Emirates recently rolled out paid access to business and first class lounges and is testing including business class lounge access as an economy promotion. So it’s not surprising to see Gulf rival Etihad monetizing its lounge product as well.
- Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1
- Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 3
- Etihad First & Business Class Lounge London Heathrow
- Etihad First & Business Class Lounge Manchester
- Etihad Business Class Lounge Dublin
- Etihad First & Business Class Lounge Paris
- Etihad First & Business Class Lounge Washington Dulles
- Etihad First & Business Class Lounge New York JFK
- Etihad First & Business Class Lounge Melbourne
- Etihad First & Business Class Lounge Sydney
Etihad doesn’t offer paid access for their first class lounge in Abu Dhabi or for Residence lounges (or the US Preclearance Lounge in Abu Dhabi). While the price isn’t published, apparently it’s the local currency equivalent of ~ US$50 per person. Children under 12 are charged half price. And access is subject to capacity restrictions.
Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi
$50 for the New York JFK lounge‘s sit down dining and premium bar could easily be worthwhile. The same holds for the Washington Dulles lounge and likely others. Etihad’s outstation premium lounges are a step above most other carriers’ offerings.
The worry of course for premium passengers is that already busy lounges especially in Abu Dhabi get even more crowded and dilute the experience.
Of course offering paid lounge access is more and more common. United, Delta, and American have all long offered day passes (which generally aren’t worth $50 — or $59 at United and Delta). Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members can redeem miles for lounge access and Thai Airways offers miles for lounge access as well.
United Club Entrance
(HT: Points from the Pacific)