Airport Lounges Go Independent
Some airport lounges are open to all—for a fee.
Independent airport lounges are sprouting up across the U.S. Not affiliated with any particular airline, the lounges allow access to travelers flying with any carrier. Airspace Lounge (airspacelounge.com), which opened a space at Baltimore-Washington International Airport’s D concourse in May, may add another 75 airport locations worldwide. Day passes run from $17.50 to $45, depending on how busy the lounge is. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson wants an independent lounge located on Concourse F in its new international terminal, set to open next spring. Airport officials also would like two more sleep centers at ATL. Meanwhile, Los Angeles International Airport offers ReLAX Lounge (relaxloungelax.com) in its international terminal. The public access space, where family and friends can also wait for arrivals, costs $15 for one hour, $30 for three hours and $50 for the day. The Lounge at JFK Terminal 4 (theloungeJFK.com), located before the security checkpoint, charges $40 per person for four hours.