VIP Airport Lounges: How to Get In

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Airport lounges are quietly upping the exclusivity quotient. T+L learns how to gain entry to these VIP areas.

Buy an International Upgrade

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Upgrade to business class on an international flight using frequent flyer miles. Almost every airline lets those flyers use the lounge. To get an idea of the cost, Continental will charge you 20,000 miles for a one-way upgrade plus a co-pay of $300–$550 (no co-pay required for full-fare economy upgrades) on flights between North America and Europe.

Good Strategy For: Non-elite frequent flyers with lots of excess miles.

VIP Airport Lounges: How to Get In

Buy an International Upgrade

Upgrade to business class on an international flight using frequent flyer miles. Almost every airline lets those flyers use the lounge. To get an idea of the cost, Continental will charge you 20,000 miles for a one-way upgrade plus a co-pay of $300–$550 (no co-pay required for full-fare economy upgrades) on flights between North America and Europe.

Good Strategy For: Non-elite frequent flyers with lots of excess miles.

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