Flying can be either a hassle or a luxury — depending on how much money you have to blow. While most of us are struggling to find a seat at our gate with a working USB charger, first-class flyers are enjoying spa treatments, personal assistants, and fine dining while they wait to board. Below are the 19 most expensive airport lounges in the world, as determined by Fodors.
EVA Air Infinity Lounge, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Not only is The Infinity premium lounge beautifully designed, it includes high-class amenities not found in a typical lounge. In addition to its business center and nursery, guests can also enjoy one of the themed shower rooms or grab a bite at the Chinese or Western food buffets.
American Express Centurion Lounge, Dallas/Fort Worth International
You don’t have to travel the world to find a little luxury. Texas’ American Express Centurion Lounge has spa treatments, shower suites, and locally inspired designed by an award-winning chef. There’s also a cocktail program, created by a master mixologist, and tons of space to relax before your flight.
AirportTurkish Airlines CIP Lounge, Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Even business-class passengers can enjoy the CIP Lounge and all its amenities. There’s a kids’ playroom, a more private room for infants, and two entertainment levels in the form of TVs, movies, video games, a music room, billiards, a golf simulator, slot-car racing, and a library as well as a relaxation room. And don’t miss the real olive trees that are found growing in the garden.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, John F. Kennedy International Airport
In line with the airline’s branding, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is decorated in a funky and colorful way. Guests receive a complimentary cocktail before evening flights as well as access to games in the entertainment zone and semi-formal dining. You can also enjoy the Clubhouse Spa, where you can get anything from a haircut to a massage.
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport
Cathay Pacific has not one but five separate lounges for its first-class passengers. The Wing features a popular Noodle Bar, but The Pier takes the cake with shower suites, private workrooms, and other suites that guests can book to relax or even receive a massage.
JAL First Class Lounge, Haneda International Airport
Designed with a contemporary Japanese aesthetic, there is no shortage of seats in the JAL First Class Lounge. It also has a buffet stocked with delicious hot dishes and a designated area where guests can get their shoes shined, pour themselves a glass of champagne, and enjoy a complimentary 15-minute neck and back massage.
Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai International Airport
While it’s known for being the largest first-class lounge in the world, the Emirates’ First Class Lounge is also popular for its many amenities. It includes duty-free shops, some restaurants, a cigar bar, a wine cellar, and dedicated quiet rooms to get away from the large crowds.
Qantas First Lounge, Sydney Airport
With a chic interior design and an open feel, the Qantas International First Lounge offers plenty of space for guests to stretch out and relax. There are work areas, lounge dining, restaurants, a full-time barista, showers, a library, and a spa.
Star Alliance International Lounge, Los Angeles International Airport
The Star Alliance International Lounge is the only one that offers a rooftop view of Hollywood Hills. This gem also includes an indoor bar with an in-airport balcony, complimentary cocktails, shower suites, and a la carte dining options.
Oman Air First Class Lounge, Muscat International Airport
Any culinary wish is your demand, thanks to the private chefs at the Omar Air First Class Lounge. In addition to enjoying everything from a simple snack to a full-on three-course meal, there’s also a business center, relaxation room, fully stocked bar, shower rooms with bathrobes, complimentary 15-minute massages, and a personal chauffeur who will drive you to your airplane in a limo.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt Airport
Not only does the Lufthansa First Class Terminal have its own building, but it has its own personal staff as well to help make your experience as effortless as possible. There are personal assistants that guide you through security and a valet to park your car or return your rental. Once inside the terminal, you can check out the private room with daybeds, a shower room, a cigar lounge, or simply relax in the dedicated relaxation chairs while enjoying a drink from the bar stocked with 150 whiskies.
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport
Of the three SilverKris Lounges that Singapore Airlines operates, The Private Room offers the most exclusivity in the form of luxe armchairs, private napping rooms, personal attendants, and high-end dining.
Finnair Premium Lounge, Helsinki Airport
The Finnair Premium Lounge offers two floors with a range of seating options and unique, Scandinavian-designed furniture. There are curtain dividers to encourage privacy as well as gourmet dining and drinks. One of the most popular features, however, is the Finnish sauna.
SWISS First Lounge, Zurich Airport
Of the nine SWISS lounges operating at the Zurich Airport, the First Lounge in Terminal E is the most luxurious. With fine-dining, private workrooms, two hotel rooms available for booking, a wine humidor with over 1,000 bottles, a whiskey lounge with over 120 options, and panoramic views of the beautiful Alps that can be seen from a covered terrace, there’s a good chance you’ll want to miss your flight.
Etihad Airways Premium Lounge, Abu Dhabi International Airport
You’re getting the real first-class experience at the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge. Kids can play in the family room while adults relax in one of the private TV “pods.” There’s also the Six Senses Spa, which offers a wide variety of treatments and an international buffet.
British Airways Concord Room, Heathrow Airport
Of the seven Galleries First Lounges, The Concorde Room is the most special. Operating as a lounge-within-a-lounge, this room is where you’ll walk through what guests call the “millionaire’s door” and find a wide array of pre-flight dining options to enjoy surrounded by the room’s plush and posh decor.
Air France La Première Lounge, Charles de Gaulle Airport
No more TSA lines for you. When you visit the La Premiere Lounge, you’ll hang in a pre-security waiting area that features complimentary spa treatments, a bar, and a restaurant overseen by a master chef. And when it’s time to board, you’ll be taken directly to your plane via personal car.
Al Mourjan Business Lounge, Hamad International Airport
With two floors and over 100,000 square feet, the Al Mourjan Business Lounge is as massive as it is exquisite. This lounge features quiet napping rooms, family rooms, a game room, a well-stocked bar, and Krug Champagne (normally around $150-$200 per bottle) for free.
Royal First Lounge, Suvarnabhumi Airport
There are eight Thai Airway lounges in the Suvarnabhumi Airport, but the Royal First Lounge is easily the best. Not only do guests receive a personal escort and buggy rides to their gate, but also complimentary 60-minute full-body massages.