Traveling can be stressful -- but less so if you can unwind
between flights with a massage, cocktail, a movie and maybe even a
nap in a private room.
Around the globe, there are hundreds of private airport lounges.
Most of them are open only to first- or business-class fliers,
elite members of frequent-flier programs or to those willing to pay
up to $70 for a day pass.
But there's another way in: having the right credit card in your
wallet. Rewards cards with lounge privileges typically don't come
cheap -- annual fees are more than $300 a year in most cases. Some
come with automatic access to an airline's airport lounge program,
while others give you a way in through other international lounge
To find the top airline hideaways available through credit
cards, we consulted with the airlines. We scoured online reviews on
sites such as Yelp and FlyerTalk. We examined online photos on
blogs. We talked with makers of an app called
, which breaks through complicated lounge-access rules to guide
travelers to their "airport oasis."
Most ordinary clubrooms offer drinks, snacks, comfortable seats
and workstations. But in building this list of the top 13 airport
lounges accessible with credit cards, we looked for features that
made a lounge stand out. Think distinctive architecture, stylish
furnishings, innovative food and uncommon services.
Our picks are highlighted in the map below. Click on a city to
get a taste of what each one has to offer.
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