Arriving and departing at pretty much any airport is a pain in the neck for most travelers. Add in such annoyances as delays and your trip could be ruined. But for a select few, checking into an airport is actually enjoyable. Shocked? You wont be after checking out some of these first-class airport lounges that cater to the rich and famous flyers of the world.
British Airways, Concorde Room, London
British Airways Concorde Room

It would only make sense to build one of the world’s most regal lounges at one of the world’s busiest airports. In fact, London’s Heathrow International gets more international foot traffic than any other hub on the planet. An astonishing $125 million was spent to construct British Airways Concorde Room at the newly built Terminal 5. Some of the over the top amenities include spa services, a concierge desk that can book tickets, change flight information and even hail a taxi!


Cathay Pacific, The Pier, Hong Kong


The Pier at Cathay Pacific

The people at Cathay Pacific definitely know how to do luxury. Their state-of-the-art Hong Kong lounge called The Pier offers first class flyers such amazing amenities as 20” LCD televisions, plush leather chairs and on-demand audio systems that provide guests wake up calls if they doze off and waiter service if they’re hungry. Business travelers can check their emails with complimentary internet access and freshen up at one of the magnificent marble shower suites.


Qatar Airways, Premium Terminal, Doha
Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

This $90 million opulent Qatar Airways terminal located in Doha is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week and provides such first class goodies as Playstation consoles, amazing restaurants and even a doctor and nurse on call at all times. Look good before you arrive at your final destination with a manicure, massage or just a warm shower at the lavish Elemis Spa. Pick up something at the airport’s unbelievable enormous duty-free shopping area.

American Airlines, Flagship Lounge, New York
American Airlines Flagship Lounge at JFK Airport

First-class passengers at this New York City lounge are privy to some amazing services including a high-tech business center and cyber café. The options are seemingly endless at this AA lounge, which offers amazing cuisine, a long list of wines and liquors, DirecTV on flat panel televisions and of course showers to get refreshed before you leave the city that never sleeps.


Qantas, First-Class Lounge, Sydney
Qantas First-Class Lounge

After a long trip to Australia (or before you head back), first-class Qantas passengers can enjoy some cushy comforts at this Sydney airport lounge. The concierge service, which is powered by the Sofitel global network, is able to purchase tickets in New York City or make a restaurant reservation for you in Paris while you wait for your flight. Lounge at Marc Newson’s which offers such worldly amenities as wool carpets from Hong Kong and the finest leather furniture from Italy. Hungry travelers can dine at prominent Australian chef Neil Perry restaurants or relieve from stress at their day ultra chic spa.

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