Emirates has launched an additional privilege to extend the usage of its luxury lounges at Dubai International Airport to its Loyalty Programme members and their guests at a minimal fee regardless of their class of travel.
The pay-per-visit access will be available to Emirates Skywards members and their guests travelling on Emirates. Business Class travellers now also have the option to pay an upgrade fee to access the First Class lounges.
Dubai International Airport is home to seven Emirates lounges spread over three concourses – A, B and C. In each of the concourses there is a dedicated Emirates First Class and Business Class lounge.
Eligible guests can access the Emirates Business Class lounges in Dubai for a fee of US$ 100 and the Emirates First Class lounges for a fee of US$ 200. Business Class customers can also upgrade to First Class lounge access for a fee of US$ 100. Guests who have paid a fee for entry can stay for up to four hours. Currently, First and Business Class customers as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum Skywards members receive complimentary access to the lounges in Dubai.
Our premium lounges here at our hub in Dubai are some of the best in the world and we are pleased that more of our customers can now experience them. We are pleased to see many of our customers appreciate the opportunity to be able to pay for their additional guests and access the lounge which enables them to enjoy a relaxing space and indulge in delicious meals before their flight – said Adel Al Redha Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
Blue tier (entry-level) members will be able to access Emirates’ business class facilities at Dubai Airport for $100 (£82) for four hours, or $200 (£164) to access its first class facilities for the same length of time.
Members who have clocked up Silver and Gold membership (25,000 and 50,000 points respectively) already get complimentary entry to the Emirates business lounge, where there is a bar and buffet, but will be able to upgrade to the first class facilities for $100 to enjoy, among other features, a la carte dining, a cigar bar and a beauty salon. They will also be able to bring guests travelling in lower-tier classes into the business class and first class lounges, for $100 and $200 per person respectively.
Lounges were previously only open to higher-tier frequent flyer members and business or first class travelers.
Emirates can confirm that it has introduced pay-per-visit access to its lounges at Dubai International Airport,” said an airline spokesperson. This has been implemented in response to increasing demand from our valued customers for guest access to our lounges.
But some aviation experts suggest the changes are intended to boost Emirates’ faltering revenue. In November 2016, the airline reported a 75 per cent drop in half-year profits. “Increased competition, as well as the sustained economic and political uncertainty in many parts of the world has added downward pressure on prices as well as dampened travel demand,” read a statement from the airline.
In December, Emirates President Tim Clark announced that the airline would soon be launching a premium economy class. In October, it also introduced a charge for advanced seat selection and is said to be looking at other optional fees.
To qualify for the new upgraded lounge access, passengers must be travelling on an Emirates or Qantas codeshare flight, and access is “subject to capacity restrictions”, says the airline. Credit card payments can be made at the lounge check in counters.
Lounge access for infants younger than two years old will be complimentary, while children aged between two and 12 will cost half the adult rate. There are currently no plans to extend the agreement to other Emirates lounges around the world.
All Emirates lounges have been designed with careful attention to detail, with elegant architectural features, stylish interior spaces, timber trellis work and bespoke furniture from Italy.
Emirates also continually invests to upgrade and refresh its lounge experience. The Emirates Business Class lounge in Concourse B recently underwent an US$ 11 million makeover. Besides a full range of gourmet cuisine – prepared on-site by Emirates Chefs – a complimentary full bar service, shower facilities, a health spa, wine cellar and a dedicated children’s play area, the newly refurbished lounge also features three distinct concept areas: a barista experience in partnership with Costa Coffee; a Health hub with Voss water featuring healthier food and beverage options; and an exclusive first-of-its-kind Moët & Chandon champagne lounge designed for Emirates, all of which are complimentary for guests.
Emirates has the largest network of airport lounges worldwide. In addition to the seven in Dubai, there are 33 other dedicated Emirates Lounges in major airports across the globe. The airline has plans to extend pay-per-visit access to its outstation lounges in the future.