TPG Readers Reveal Their Favorite Arrivals Lounges Around the World

Aug 26, 2018

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There’s just something beautiful about walking off the plane after a long-haul flight and knowing you can take a nice, hot shower, or enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in a relaxing setting after a red-eye across the ocean. While arrivals lounges are pretty rare compared to regular departures lounges, that doesn’t make them any less valuable.

We recently asked our TPG Lounge readers to share whether or not they were fans of using arrivals lounges when they travel, and if so, where their favorites can be found. Here’s what they had to say. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).

Popular Arrivals Lounges

One of the perks of being in business or first class when traveling internationally is the ability to freshen up in an arrivals lounge as soon as you land so you can feel more like yourself in your new destination…

Centurion Lounges in any airport and Virgin Lounges in the UK. Arriving anywhere between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and knowing that you may not get to check into your hotel until noon makes a good arrivals lounge as great as — or more important than — a departures lounge.” — ‪Mark H.

“Used Cathay Pacific’s The Arrival lounge for a quick snack and shower. It’s a smaller lounge but not somewhere you’d spend more than the minimal time at. I’ve also used the landside Priority Pass Lounge at FRA [Frankfurt], a nice place to wait for a train and have a snack.” — ‪Albert G.

“The Virgin [Revivals] arrivals lounge at LHR [London Heathrow].” — Rebecca D.

‪”The Swiss Arrivals Lounge at ZRH [Zurich], the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge at FRA and the Qatar Airways Premium Arrivals Lounge at DOH [Doha].” — Toby G.

“I plan on checking out the American Airlines Arrivals Lounge at Terminal 3 at LHR next week.” — ‪Ivy S.

“Not too many out there, so I’ll say Swiss in Zurich (ZRH) and Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong (HKG).” — ‪Moti L.

“The Priority Pass [Plaza Premium] arrivals lounge [landside, on level 3] at HKG.” — ‪Amine B.

“Air France at CDG [Paris] and YUL [Montreal].” — ‪Pierre B.

“The Etihad Arrivals Lounge in Abu Dhabi. — ‪Jonathan M.

“The LHR United Arrivals Lounge is a gem. Highly useful.” — Chris K.

“The ANA Arrivals Lounge in Tokyo (NRT). They have showers, drinks and snacks.” — ‪Prince J.M.

“I used the Qatar Airways Arrivals Lounge in Doha after the airline lost our luggage for 1.5 hours.” — ‪Brandon G.

The entrance to the Qatar Business Class Arrivals Lounge. Photo by TPG.
The entrance to the Qatar Business Class Arrivals Lounge. (Photo by JT Genter / The Points Guy)

Treating Regular Lounges Like Arrivals Lounges

Although there seemed to be some confusion at first — several TPG Lounge readers simply responded with their favorite airline lounge regardless of whether or not it really was an arrivals lounge — after some discussion, it became clear that most travelers appreciate being able to use any lounge upon arrival.

“I’ve used a Priority Pass lounge as an ‘arrival lounge’ to grab lunch before heading out for the day. The Turkish Airlines Lounge at IAD [Washington DC] was good for that and was almost completely empty.” — Mike Z.

“So far, the Lufthansa lounge at CDG. After a long flight from SFO [San Francisco], it was great to get a shower and a bite to eat before wandering around Paris all day.” — ‪David M.

“The United lounge at NRT is a nice place to refresh after a 12-hour flight as you’re prepping for the next five-hour flight!” — Deb C.

“I always head for the ANA lounges at NRT because they have ramen on demand.” — Carl C.

“The PGA Lounge at MSP [Minneapolis], my home airport. I use it almost every time.” — ‪Jeffrey R.

“United’s new Polaris Lounge at SFO.” — ‪Zack M.

PHL’s [Philadelphia] Centurion Lounge.” — Jason F.

“I’m thankful to be able to use any lounge upon arrival.” – Jamie N.

“Any Centurion Lounge. I hate flying, so even after a first-class flight, I like to stretch out in a big comfy chair and have a scotch to decompress.” — ‪Grant G.

Centurion Lounges can be quite cozy. (Photo by TPG).
American Express’ Centurion Lounges, like the one at LaGuardia (LGA) can be quite cozy. (Photo by Kevin Song / The Points Guy).

Readers Helping Readers

It’s great when our TPG Lounge members get so involved in a topic that they respond with their own tips. That’s what happened when reader Josh L. asked which airports around the world are home to arrivals lounges…

“Besides the United international lounges at SFO, are there specific arrivals lounges at other airports?” — ‪Josh L.

“Loads. Lufthansa’s at FRA is the only airline one that I’m personally familiar with but American Airlines, British Airways, and Turkish Airlines all operate dedicated arrivals lounges.” — ‪Bert W.

“Yes. American Airlines, British Airways, United, Virgin Atlantic, and Plaza Premium all have arrivals lounges at LHR. Cathay Pacific and Plaza Premium have ones at HKG as well. Those are just the ones I know of.” — ‪Andrew B.

And finally, we especially love when readers are able to share little one-off tips that might help someone else have a great time on their trip. Kudos to reader Erik G. for this juicy tidbit.

“Is there an arrival lounge in Munich?” — Kevin T.

“You can get a two-hour pass to the spa in the Hilton hotel at the airport for around $25.” — Erik G.

Featured image of the Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge at LHR courtesy of Priority Pass.

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