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Executive Clubs: Which Admirals Clubs Have the Best Perks

If you travel frequently, whether for business or pleasure, then you should be well aware of the lounges, and perks, that are available in airports.

Typically, there are two types of airport lounges: First and Business Class. There are different organizations which run these lounges. It can be offered from the airline, a credit card company, and even local airport authorities.

Requirements

To become a member of an executive club, you must pay for an annual membership, which is determined by your flying status. Since membership fees and requirements can differ from airline to airline, it’s best to check out the requirement information from your preferred airline. However, once you become a member, you’re entitled to numerous perks which other passengers can only dream of.

Perks and Amenities

With that in mind, here’s what you can expect from these executive clubs, which can vary from airport to airport.

  • Computers with complimentary high-speed Internet access.
  • Work areas and access to copiers and fax services.
  • Exclusive Special Offers from fine companies.
  • Showers and children’s rooms in select locations.
  • Complimentary snacks and drinks.
  • Conference rooms.
  • Satellite television rooms.
  • Spas.
  • Newspapers and Magazines.
  • Restaurants.

While every airline offers exclusive perks and amenities for club members, such as those from American Airlines Admirals Clubs, British Airways Club Lounges, the United Club, Delta Air Lines Sky Club, US Airways Club and Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse, not all are equal.

Here are the world’s best airport lounges for executive club members, which are not only luxurious and breathtaking, but also offer the best perks.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London

This state-of-the-art clubhouse is for Virgin’s upper-class passengers. Amenities include gourmet food and a 40-foot bar. You can play pool in the billiards room, watch a movie on a big screen or indulge in a spa treatment in the salon while waiting for your flight. In the fall of 2011, they opened the Grey Goose Loft on the upper deck of the clubhouse.

Cathay Pacific The Pier, Hong Kong

This first-class lounge gives Cathay Pacific passengers access to “day-break rooms,” comfortable leather armchairs, 20-inch LCD TVs, and audio on-demand sound systems. There are also waiter services and wake-up calls, as well as, work stations with Internet access, marble shower suites, and five dining and drinking venues.

Emirates Airlines Lounge, New York

This lounge located at JFK Airport is for business and first-class passengers. It has cream leather, burled wood, and Italian marble counter-tops and floors, as well as, showers, a business center with 18 Internet stations (and complimentary Wi-Fi), and TV-viewing areas with 42-inch plasma TVs.

British Airways Terminal 5 Lounges, London

British Airways features six lounges at Terminal 5 in London’s Heathrow Airport. There are shower rooms and two large Elemis Travel Spas. Perks also include a staff who will press your suits and bars devoted solely to champagne and wine.

Air France l’Espace Premiere lounge, Paris

First-class Air France passengers are escorted into this private lounge where they are treated to a work area with free Internet access; a relaxation area with reclining chaise lounges, showers, and Clarins massages; and meals, wines, and champagne. At departure, an agent accompanies travelers to a dedicated boarding gate, and a private Mercedes sedan then takes them to their plane.

Lufthansa First-Class Lounge, Frankfurt

This 12,000-square-foot haven features a cigar lounge, a bar serving 80 different whiskey labels, private glass-doored office units, a rest area containing leather daybeds, alarm clocks, wardrobes, and mirrors. The bathrooms have monsoon showers and there are also “wining and dining” areas.

Finally, departing passengers are driven by chauffeured Mercedes or Porsche limousine to their aircraft.

Qantas First-Class Lounge, Sydney

First-class Qantas travelers arriving at this lounge are treated to 180-degree views of Sydney and Botany Bay. The lounge itself features everything from a day spa, 11 PC desks with Internet access, two private work suites, plasma TVs and Sony PlayStation Portables.

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal, Doha

This private terminal serves Qatar’s first and business-class passengers. Passengers are treated to an expansive duty-free-shopping area. You can also get manicures or facials, play Sony PlayStation games or indulge in a buffet stocked with Arabic and international cuisines. If you must work, there is the business center, which offers secretarial services.

South African Airways Cycad First Class Lounge, Johannesburg

First-class passengers can choose from an eclectic menu of dishes that changes throughout the day, plus full bar service. Facilities include shower rooms; a soundproof reading room; smoking room; five soundproof snooze rooms; and a state-of-the-art business center with international telephone, computer, and Internet services.

Singapore Airlines Lounges, Changi, Singapore

Singapore’s Changi International Airport is one of the best if you have a long layover, especially with their rooftop hot tub. Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges, which opened in January of 2008, include high ceilings and walls adorned with marble and timber. Amenities include buffet food stations, TV areas and work stations.

However, that’s not all. First-class passengers also have access to a private driveway when they arrive at the terminal gate. The driveway leads to an exclusive check-in area where porters assist passengers.

Incheon International Airport, Seoul South Korea

There’s a reason why this airport is constantly ranked as one of the world’s best. You can expect 5-star facilities, an 18-hole golf course, and a duty-free Louis Vuitton store, which is the only LV store in an airport in the world.

SkyCity, Hong Kong

SkyCity is adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport. Here you have access to a 4-D screen theater, Asia Hollywood and a Aviation discovery center.

Thai Airways First-Class Lounge, Bangkok

 

Thai Airways’ lounge in Bangkok features private living rooms and sleeping areas. You can also enjoy a full body massage before embarking on your journey.

American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New York

This lounge contains a business center and cyber-café, which is a special service that lets travelers submit and print jobs via e-mail or Web-page upload from any location and retrieve them in the lounge. There are shower facilities, meal selections, a wide choice of wines and liquors, and flat-panel TVs with DirecTV programming. Access to the lounge is only available to first-class passengers on international or transcontinental flights.

American Airlines Admirals Club, San Francisco

Located in San Francisco International’s Terminal 2, and opened in April of 2011, this club lounge stands out for its amenities and commitment to green energy. As for decor, bamboo wood accents the walls and Golden Gate Park has been recreated inside the lounge. Besides the decor, the club lounge features spa-like showers, a cyber café, flat-panel TVs, premium liquors and wine, and plenty of ports and outlets for all your gadgets.

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