Podcast 68. Unlocking Airport Lounges: How to Travel in Comfort and Style


In today’s episode, we’re diving deep into the exclusive world of airport lounges, those serene havens tucked away from the hustle and bustle of crowded terminals. Imagine slipping into a luxurious lounge, where complimentary gourmet meals, cozy seating, and even showers after a long flight become your pre-boarding ritual. Well, Pam, our resident lounge aficionado, insists on arriving hours early just to bask in these tranquil spaces—and honestly, who can blame her?

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We, the Travel Mom Squad (Pam, Jess, and Alex), are peeling back the velvet rope to give you the inside scoop on how you, too, can access these luxe lounges. It’s not just for the suit-clad business traveler anymore; with the right credit card, the world of airport lounges opens up to anyone seeking a touch of luxury in their travel experiences.

From the Priority Pass network that spans the globe to the opulent American Express Centurion Lounges and the newcomers like Capital One and Sapphire Lounges, we’re sharing our personal favorites and why some lounges have us planning our airport arrival times around a lounge visit.

But it’s not all about splurging on premium-class tickets. We’ll let you in on how certain credit cards offer complimentary access or even ways to purchase entry into these coveted spaces, making the lounge experience accessible for all travelers, regardless of your ticket class.

So, whether you’re a seasoned lounge visitor or new to the game, this episode is packed with our best tips, favorite lounges, and a few laughs along the way. Ready to transform your travel days with a touch of lounge luxury? Join us on this adventure, and let’s explore the best airport lounges around the world together. Hit play to listen to the full episode for all the juicy details and find out why Pam might just start vacationing at the airport!



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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 00:17 Meet the Lounge Queen: Pam’s early arrival for lounge luxury.
  • 01:00 Why we’re obsessed with airport lounges: Pam’s insights.
  • 03:45 The golden ticket to lounge access: Credit cards that open doors.
  • 03:47 Unveiling Priority Pass: Your passport to hundreds of lounges worldwide.
  • 09:25 American Express Centurion Lounges: A step above in luxury.
  • 13:05 United Club Lounges: Access with one-time passes and the value of United’s premium cards.
  • 16:14 Plaza Premium Lounges: An international gateway to comfort.
  • 19:00 Delta Sky Club Lounges: Exclusive access and amenities.
  • 21:26 Capital One Lounges: Unique offerings and the charm of to-go snacks.
  • 23:44 Sapphire Lounge by Chase: A new player in the lounge game.
  • 27:30 Experiencing lounges via business and first-class tickets: Top picks from around the world.
  • 33:50 If you could only choose one card for lounge access: Our picks.
  • 36:00 Exploring the best lounges with business or first-class tickets: Personal favorites.
  • 39:52 Conclusion and how airport lounges transform travel experiences.


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