Emirates has launched an additional privilege to extend the usage of its luxury lounges at Dubai International Airport to its loyalty programme members and their guests at a minimal fee regardless of their class of travel.
The pay-per-visit access will be available to Emirates Skywards members and their guests travelling in Economy Class on Emirates from New Zealand and other countries. Business Class travellers now also have the option to pay an upgrade fee to access the First Class lounges. Eligible guests can access the Emirates Business Class lounges in Dubai for a fee of US$100 and the Emirates First Class lounges for a fee of US$200. Business Class customers can also upgrade to First Class lounge access for a fee of US$100. Guests who have paid a fee for entry can stay for up to four hours. First and Business Class customers as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum Skywards members receive complimentary access to the lounges in Dubai. Dubai is the hub for all five daily New Zealand Emirates A380 services – four from Auckland (one non-stop; the others via Australia) and one from Christchurch – with passengers stopping over or flying on the same morning to 38 destinations in Europe, 22 in Africa or 16 in the Middle East.
Emirates has the largest network of airport lounges worldwide. In addition to Dubai, there are 33 other dedicated Emirates Lounges in major airports across the globe, including Auckland. The airline has plans to extend pay-per-visit access to its outstation lounges in the future.
All Emirates lounges have been designed with careful attention to detail, with elegant architectural features, stylish interior spaces, timber trellis work and bespoke furniture from Italy. Besides a full range of gourmet cuisine – prepared on-site by Emirates Chefs – a complimentary full bar service, shower facilities, a health spa, wine cellar and a dedicated children’s play area, the newly refurbished lounge also features three distinct concept areas: a barista experience in partnership with Costa Coffee; a health hub with Voss water featuring healthier food and beverage options; and an exclusive first-of-its-kind Moët & Chandon champagne lounge designed for Emirates, all of which are complimentary for guests.
The First Class lounges in Dubai are also a must-visit with a premium cigar lounge in Concourse A, a la carte dining and shoe shining services – all complimentary for guests once inside.