Airports are not always the most relaxing places, with long security lines, loud noise and crowded gate areas. That's why so many opt to enter an airport lounge. As a general rule, lounges cost money to enter, but when you consider the peace, the comfort and the lack of temptation to spend up big in the duty-free shop, the benefits outweigh the costs.
The facilities in an airport lounge vary from airport to airport, but most likely you will find comfortable seating, food and alcoholic beverages, free newspapers and magazines, Wi-Fi, access to power outlets and of course, peace and quiet.
On top of all of this, being in an airport lounge during the event of delays can mean you are better cared for, according to Life Hacker. Lounge staff can help with flight changes, seat assignments and pushing for an upgrade.
To get into an airport lounge, you will need to do one of the following:
1. Buy a business-class ticket
Those with premium seats usually get an invite into the lounge.
2. Become a frequent traveller
Flying regularly enough to reach gold status should see you score free lounge access.
3. Pay for a membership
Lounge costs vary for annual memberships, but as a guide, Qantas Club asks $485 per year, Virgin Velocity is $420 and Rex is $299.