Plaza Premium Lounges Guide (Prices & Locations) [2020]

You may have heard of Plaza Premium Lounges before because they are in a lot of different countries and come attached to several different membership programs. But what exactly are these lounges, where can you find them, and are these worth your time?

In this article, I will break down everything you need to know about Plaza Premium Lounges including things like how to get access, all of the locations, and what you can expect when you visit. 


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What are Plaza Premium Lounges?

Plaza Premium Lounges are lounges that are part of the Plaza Premium Group lounge network and they are located all over the world (44 international airports). You will find a lot of these lounges in Australia, Asia, and the Middle East, though you can also find some in Europe and South America. Unfortunately, there are not currently any Plaza Premium Lounges in the United States.  


How do you get access to Plaza Premium lounges?

There are quite a few ways that you can get access to a Plaza Premium Lounge.

Purchasing a day pass

One option to get access to a Plaza Premium Lounge is to simply purchase a day pass.

These can be purchased/reserved online or you can just purchase a day pass at the check-in desk. To book online simply go to the main website and then search for your desired lounge and after you click on that lounge you will see an option to reserve a spot.

Not all lounges will allow you to book online and keep in mind that there could be capacity restraints if a lounge is particularly busy at that time. 

The cost of your day pass will depend on the lounge, type of visit, and also on how long you plan on sticking around. Typically, for the type of visit you can choose from a standard lounge visit, a shower visit, or a private resting experience.

A Plaza Premium lounge at Hong Kong charges the following rates for a lounge visit: 

  • One hour: US$42
  • Two hours: US$75
  • Five hours: US$100

A lounge at London Heathrow charged $52 for a two hour visit and $27 for a shower visit but some lounges in Asia may only charge $8 for a shower visit. So the cost of your visit will depend largely on the location and duration of your visit. 

Some of these lounges have more to offer and you can purchase a full private rest experience.

This will allow you the opportunity to take a shower, enjoy some dining, and get some real rest. With a pass like this, you could spend up to nine hours in the lounge so it is essentially a mini-hotel stay.

The prices for these experiences are going to be much more expensive. For example, the same lounge in Hong Kong referenced above will charge you US$230 for this experience for 9 hours. (Other private resting experiences may be cheaper if you are only using them for 3 to 6 hours.)

Priority Pass Select membership

You can also get access to some Plaza Premium Lounges with your Priority Pass Select membership. Priority Pass is a much larger network of airport lounges that you can find across the world and their lounge network totals over 1,200 lounges. Some lounges in the Priority Pass Select network are also Plaza Premium lounge so there is overlap between the two.

If you are interested in obtaining a Priority Pass Select membership I would suggest getting a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve which grants access to lounges and credits to the airport restaurants that are in the Priority Pass Select restaurant network. With a Priority Pass Select membership, you will typically be able to bring two guests along with you but it depends on the type of card you have and also on any capacity restraints from the lounge.

American Express Platinum Card

If you hold the American Express Platinum Card you can also get access to Plaza Premium Lounges (along with access to many other different types of lounges). Platinum card members may bring up to 1 companion into Plaza Premium Lounges as complimentary guests.

There is some access overlap because the Platinum Card also provides you with Priority Pass Select membership. However, there are some Plaza Premium Lounges that do not offer access to Priority Pass members and with the Platinum Card sometimes you can reportedly get more extensive access and better benefits such as more free food and drinks. 

Flight tickets

If you are flying a premium cabin on a certain airline, then you may be given admission to the lounge based on your airfare. For example, I was once given access to a Plaza Premium lounge when I was flying business class on Thai Airways.

Do you have to pay for children?

You can check the policy for bringing children to a lounge by clicking on the lounge through the main website. But the children policy that you will often encounter is that children between ages 2 to 11 are charged 70% of the adult rates and children under 2 years old have complimentary access.


What can you expect in a Plaza Premium lounge?

In my personal experience, I found Plaza Premium Lounges to be pretty high-quality. They didn’t quite blow me away but they are not a bad place to relax in.

The types of amenities that you will encounter will just depend on the type of lounge that you visit. It’s very easy to see what amenities each lounge has because when you click on that lounge, you will see a breakdown of icons displaying all of the amenities offered. It will look something like this:

Food and beverages

Most of these lounges will have an area with food and beverages, including hot food. If you are only interested in vegetarian options many lounges will accommodate those.

Alcohol/bars

Most Plaza Premium airport lounges will have an area dedicated for alcoholic drinks. Some even might have draught beer.

Just note that if you are traveling through certain parts of the world like Saudi Arabia then you will not find a Plaza Premium lounge with alcohol due to the laws in that country. 

Seating areas

All of these lounges should have comfortable seating areas where you can relax and enjoy winding down between flights. Many of the seating areas are semi-private so you can experience a little bit of privacy as you get work done and await your flight. 

Flight information

Just about any Plaza Premium lounge that you visit should have a display for flight information. This means that you will see a screen with all of the current flight numbers and departure times displayed so that you can easily check on the status of your departure. Just note that some lounges might announce when a flight is changed or delayed but most of the time it is completely on you to keep up with your flight times. 

Wi-fi

You should expect to receive complimentary Wi-Fi at most Plaza Premium airport lounges. The speed may vary depending on the airport but in my experience the speed was very good and I was able to get work done without any issues. 

Charging stations

Most lounges will come equipped with the charging stations so you can keep your laptop and electronics ready to go for your travels. Sometimes these might be built into the furniture so be on the lookout for them.

 

Spa and massage stations

A minority of these lounges will have special spa and massage stations such as the Plaza Premium Lounge (Near Gate 35, Departures) in Hong Kong. Often times a spa or massage session may be very short such as 10 minutes and could be included in an admission package.

Something to keep in mind about massages in airport lounges is that these are subject to availability and often times can fill up quickly. So if you are interested in getting some type of spa session then you need to reserve that as quickly as you can.

Showers

Not all Plaza Premium lounges will have showers but some will. Again, showers can be in hot demand sometimes so as soon as you arrive at a lounge you should inquire about availability. Typically, you will be given a set amount that you can use in the shower such as 30 minutes.

24 hours?

Some Plaza Premium Lounges will be open 24 hours. In certain regions, you may find 24 hour lounges more common like in places like India. Other times, you will be facing a more standard open time where the lounge opens early in the morning and closes late at night, possibly around midnight. Often times the open and close hours depend on the flight schedules at that airport.

Departures and arrivals?

Plaza Premium Lounges have both departures and arrivals lounges. A departure lounge is a lounge that you visit while you are waiting for your flight to depart and an arrival lounge is a lounge where you visit upon landing.

Most of the lounges will be departure lounges but there are some Plaza Premium arrival lounges. For example, London Heathrow Airport has several different arrivals lounges. You might think that arrival lounges will be cheaper to visit but that is not necessarily the case. For example, the arrivals lounge at London Heathrow charges $52 for admission good for two hours.


Full list of Plaza Premium Lounges

Below is a full list of all of the known Plaza Premium Lounges that you can find. 

Mainland China

Beijing Capital International Airport

  • BGS Premier Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 2)
  • BGS Premier Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 3)

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

  • Library Lounge by Aerotel Guangzhou (International Departures, Terminal 2)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

  • No. 77 China Eastern Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 2)
  • No. 37 VIP Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 1)
  • No. 9 VIP Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 1)

Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Near Gate 60, Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Near Gate 35, Departures)
  • Plaza Premium First (Near Gate 1, Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Near Gate 1, Departures)

Macau SAR

  • Macau International Airport
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Departures)

Taiwan

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport


Americas and Europe

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrivals, Terminal 2)

Canada

Edmonton International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Non-US Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (US Departures)

Toronto Pearson International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 1)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 3)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 1)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 3)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (US Transborder, Terminal 1)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (US Transborder, Terminal 3)
  • Wellbeing (US Transborder, Terminal 3)

Vancouver International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Pier C, Domestic Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (US Departures)

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Departures)

Finland

Helsinki Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Non-Schengen Area, Departures, Terminal 2)

France

Charles de Gaulle Airport

  • Salon ICARE (Departures, Terminal 1)

Italy

Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport

United Kingdom

London Heathrow Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Departures, Terminal 2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrivals, Terminal 2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrivals, Terminal 3)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Departures, Terminal 4)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrivals, Terminal 4)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Departures, Terminal 5)

Australia

Brisbane Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)
  • Wellness Spa (International Departures)

Melbourne Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 2)

Sydney Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)
  • SkyTeam Lounge operated by Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)

Cambodia

Phnom Penh International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)

Siem Reap International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)

Indonesia

Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

  • Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 3)

Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures)

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

  • Plaza Premium First (International Departures, Satellite Terminal)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Satellite Terminal)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal KLIA2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Opposite Aerotel Kuala Lumpur, gateway@klia2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Next to Aerotel Kuala Lumpur, gateway@klia2)
  • Wellness (International Departures, Satellite Terminal)
  • Wellness (International Departures, Terminal KLIA2)

Kuching International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departure)

Philippines

  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Departures, Terminal 2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrival Level, Terminal 1)

Singapore

Singapore Changi Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 1)
  • BLOSSOM – SATS & Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 4)
  • SATS Premier Lounge (Departures, Terminal 2)
  • SATS Premier Lounge (Departures, Terminal 3)

South Korea

Gimpo International Airport

  • Skyhub Lounge (International Departure, Terminal 1)

India

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 1)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 2)
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 1)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge Transit Hotel (Domestic Arrivals, Terminal 1)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 2)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Lounge A, Level 3, International Departures, Terminal 3)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Lounge B, Level 4, International Departures, Terminal 3)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures, Terminal 3)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge Transit Hotel (International Arrivals, Terminal 3)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Arrivals, Terminal 3)

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures)

Oman

Salalah Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)

Saudi Arabia

King Fahd International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)

Riyadh King Khalid International Airport

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Departures, Terminal 1)

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi International Airport

  • Al Reem Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 1)
  • Al Dhabi Lounge (International Departures, Terminal 1)

Final word

As you can tell, there are a lot of Plaza Premium Lounges located all across the globe. These are for the most part pretty high-quality lounges that offer an array of amenities that you might need and there are multiple ways to access them including a couple of ways via credit cards. Personally I’ve had good experiences at these lounges and would not hesitate to give them a visit again.

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