terminal 4 and Terminal 4S, catering to the needs of customers holding business class tickets or having reached the emerald or sapphire status as members of the OneWorld frequent flyer program. Contact the airline to find out more about the Dali and Velázquez Iberia airport lounges in Madrid.

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Travelling between terminals in Madrid Barajas airport of Spain

Have you already check the terminal in which your Madrid airport lounge is located? If you are transferring to a connecting flight or have just found out that you are in the wrong terminal, see how to arrive at the correct building below:

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are connected by a corridor for passengers in transit to walk along. Provided that they already have their luggage checked to the ongoing destination, security must be cleared again. There is also a free shuttle bus covering the journey from the baggage claim area in T1 to T4S (the satellite terminal).

-For visitors in general with or without a boarding pass, complimentary shuttle buses run services between the four main terminals every 5 minutes 24 hours a day.

-Should you need to transfer from T4 to T4S for a transcontinental flight, follow the signage system to take the automated underground train towards the restricted-access satellite building.

Planning for your leisure or business trip to Madrid

You may purchase your airport lounge passes in advance through Aena’s official website; their validity lasts six months after the purchase. If your layover will be longer than a few hours, we recommend you book a hotel room inside Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas and sleep well for your early morning flight.

Finding airport lounges currently open to travellers

Do you typically start planning for your next trip early? Are you a member of a frequent flyer program or do you purchase access passes to airport lounges on the same day of your departure? Whichever the case may be, you are probably struggling to stay up to date with the changing travel restrictions and requirements, as well as with the closure and reopening of borders and airport passenger services.

Airport lounges were among the most affected passenger services during the outbreak of the global pandemic, and this was due precisely to its very nature: they aim to concentrate a number of travellers on an exclusive yet enclosed space where, to make matters worse, food and drinks are served. And all of us would be lying if we claimed that it is not the complimentary snacks and beverages that drawn us to them.

How to know if an airport lounge is open before your trip

In the following video, we share our own internet hack to discover which airport lounges are open and which are closed at the moment, since we consider it to be a quite reliable online resource to plan for your trip, book lounge tickets, check important information such as opening hours and conditions and so on. If you have already confirmed that your next destination is open to visitors, we also recommend that you book your accommodation in advance, and that you do so through a website that allows you to cancel or modify your stay flexibly and without incurring penalty fees.

As explained in the tutorial, we have used LoungeBuddy to browse airport lounges in airports across Europe and discover whether they have reopened or not. We can always -of course- check the website of the airport, or even phone the passenger lounges company, but having such a good directory of airports all in one place seems highly convenient, plus you can book straight away if you are an American Express card holder, and benefit from the option to cancel up to 24 hours before your booked time.

In the video, what we did was search for several European airports on their database and check, first and foremost, which of their lounges were open, and then learn more about their availability, if they accept walk-ins, if covid-19 restrictions are in place, their admission fee, the general conditions of use, their working hours and where exactly they are located within their respective airport terminals. It is essential to note that you should spend your waiting time prior to boarding at a lounge that is in your terminal of departure. While the main reason for this is to avoid missing your flight, for some lounges this is actually a rule, and they will check your flight details before you are admitted.

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VIP lounges of Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy

Although many assure that the downfall of airport lounges has already begun, an increasing number of passengers on international flights are still discovering and starting to appreciate the advantages of using these exclusive spaces, especially when they travel for work. As a holder of certain credit cards or as a member of popular frequent-flyer airline loyalty programs, one can be granted access to a VIP lounge in the boarding area instantly and at no cost, yet there are some other ways to enjoy this privilege and be able to spend the wait before boarding in a relaxed atmosphere, catching up with work, charging the battery of our electronic devices and having a glass of champagne or a delicious meal. In some cases, travellers may even take a nap or shower while in transit or prior to departure while in the lounge.

Will your travels take you to Rome –Italy– in the near future? If so, you are about to learn more about the airport lounges in Fiumicino International along with relevant info such as their opening hours, location inside the terminals and how to access them.

Star Alliance Lounge in Rome airport – Leonardo da Vinci

The recently inaugurated Star Alliance airport lounge in Fiumicino, Rome, enables the airline’s first-class and business-class flyers as well as those who have reached the Star Alliance Gold status to wait for their flight near the D gates in T3, specifically designated to embark towards Schengen destinations. Featuring capacity to accommodate 130 travellers at the same time and open from 5:15 am to 9:15 pm every day of the year, the lounge provides not only state of the art facilities that allows for the perfect ambiance for both rest and work but also a vast array of food choices, not forgetting the opportunity to indulge in a cup of freshly brewed authentic Italian coffee.

UPDATE: Emirates business airport lounge in Fiumicino International

From December 20th 2018 onwards, Emirates first class and business class passengers departing Rome can enjoy access to the Emirates Lounge in Fiumicino airport, located near gates E22-E24 in the boarding area. This service adds up to the private transfers and priority check-in privileges that frequent flyers already benefit from when travelling with the airline.

Nap rooms and showers at Fiumicino International airport in Rome: the Hello Sky lounge

Whether you are departing, arriving or experiencing a delay and regardless of the category of your plane ticket, this airport lounge located in the public zone of terminal 3 in Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino welcomes those with a confirmed reservation or a previously purchased pass so that they can spend a few hours, an entire day or a night inside their premises. Among its amenities we count complimentary WiFi, cosy seating area, meeting spaces, varied catering and more than 25 rooms with showers.

The Plaza Premium Lounge in Rome International airport

Passengers of international flights out of Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome are also invited to enjoy the comfort of the spacious Plaza Premium lounge located in the non-Schengen area of T3 and available around the clock every day of the week. In order to be granted admission, you may either purchase a pass or take advantage of your particular frequent-flyer program benefits. This airport lounge encompasses a bar and a buffet restaurant and seats for 300 travellers, providing them with top-notch hospitality, services and amenities. You will find showers inside this lounge as well.

Avia airport lounge in Leonardo Da Vinci – Rome airport (Fiumicino)

Accessible to passengers of all airlines and every flight category for a fee, the Avia lounge in Rome International airport caters to the needs of business and leisure travellers alike with ample facilities, meals and refreshments, spirits, coffee, magazines and papers, TV screens and innovative 3D virtual glasses. It is situated on the second floor of T3, next to boarding area D, and remains open between 5:30 am and 8:30 pm.

Other lounges in Rome-Fiumicino airport

As main hub for Alitalia, Leonardo da Vinci International airport in Rome hosts several of this carrier’s flagship lounges –referred to as “Casa Alitalia”- which can be found across the terminal buildings. If you are flying with this Italian airline, an agent can inform you of the different ways to benefit from this service.

I Mosaici and Le Anfore Business Class lounge are found in the Schengen zone and the Satellite area of terminal 3 respectively, and welcome passengers who are holders of frequent-flyer cards such as Club Lounge or Priority Pass, among others. While the former is used by Schengen passengers flying out of Rome only, the latter is an option for those heading towards non-Schengen destinations due to its specific location within the airport.

Have you already found accommodation for your trip to Italy? You may take a look at our recommended hotels in Rome for inspiration.