Peter Vlitas, Travel Leaders Group

For business travelers who are frequent fliers, airport lounges provide a haven away from crowded boarding areas. If your flight is delayed by a couple of hours, you’ll often find that it’s too loud and crowded in the terminal to get any work done. Time spent waiting for a flight means lost productivity. Most airport lounges have free Wi-Fi, making it easy to check email, work on a presentation and stay in touch with colleagues. In some flagship locations, lounges are equipped with big-screen TVs, comfortable chairs and even fireplaces and outdoor terraces. Many airlines serve premium menus with fresh and healthy options, which is a welcome perk before boarding a long-haul flight that may not offer a meal service.

Here’s a rundown of what our airline partners are offering in their airport lounges:

Delta has over 50 Sky Club locations and hundreds of third-party partner lounges around the world. The staff is ready to help you get to the gate when your flight is ready to board. The lounges offer everything a business traveler needs to get work done, including Wi-Fi, easily-accessible power outlets and printers. Sky Clubs in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas and Detroit offer conference rooms with audio/visual equipment that can be reserved for an hourly fee. While most locations do not offer premium food options, the Sky Club’s premium regionally-inspired menus in Seattle, Atlanta and San Francisco airports includes salads, soups and other artisanal options. Complimentary bubbly and rosé wine is now available at THE BAR in the Delta Sky Club. And now, SkyMiles members can use miles to pay for premium drinks. Scan your boarding pass or membership card and enjoy! New clubs are opening in Phoenix and Austin airports that will showcase local art and fare.

United Airlines offers access to more than 45 United Club locations as well as participating clubs worldwide affiliated with the Star Alliance. Amenities at the clubs include complimentary beverages and light snacks along with bar service and showers at select locations. United’s lounges help business travelers make the best use of their time at the airport with additional perks such as WiFi, printers and private phone booths with speakerphones. For customers booked in Polaris Business class, the lounge experience is unparalleled. Customers enjoy with high-end pre-flight dining, spa-like shower suites and Quiet suites with daybeds. United Polaris lounges are located at Chicago, Houston, Newark, San Francisco, and a new location at LAX coming up next.

American Airlines’ Flagship Experience includes Flagship Check In and The Flagship Lounge and is available for International First and Business Class passengers in New York – JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago and London. Flagship Dining offers International First Class passengers a sit down a-la-carte dining experience featuring locally sourced ingredients and regionally inspired dishes. Meals can be paired with their exclusive hand-crafted cocktails, signature award winning wines or craft beers.

American Airlines has over 50 Admirals Clubs, and over 60 partner lounges around the world. The clubs are equipped with business centers and shower suites at select locations. They all offer complimentary beverages and snacks, from breakfast selections to hearty soups and fresh salads. Barista-style espresso and lattes are a new addition to the menu. Some clubs have bigger meals for sale, but all the clubs offer premium cocktails.

Lufthansa offers business-class passengers access to a dozen airport lounges in Germany as well as other places the airline flies in the United States and Europe – that’s in addition to Dubai and New Delhi. If you’re traveling with a co-worker, they can also purchase admission to selected Lufthansa lounges. Passengers may visit the buffet stocked with hearty snacks and Lavazza coffee around the clock, freshen up in a private restroom, or simply relax in an armchair with a view of arriving and departing jets.

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