Emirates now allows paid guest entry at worldwide airport lounges

Emirates now allows paid guest entry at worldwide airport lounges

Emirates already lets economy class passengers pay their way into the airline's flagship business class and first class lounges at Dubai.

Now the Gulf powerhouse and Qantas partner is extending the scheme across its global lounge network, although at this stage not everybody can walk up and wave their credit card to enter the lounge.

But if you're accompanying a Gold or Platinum member of Emirates' Skywards frequent flyer program, you're in with a chance.

Those top-tier travellers are now allowed to pay to bring in bring additional guests "over and above their complimentary guest entitlements" at US$100 each.

Children aged below 12 years will be charged US$50, while infants below two years get in free.

The new scheme applies to Emirates lounges at Auckland, Birmingham, Brisbane, Cape Town, Delhi, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, Munich, New York/JFK, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Perth, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo Narita and Zürich.

Rome and Singapore are missing from that list, presumably because both are temporarily closed; other exceptions to the pay-your-way-in rule are Emirates' lounges at Bangkok, Beijing, Colombo, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Shanghai.

Emirates hasn't specified any limit to the number of guests you can pay into the lounge, but says that each paid stay is limited to four hours; all guests will also need to be travelling on a Emirates flight, which includes Emirates codeshare flights operated by Qantas.

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • Richard Robertson


    20 Mar, 2017 03:12 pm

    So, economics triumph over looking after the people who spend the big dollars with the company?
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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    20 Mar, 2017 05:10 pm

    No, because the extra pax need to be travelling with one of those who spend big dollars. In other words - you can buy EXTRA guest places. This overcomes the problem that some people face when they can, for example, only guest 1 person in, but they are travelling with 2 others.
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  • Richard Robertson


    20 Mar, 2017 05:16 pm

    Good point!

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  • russell


    20 Mar, 2017 03:37 pm

    Cant imagine why anyone would spend $100US thought to use the lounge though. Also as its only "extra guests" cant see it having a big impact on numbers. Mind you, I am all for excluding paying guests from lounges. Its about rewarding loyalty to the airline, not about how much $$ you have.
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  • Serg


    20 Mar, 2017 07:57 pm

    Agree - I may justify $100 for say 8hr+ layover. For average 2hr no freaking way!
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  • mcglynp


    20 Mar, 2017 03:44 pm

    I do not actually think this is a terrible idea.  I have more than once found myself stuck travelling with two or three others and having only one guest allowance.   If its quiet the lounge staff may look the other way,  but its nice to have the option of paying to get them in.   That said,  $100 is fairly steep,  and you would likely only entertain the idea if you had a decent stopover to see out. 
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  • S


    20 Mar, 2017 04:12 pm

    Apparently Etihad are about to announce paid access to their lounges too
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  • Michael Gibbons


    20 Mar, 2017 04:40 pm

    If you can save a few hundred off the QF fare by booking EK, this may make sense as a Qantas Club member, especially if flying into continental Europe. 
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  • Adam T


    20 Mar, 2017 06:18 pm

    I struggle to see how someone who doesn't qualify for the lounge is going to down $100 on their credit card to get in with someone with status, unless that status member is footing the bill of course. 
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  • eminere


    20 Mar, 2017 07:57 pm

    Status envy? FOMO? You never know...
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  • Packetman21


    20 Mar, 2017 07:40 pm

    I guess the pricing has to be steep or the lounges will simply be overcrowded.
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  • Flying Fish


    21 Mar, 2017 12:39 am

    This will be very handy when I'm travelling with both my parents and/or parents-in-law but without my husband and his handy IO card
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