Airport Lounges: Are They Worth It?


In this highly structured, double blind, peer reviewed study we examined three airlines: Delta, American, and United. We focused on the advantages and disadvantages of the lounges overall and then moved to a cost benefit analysis of lounge v economy cost. The goal: determine if lounges are worth the cost.



Advantages v Disadvantages:

Weighing the lounge v non-lounge is tough, especially when the tangible aspects are pitted against those intangibles. Below we take it piece by piece:


Cost-benefit analysis

So you’re beginning to wonder: are they worth it? Do the advantages here outweigh the cost of a membership? We’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to. Below we’ve broken it all down:


Cost of annual membership by Airline:

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From here we took the initial cost and divided it amongst number of flights per year. This was compared to what we deemed the ‘Economy cost’:

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It’s safe to say a $1,125 annual spend at Chili’s Too won’t be a stat to impress your friends and colleagues with. Bottom line: if you fly more than 10 times a year it might be worth investing in a lounge membership.


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