The Exclusive Clubs in Every Airport

What you can expect from an Airport Lounge

Jordan Fraser
5 min readAug 2, 2019


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Choosing to purchase a Business or First Class flight instead of economy is an enormous financial decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

There are two main options for getting your hands on an upgraded ticket. You can either buy a Business/First ticket, or you can upgrade an existing flight, something that’s usually done with points rather than cash.

However you do it, flying in an upgraded cabin is very expensive.

Because of the enormous price hike, people everyday are rightly asking

“Is it worth it?”

How could I possibly be getting value for the money that I’m spending? It can feel impossible, considering that the price can be more than triple an economy ticket.

Part of the problem is not really knowing what you’re going to get.

Over the course of several articles here on The Mile High Club we’re going to break down the perks of a ticket upgrade so that you can better decide if the perks are worth the cash.

The first perk is the ability to access super exclusive airport lounges.

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The Lounge

I’ve had a range of experiences when it comes to airport lounges.

I spent time in Shanghai Pudong’s pay-to-enter lounge and .. dear god.
I like to call it “the demountable” because it doesn’t look permanent and is basically a hollow space between adjoining shops.

Instead of being it’s own hidden space, “the demountable” is a bunch of chairs in the main terminal casually blocked off by surrounding stores. Photo: Efficient Asian Man

Airport lounges can vary wildly, from the bare bones “demountable” to the downright opulent. (The lounge below and the lounge above are in the same airport).



Jordan Fraser