Airport Lounge One-Day Passes

Looking for ways to travel in luxury without paying a small fortune?

While I am all about keeping costs to a minimum when I travel, my fiancee isn't the budget travel warrior I am. The challenge for me is to find inexpensive ways to travel without compounding the stress and frustration my fiancee faces that could ruin any potential trip we take.

I remember reading an interview with Wayne Brady in a in-flight magazine on tips to make travel easier. In the interview Wayne said he always buys one-day passes to the airport lounge to make his travel less stressful. This tip really hit me as a great way to add a little luxury to your air travels without the expense of having to purchase higher class fares.

Heres a list of Airport Lounges found in most major US airports:


Club name


One-day pass*

American Airlines

Admirals Club Lounge

From $400



Presidents Club

From $425



Crown Room

From $450




From $450


United Airlines

Red Carpet Club

From $500


US Airways

US Airways Club

From $375


These airport lounges often offer free alcoholic beverages, several varieties of snacks, local papers and periodicals, internet access, TVs, workstations, etc all in a more relaxing and less crowded atmosphere than the terminals. At times they can be worth every penny to survive a stressful travel experience without breaking the bank.

I find airport lounges essential in long overseas travel.

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Comments (3)

Wow. United and American are ripping you off at $50. I've used to be a member of the Red Carpet club and it's in no way shape or form worth $50 for a one-time visit. I agree that lounges are key for long, overseas travel, but for the not-so-great snacks, house wine and cramped lounges, it's just not worth it. The membership prices seem to have gone up nearly 100% too. In 2000, the annual membership was around $250 for frequent flyers.

I've been a Red Carpet Club member for some time, no way is it worth $50 for a visit. Alcohol and internet access are not included - they cost extra. You get coffee, water, and some light snacks. Nice, but not worth the money unless you have an insanely long layover.

im a fan of delta one day passes. i purchase them on all the time.

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