Are airport lounges worth the cost?

What a $24 access pass gets you

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From the November 2014 issue of the magazine.

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The days when only first-class flyers could get into swanky, closed-door airport lounges are gone. For as little as $24, any airline passenger can get access to complimentary bevvies and snacks, but is it worth the extra cost? “If you have a layover, cancelled flight, or early morning check-in and didn’t eat breakfast, some of these lounges can be good value,” explains Donna McSherry of But before you splurge go to to see what you get. Many only offer free snacks and beverages, and limited three-hour stays. And if you travel just a few times a year, you won’t want to pay $400 for an unlimited annual pass from Another option is to get a credit card that includes lounge perks. For instance, BMO’s World Elite card has an annual fee of just $150 and gives you access to pay-for-the-day VIP airport lounges worldwide.

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One comment on “Are airport lounges worth the cost?

  1. I have BMO world elite card with priority pass. But when I called Priority Pass she was nos impatient to take her next call and therefore I was unable to get more info as a first time user. I go onto their site and surf their respective airports and it says for example snacks ; available, alcohol : available. but it does not say if it is free or if there is charge for the same. PP must specify details before surprising its card holders, which reflects the clients disappointment and makes the BMO card services go down. What is the problem in being crystal clear on their sites for their respective airports which would gain them respect?
    Anticipating your response.

    Yous truly ..with all due respect.



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