Peaceful, Relaxing, Free Food & Drinks, Somewhere to sit – Welcome to the Lounge

Youparkandfly is now offering airport lounges and I have to say we are hooked, you cant beat a bit of peace and quiet before the flight begins. Go right ahead and check our selection or have a read through first of what you can expect.

First up Airport Lounges, that is lounges provided by the Airport rather than the Airline (more on those below). If you take all the good bits from the main airport departures area, that is somewhere to sit, something to eat maybe a drink, something to read. And then you replace the hub bub, noise and mass of people with some peace and quiet and less noise and hay presto you have the Airport Lounge. Often with good views over the airfield the lounge will give your somewhere to get away from the rest and to relax before your journey begins. There will be drinks and food where that will change during the day to suit the current meal time. Often there will be a range of newspapers and magazines to look through and charging points for your mobile devices. Most lounges will have a departure board so you can keep an eye on your flight.

Look through our selection covering most of the UK airports and remember that although you have to pay upfront once inside the food and drink are free.

Then we have the Airline lounge, generally these are accessible if you are flying in business class or have earned some status with an airline. British Airways for example has its Executive Club where travellers flying with them can earn air miles or points, the more flights the more points where enough will get you access to their Airline lounges. Check this out, anyone can apply for Blue Executive Club membership and start collecting points, it’s free to join. If you are doing a couple of long haul flights in a twelve month period you may well get enough points to move up to Bronze or even Silver membership, and with that free access to the Airline lounge regardless of what class you are flying that day. You still get in to the lounge if flying economy and a have silver membership.

British Airways Lounge Gatwick
The British Airways Lounge at London Gatwick

Most of the scheduled airlines have similar schemes, with those split into two main alliances Oneworld (BA, American Airlines, Quantas and more) and then The Star Alliance (United Airlines, Air Canada, Swiss Air and more). Typically a British Airways Airline Lounge will let in anyone with the right status from any other airline in its alliance, the same with the Star Alliance members.

Once inside an Airline Lounge it is much the same as an Airport lounge. If you are in a main hub for that airline, say Heathrow Terminal 5 for British Airways or Los Angeles for American Airlines then they may be some what larger and have longer opening hours to cope with demand and flight slots. At times and again in the larger hub lounges there will be entertainment, piano players, music or even live cooking demonstrations. if you have the time its not a bad way to spend it.