Which airport has the best business class lounge?

Which airport has the best business class lounge?

I didn't like the airports in Japan but they had pretty good lounges, so I enjoyed spending time there before the long flights.
Europe tends to have boring lounges in my experience, but the food is okay.
I don't travel much to the US, it seems to me like they may have some good lounges there?

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Which airport has the best business class lounge?
    individual lounges vary widely within a single airport
    but generally asian airlines have the best lounges. i recall cathay pacific had a good one.
    >I don't travel much to the US, it seems to me like they may have some good lounges there?
    no. the lounges tend to be pretty bad. in many there is no food beyond little bags of pretzels or similar, awful drinks selection etc. the only advantage of using them is that there tend to be fewer uppity Black folk around

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Black person-free zone
      aren't credit companies and banks providing anyone with a heartbeat access to these now?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        They do. Lounges in the main airports are unusable in the US for this reason, because they are so crowded. You're lucky if you find a seat, the line on the bar is crowded, etc. But still less blacks than on the outside.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        5 years ago the lounges were all whites. After covid they allow anyone in. Hopefully Amex builds more private lounges

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        I have a generic credit card lounge pass and the lounges are 90% white/Asian whenever I go

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    The best lounge is the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. Its own separate building, you don't even go to the airport main building at all. Enjoy the food and drinks and get a rubber duck as souvenir. When it's time to board they will come to you and drive you directly to the gate with a limo.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I really liked the Turkish Airlines lounge at the old Atatürk Intl. There were a bunch of dark cubicles with very comfortable lounge chairs that made for a pleasant place to nap, and the food and drink offerings were good. Gone forever at this point, of course, but I’m sure the new airport has something nice, as well.

    I’ve found Asian lounges a very mixed bag. I was unimpressed with the lounges I used in Incheon (OK room, startlingly lackluster food) and Taipei (very good food and drink on offer but neither attractively nor comfortably furnished), but very pleasantly surprised by the one I used in New Delhi. I like at least one of the lounges at Suvarnabhumi, but it was quite small as I recall.

    I haven’t used many European lounges, but I liked the Swiss lounge in Zürich when I last used it. I think it was before Swiss got bought out by Lufthansa, though, so not sure if it’s changed.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      The lounge in the new Istanbul airport is great.

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Most likely the Qatar lounge in Doha or the Etihad lounge in Dubai.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Dubai business lounge was very pleasant but nothing exceptional. think the first class lounge is where you get invited to see the private lounges

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think Qatar Executive (the private flight arm of Qatar Airways) has the best "first" class lounge (technically beyond first class as it's private).

      They don't use the (very nice) Doha first-class lounge, they have an entirely separate private airport (the old international airport) you fly out of with its own private lounge facilities that are 100% private for executive (private) flyers only.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    There are good *international* biz/first lounges in American airports, particularly SFO/LAX

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Dublin has an ok lounge considering I could get cappuccino with as much Irish cream as I wanted and drought Guinness or lager at 830 in the morning.
    Don't bother with Toronto, Calgary or LA lounges. Utter fricking ripoff.

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not sure about business class, but the JAL first class lounge in Tokyo's Haneda airport is fricking awesome. I experienced it earlier this year in May. Great food you just order from your phone and they bring it straight to you, very comfortable seating areas, full bar, and an area to shower.

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I didn't like the airports in Japan
    What the frick? Nicest ports in the entire world, second to UAE. It was like sleeping in the Mariott!

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      slow, shitty old facilities, small for the amount of people that goes through there, limited shopping and food options, etc.
      even in Asia you have several places with significantly better airports (Singapore, Incheon)
      if your comparison is to US airports then sure, Japan seems like paradise

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      this was written by someone who clearly has not traveled through many other asian or middle eastern airports

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    moscow airport

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Domodedevo or Sheremetyevo?

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw will never be able to afford business class because I am neither rich nor an American with a israeli card that gives you billions of miles for everything

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      75% of people flying biz aren’t paying for it out of pocket (although it’s true that one can find relatively cheap deals for some routes). People get flown for work on long-hauls a few times, and get status and miles they can use for upgrades. I certainly prefer it, but wouldn’t bother buying the tickets myself. I can endure 24 mildly uncomfortable hours far more easily than I can feel good about blowing superfluous thousands for a comfortable seat and unnecessary buffet in the departure lounge.

      And while 99 out of 100 lounges are nothing special, there are plenty of them that can be bought into for not much money, if you just want to see what they’re like.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Can't even get points
      Talk about a yikes. Poor lad.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    What's the point of these? I was in Madrid Airport and sneaked into one of these, It looked like a fricking office and the karens behind the desk immediately jumped like a startled deer. Like every other butthole spaniard they tried to make passive aggressive insinuations that I should leave. Asked her what I needed to do to stay there and as any other spaniard told me useless babble.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, if I travel for business I do use the lounge as an office, so then I appreciate if it looks like an office.
      It's just a nicer waiting area. The ones I like are incomparably more quiet compared to the rest of the airport, better wifi, unlimited drinks, buffet with a few relatively fresh foods or even some actual fresh food, shower, comfy couches.
      Honestly even if it's just quiet without the masses, it's already a win for me.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        And the biggest difference for first-class lounges is generally less office vibe and a bit more luxury vibe and then just better food with likely a dining menu to order from and complimentary alcohol that while not SUPER premium, is still gonna run $100-200+/bottle.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Exactly it gets more fancy. The class of drink escalate from Jack Daniels and Ballantines for whisky to Glenmorangie and Laphroaig, for Champagne from the Moet or Veuve tier to the Krug, Dom, Grande Dame, food goes from a mediocre all you can eat buffet to a 14 point GaultMillau Restaurant and they will likely add a Cigar lounge stacked with mediocre-good cigars.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yup, though obviously this only applies to the better first-class lounges at the better international airports in the world.

            There are some rather underwhelming first-class lounges out there as well.

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    The SFO Polaris lounge is world class and it's huge. Only problem is that these days it gets crazy crowded, 4-5 years ago that wasn't an issue but more people traveling these days

  13. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    My best friend is a Pilot with a National Airline
    I fly Business about 4 times a year on a staff ticket when I go away with him for a €150 ticket

    Id say 90% of the interactions ive had with people in the business class lounge, and on the plane are all travelling business. They often arent people with a huge disposable income and are there because the flight time is over 6.5hrs, meaning business travel is required for majority of employers in Europe

    Everyone says the same thing.
    Is Business Class nice. Yes.
    Is it worth the often massive price tag if you had to use your own money. No

    The only time I meet people paying out of their own pocket are obscenely rich families who all treat the staff and other passengers like dirt.

    My last flight home from Florida a family genuinely walked up and purchased a ticket 90mins before departure at a cost of $2,200 per ticket for a family of 8 people. Theres not many people dropping $16,000 at a moments notice. Especially as they hadnt even decided when they where coming home, so no return flights booked

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >flight time is over 6.5hrs, meaning business travel is required for majority of employers in Europe
      source on this law?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        time is over 6.5hrs, meaning business travel is required for majority of employers in Europe
        >source on this law?
        It’s nothing to do with the law, it’s just a broadly popular trend in corporate policy. It applies to my wife’s biz flights, although I am not certain if there’s a specific travel-time boundary. They even try to get her to book first-class trains.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          [...]
          It’s also very common for international businesses based in the US—business class is the norm over a certain flight time.

          But it’s not at all regulated, and it’s not related to law.

          ok I was just curious because I'm friends with many academics and they always complain that they're never allowed to fly business even on ridiculously long flights.
          I guess they're just being fricked by the employers because academics often tend to be

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        time is over 6.5hrs, meaning business travel is required for majority of employers in Europe
        >source on this law?
        It’s nothing to do with the law, it’s just a broadly popular trend in corporate policy. It applies to my wife’s biz flights, although I am not certain if there’s a specific travel-time boundary. They even try to get her to book first-class trains.

        It’s also very common for international businesses based in the US—business class is the norm over a certain flight time.

        But it’s not at all regulated, and it’s not related to law.

  14. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Best
    >Doha
    Qatar lounge has excellent private showers with high quality linens
    >Dubai
    Best food I've had in a lounge

    Worst
    >Almaty
    As nice as most non-lounge pre-departure seating in non-shithole airports. Literally everything in the lounge was not free, including potable water. Shithole.
    >Nukus, Uzbekistan
    Throwing this one in here even though I came in with negative expectations. Its a roped off section of the regular general admission seating with free tea. Hilarious

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