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Hanging out in Airport Lounges
Most people do not get to enjoy the benefits of airport lounges, but there are plenty of travelers who travel so much, they have made it a mission to personally discover unique and comfortable lounges they can stop at during their visit to the airport. Common visitors to lounges are usually businessman and military personnel who are usually given a discount to enter the lounges.
Lounges are places travellers usually visit when they have long layovers or have arrived early to the airport and want a place to hang out until their flight arrives. Lounges are usually designed to be personal and professional that it almost seems as if you joined some exclusive club not available to the public or non-paying visitors.
If you travel all the time, there are lounges that may have yearly subscriptions, while others may just charge a fee to enter, but once you are in, the benefits of these lounges provide privacy and comfort, maybe even a shower, or complimentary food and drinks, without having to be around the hundreds of people walking around, sitting around, or rushing to get to their flight.
This infographic explores the top airport lounges to visit around the United States. Infographic courtesy of Neomam Studios.
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The Most Checked-In Airport Lounges ✈ In the United States ✈
When it comes to boarding a flight, many people feel that checking in on social media is almost as mandatory as checking in in person.
Here’s how people are using Foursquare to check in at various airport lounges because, hey, if you happen to be waiting for your flight surrounded by the perks of an airport lounge – why not brag about it?
— MOST CHEDCKED-IN LOUNGES —
Top 10 lounges with the highest number of check-ins.
5 of the top ten are owned by United Club (UC)
3 of the top ten are owned by American Airlines Admirals Club (AAAC)
2 of the top ten are owned by DELTA SKY CLUB (DSC)
- San Francisco International Airport 28,817 (UC)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 24,873 (DSC)
- O’Hare International Airport 22,183 (AAAC)
- Newark Liberty International Airport 19,631 (UC)
- Los Angeles International Airport 19,409 (AAAC)
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport 17,602 (UC)
- San Francisco International Airport 16,225 (UC)
- San Francisco International Airport 15,481 (UC)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport 15,354 (AAAC)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 15,235 (DSC)
— TIPS BY LOUNGE —
Top 10 lounges with the highest number of Foursquare tips.
- Los Angeles International Airport – “Bartenders make an awesome spicy bloody mary.” 173
- Newark Liberty International Airport – “Showers are good.” 153
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (concourse A) – “If you have time, go to the other Sky Club on Concourse B.” 151
- San Francisco International Airport – “Use the premier security line.” 137
- O’Hare International Airport – “Go to the corner cell-free room and relax!” 130
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (concourse B) – “Best bloody mary in town.” 119
- Los Angeles International Airport – “Very nice showers.” 115
- Los Angeles International Airport – “Plenty of Ethernet plugs if you’re worried about a Wi-Fi signal.” 112
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport – “Best domestic lounge.” 110
- John F. Kennedy International Airport – “Free Wi-Fi and nice seating area.” 109
— LOUNGES BY AIRLINE —
Top 10 airlines with the most airport lounges.
|AIRLINE||NUMBER OF LOUNGES||NUMBER OF CHECK-INS|
*Independently owned and not aligned to an airline
**Combined total of Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic
— SECRET FOURSQUARE LOUNGES—
Here are some less popular lounges, with fewer than 10 Foursquare check-ins.
Just imagine how quiet they must be!
|Crew Rooms – Lounges only available to crew members of certain airlines.||Military Rooms – Lounges only available to military personnel and their families.||Obscure Rooms – Lounges with restricted opening times and restricted member access.|
Number of Foursquare check-ins
- 2 Horizon Air, Rogue Valley Airport
- 6 GoJet Crew Lounge, Lambert – St. Louis Airport
- 2 Republic Airlines, Indianapolis Airport
- 1 USO Office, Port Columbus Airport
- 2 Military Courtesy Room, Albany Airport
- 3 Saudi Airlines Business Lounge Washington Dulles Airport
- 2 Air New Zealand Gold Lounge, Honolulu Airport
✈ — SOURCES — ✈
All data obtained from Foursquare, correct as Feb. 17, 2014.
Photo by Riccardo Bresciani from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/adults-airport-architectural-design-architecture-301930/