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Etihad Airways to make lounge access payable

Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:48 pm ... rt-lounges

Following a similiar trend among a range of other Gulf carriers, Etihad Airways has chosen to introduce the option of paying for lounge access, for passengers flying coach.

Well, I'm no Rockefeller and I rarely fly business. Long layovers can be a pain at times, and being granted the opportunity of exchanging currency for access to a neat lounge, stocked with food, beverages and comfortable seating - is certainly tempting. Then again, I could imagine passengers on business class would feel a devaluation of the lounge's value. Worst scenario: being turned away with a valid business class ticket, due to overcrowding!

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Re: Etihad Airways to make lounge access payable

Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:55 pm

They've always had pay-for lounges. That's what Plaza Premium is for. But it's gone a bit further and now both Emirates and Etihad are proactively selling lounge access. Overall, it's a devaluation of airline loyalty as the lounges will be further crowded and lounge access is no longer an exclusive benefit for frequent fliers.
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Re: Etihad Airways to make lounge access payable

Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:23 am

The other two always end up doing what EK does so this is not a surprise.
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Re: Etihad Airways to make lounge access payable

Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:51 am

The thing is, with everyman and his dog entering the lounge with a paid pass, it might actually be better to be outside of it. Isn't the whole point of a lounge to get away from the crowds?

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