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The Best Airport Lounges In The U.S.  

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Finding the best airport lounges in the U.S. can be tricky depending on the amenities you want. Most airport lounges offer dining and cocktails as a standard and will give you the most value with your airport lounge pass. If you already have a favorite airline you will most likely be using their lounge such as the Delta Sky Club or some types of credit cards allow you access to their airport lounges like American Express. Some airport lounges allow you to purchase a day pass. This is a great way to try out the best airport lounges and clubs across the United States.

There are new lounges on this list like the United Polaris Lounges and older lounges that have stood the test of time such as the Alaska Airlines Board Room in Seattle. Use this list to find the best airport lounges in the U.S. that will help you prepare for your flight in style!

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Oneworld Business Lounge - LAX
Oneworld Business Lounge - LAX is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Airport Lounges In The U.S.
Photo: oneworld

Amenities:

  • Business class lounge
  • Communal fireplace
  • Central glass atrium
  • Dining
  • Cocktails
  • 16 shower suites with Aurora Spa amenities
  • Workstations

How to access: If your oneworld® frequent flyer tier status is Emerald or Sapphire, or you are traveling in a First or Business Class cabin on any oneworld member airline, you can access around 650 airport lounges throughout the world.

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Star Alliance Lounge - LAX
Star Alliance Lounge - LAX is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Airport Lounges In The U.S.
Photo: Star Alliance

Amenities:

  • Outdoor terrace
  • Cocktails
  • Dining
  • Shower suites
  • Work area
  • Entertainment area
  • Separate First Class Lounge

How to access: First class and business class customers flying on a Star Alliance airline. Star Alliance Gold customers can access the lounge regardless of flight class.

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Cathay Pacific Lounge - SFO
Cathay Pacific Lounge - SFO is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Airport Lounges In The U.S.
Photo: Cathay Pacific

Amenities:

  • Dining
  • Workstations
  • Shower suites
  • Cocktails
  • Luggage storage
  • Noodle bar

How to access: Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon lounges are available to First and Business Class passengers, selected members of The Marco Polo Club and oneworld partner program members. Exclusive arrival lounges are also available in Hong Kong, London Heathrow and Frankfurt.

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse - JFK
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse - JF... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Airport Lounges In The U.S.
Photo: David Jones/Flickr

Amenities:

  • Cocktails
  • Dining
  • Clubhouse spa
  • Entertainment zone
  • Showers
  • Luggage storage 

How to access: Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members have free access for themselves and a guest traveling on the same flight.

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