The Best Airport Business Lounges in the U.S.
The Three Airlines With the Best Lounges in the U.S.
Business travelers need the perks of high quality airport lounges where they can unwind and rest between flights. Space for meeting with colleagues provides an additional advantage. Competition between different airlines for business and first-class passengers means that their lounges provide the best possible amenities including massages, limos to passenger’s next flight, and five-star dining. The question then becomes which airlines actually have the best lounges? These three top the list for those in America.
The Virgin Atlantic lounges rate number one with most passengers. “Air America” Business Class Lounge at Miami International Airport offers all the expected amenities desired to soothe the spirit and relax the body of passengers after their flight. The latest movies are available for viewing on wide-screen while the traveller relaxes in elegant comfort. A sauna and massage will get any passenger ready for the next leg of the journey.
The Virgin Atlantic Lounge includes a small business center with computer terminals and free Wi-Fi is provided. Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits along with coffee and tea comprise the drinks list. Hot soup and sandwiches are provided in a self-serve setting and dishes of cookies are set throughout the lounge.
The First lounge—Concorde Room—at New York’s JFK Airport provides passengers with a sanctuary. Luxuriously upholstered furniture provides an elegant, welcoming environment for relaxation. Work zones supply internet access, printers, copiers and fax machines permitting final work completion before a flight. Waiter served dining is available in the First lounge on selected overnight flights from 6 p.m. local time.
Virgin Atlantic’s Concorde Room’s ambiance is inspired by boutique 5-star hotels. The bar serves complimentary champagne, fine wines and freshly ground coffee or afternoon tea. The business suite has a constant news screen and a 40-inch LCD display screen is suitable for business presentations. It can be converted to a fully-equipped boardroom bookable for meetings of up to 8 people.
The Elemis Travel Spa treatment pampers First and Club World Customers as well as Gold Executive Club Members access to refreshing showers before their flights. Spa and massage treatments are available subject to openings and operational hours. Those requesting use of Spa facilities must be over 18 years of age.
The second most popular lounges belong to British Airways. Their Business Class Lounges in Philadelphia, Miami, and New York score high with travelers. The restaurant offers delicious meals and privacy rooms provide quiet resting places. Their concierge desk assists with any additional travel plans or booking theatre tickets, managing transportation or changing flight reservations.
The Miami British Airways Business Class Lounge is comprised of several small rooms with varied seating options. They provide a good selection of drinks and the lounge is rarely overcrowded. Soup and croissant sandwiches are available for hungry visitors and computers with Wi-Fi are provided.
Quantas’ One World Lounge at the Los Angeles Airport comes in at number three. Quantas has won design awards for some of its Club Lounges. Meeting rooms allow travellers to meet clients or co-workers while in transit. These rooms are fully equipped with technology systems needed for such meetings. Discount rates are given to Quantas Club Members and frequent flyers. Complimentary hot coffee, tea and juices are readily available as well as bar services. Daily newspapers and the latest magazines are ready to keep passenger up-to-date on area events and entertainment. Several large screen TVs are placed in dedicated viewing areas offering the latest movie choices available. Bath facilities provide the opportunity to freshen up before the next leg of travel or offer time to relax before ocean crossing flights.
The One World Lounge at LAX offers a supply of soups, salads and other snacks for flyers between planes. Their champagne service is an elegant addition to help the time pass. The excellent service staff is willing to do whatever is required to improve ground time.
Quantas Business Class Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport also receives high reviews. Their lounge is clean and very comfortable with a variety of seating styles available. Entertainment areas for children take the stress off their parents during the wait for the flight. Games, toys and movies especially geared to the youngsters are all provided. Snack foods and soft drinks also cater to the travelling family.