Buy Emirates Lounge Access: Here’s How Much It Costs

Buy Emirates Lounge Access: Here’s How Much It Costs

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I just published a post about how to buy access to Etihad lounges in Abu Dhabi. Since I covered that, I figure it’s also worth dedicating a post to buying access to Emirates lounges, as the airline sells access to its global network of lounges. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know — how much does it cost to buy Emirates lounge access, and is it worth it?

Cost to buy Emirates lounge access

Lounge access is a standard feature for Emirates first class and Emirates business class passengers. However, even Emirates economy passengers can buy access to lounges (and for that matter, business class passengers can upgrade their lounge experience).

Below I’ll cover the policies for buying access to the Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai, Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai, and then Emirates’ network of outstation lounges (all around the globe).

Before I get into the details of each, let me cover some of the basics:

  • In each case, lounge access can be purchased directly at the lounge, and not in advance
  • All lounge prices are for one-time access — in Dubai you can access lounges up to four hours before departure, and at all other airports up to three hours before departure
  • Only Emirates passengers are eligible to buy lounge access, so you can’t buy lounge access if flying with another airline; however, it doesn’t matter if another airline issued your ticket
  • You must pay for lounge access by credit or debit card; you can’t pay with cash or with Emirates Skywards miles
  • There are potentially lounge capacity constraints, so this may not be available during peak periods
  • Children below the age of 12 can receive lounge access for half the cost of an adult, assuming they’re accompanied; infants younger than two can be brought in for free with an adult
  • The cost to access lounges doesn’t include VAT, so that’s on top of the published cost
  • Emirates has separate lounge pricing for Skywards and non-Skywards members; since it’s free to join the Skywards program, you’ll definitely want to join if you’re going to buy access

With that out of the way, let’s get into the details.

Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai access cost

The cost to buy access to the Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai depends on whether you’re traveling in economy class or business class:

  • If traveling in economy, access costs $250 for Skywards members or $300 for non-Skywards members
  • If traveling in business, upgraded access costs $150 for Skywards members or $175 for non-Skywards members
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai

Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai access cost

The cost to buy access to the Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai is $150 for Skywards members and $175 for non-Skywards members.

Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai

Outstation Emirates Lounge access cost

The cost to buy access to any outstation Emirates Lounge is $125 for Skywards members and $155 for non-Skywards members.

All Emirates outstation lounges are shared first and business class lounges, so there’s no separate area for first class passengers. Emirates has lounges in Auckland, Bangkok, Birmingham, Boston, Cape Town, Colombo, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, Munich, New York Kennedy, Perth, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo Narita, and Zürich.

Emirates Lounge New York

Is buying Emirates lounge access worth it?

Let me cut to the chase — the cost to buy access to Emirates lounges is steep, and under a vast majority of circumstances I don’t think it’s worth it:

  • It’s one thing if this cost covered a very long stay, but you can only access lounges three to four hours ahead of departure, so when you factor in heading to the gate an hour before departure, that’s like two to three hours in the lounge
  • Personally if I didn’t otherwise have lounge access, I’d rather spend that money on a nice restaurant in the terminal, or on a room in a transit hotel
  • While Emirates has solid lounges for business class passengers, there’s nothing about them that’s going to totally wow you, so spending $125-150 for a buffet meal and drinks, plus somewhere comfortable to sit, is more than I’d want to spend
  • I think it’s only worth upgrading from the business class lounge to the first class lounge if you really value a much quieter environment, and if you care about a la carte dining and a higher end alcohol selection, but even then, the difference isn’t that huge
Emirates Business Lounge Dubai champagne bar

At least that’s my take. Let me of course acknowledge that if you’re really well off and you wouldn’t think twice about dropping that kind of money on something, then it could be worth it. Furthermore, if you’re celebrating a special occasion, it could be worth the splurge. But I think the pricing is beyond what I’d consider to be a value.

Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai a la carte dining

Bottom line

Emirates sells access to its global network of lounges. You can buy access to the carrier’s first and business class lounges in Dubai, as well as all the carrier’s outstation lounges. For Skywards members, the cost of lounge access varies anywhere from $125 to $250, and I’d say that’s very steep, given that you’re limited to accessing lounges three to four hours before departure.

So this option is something to be aware of, and maybe it’s worth it for a special occasion, but otherwise I’d say it’s not a great value.

Would you consider buying access to an Emirates lounge?

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  1. Bernie Guest

    Can I use the emirates lounge in Milan if I'm arriving with emirates Business class, but my connection flight is not with Emirates?

  2. Dr Calee Eastham Guest

    Thankyou. You have been very, very helpful.

  3. Nicki Guest

    So if you take your peanut butter sandwich from home and your coffee sachet, you can use their free hot water and give their ridiculous prices the finger. :)

  4. CIAMom420 Member

    I spent around seven hours in the Dubai concourse B lounge a few weeks ago. Fortunately it was free, but I’d still consider shelling out for it for a layover that long. But if it was three or four hours, I’d definitely explore priority pass options first. For anything under two, I’d likely just poke around their massive duty free shops.

  5. Paul Crimea Guest

    I don't drink so it would be ludicrous to spend USD 250 on four hours in the lounge. I've used the Business Class lounge plenty of times and it is always a pleasure. Personally I don't want or need A La Carte dining in a lounge, especially since I'll have left a perfectly good Dubai hotel to go to the aiprort. Maybe of transiting DXB but still Hlhard to make the numbers work of not a drinker.

  6. DCS Guest

    Ridiculous pricing. I'd rather use that money to buy plenty of food at a local supermarket and cook an excellent dinner

  7. Chris Guest

    One thing missing from this analysis, and the Etihad post, is the opportunity to drink expensive alcohol in these first class lounges. A few years ago, I flew first from Dubai to Dulles and was served a $250 bottle of Bordeaux, from a less available but interesting older vintage. Unfortunately, it was breakfast so I didn’t get to maximize the experience. I’m sure other readers have similar/better stories ?

  8. John Guest

    You can add Brisbane to that list of outstation lounges. I can't help but feel there are other Emirates operated lounge locations also not mentioned here..

    1. Guest Guest

      Yes I can think of Johannesburg, Istanbul, Cairo

    2. Fai Guest

      Add Paris, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore to the list!

    3. Fai Guest

      Add Paris, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore to the list!

    4. Steven Guest

      shanghai, beijing and hong hong all closed

  9. Vibhav Kishore Guest

    The Price is very steep for 2 to 04hrs max..I rather spend on Duty Free Shopping or relaxing @ the Gate area of the Departure ...Definitely No..

  10. Patti Guest

    The Dubai business lounge is the bomb. Showers, rest areas ( though I wish they would enclose them), smoking lounge and lots of food choices and boarding straight from the lounge.

    The JFK one is good but far from the quality of Dubai.

  11. Stuart in GA Guest

    I loved the Business class lounge in Dubai. I smoke, and the smoking section was quiet, well attended by staff, and didn't smell like a smoking lounge.

    I would probably spring for it if not traveling in Business.

    1. Brian Guest

      I guess it is a matter of perspective . My wife and flew out of Dubai at 2 a.m. last February. The business class lounge had limited food (and not very good), no separate bar (you could order drinks from a person manning the buffet and you had to stand in a line), the coffee bar was closed, no one taking any orders for food or drink, and the general seating area was a bit...

      I guess it is a matter of perspective . My wife and flew out of Dubai at 2 a.m. last February. The business class lounge had limited food (and not very good), no separate bar (you could order drinks from a person manning the buffet and you had to stand in a line), the coffee bar was closed, no one taking any orders for food or drink, and the general seating area was a bit run down and not well maintained. We much preferred the lounge at JFK. Quiet, elegant, and an excellent buffet and friendly staff who took orders from the lounge.

    2. CIAMom420 Member

      It’s ironic to me that 2 am in that lounge is prime time and one of the most packed periods, and yet the food is the weakest and most amenities are closed.

    3. Seo Woo-Hyun Guest

      Staff are sleeping i guess

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Bernie Guest

Can I use the emirates lounge in Milan if I'm arriving with emirates Business class, but my connection flight is not with Emirates?

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Dr Calee Eastham Guest

Thankyou. You have been very, very helpful.

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Nicki Guest

So if you take your peanut butter sandwich from home and your coffee sachet, you can use their free hot water and give their ridiculous prices the finger. :)

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