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You don’t have to be a premium traveler to enjoy airport lounges

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Most people, whether they realize it or not, have an airport routine. Perhaps they nervously arrive way too early and only relax once they get to their gate—a full 90 minutes before boarding starts. Or maybe they treat the I’m-running-late airport Uber ride as an adrenaline-filled prelude to a relaxing flight. I myself am somewhereRead full story

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  • Lounges are also a great option if you have kids- they almost always have food options that are going to be healthier than in the main terminal, the kids often play in a separate kids room and tv’s, wifi and comfy seating are everywhere. And you will keep your sanity!

  • A few years back, I flew back and forth from the US and West Africa at least half a dozen times, earning platinum status on Delta/Air France/KLM. Not only did I gain access to all the premium airport lounges, but all of my coach/economy plane tickets were upgraed to business class. So, everyone - pay attention to this article and never suffer through a miserable layover again!

  • My lounge advice: an Amex platinum card gives you access to a wide network of lounges including Delta lounges, in addition to the Amex Centurion lounges. I’ve found the Priority Pass lounge program Amex will enroll you in not that useful. But the lounges where you can get access by walking up and showing your platinum card are extensive.

  • Some connections take a lot of time. The option "buy access on the day" seems the most convenient for travelers who do not have access to lounges via cards and membership programs

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