Dubai-based carrier Emirates has announced that it will allow passengers to pay for access to its business and first class lounges at Dubai International airport.
Under the new system, members of the carrier’s Skywards rewards programme can pay for access to both its business class and first class lounges from the lowest blue tier.
In addition, members can pay for their companions to access the lounges if they are flying on an Emirates or Qantas flight.
Entry-level Skywards members (blue-tier) can pay US$100 for four hours of access to Emirates’ business class facilities, or US$200 to enter the carrier’s first class lounges.
Children will be charged half price for both lounges.
In addition Gold and Silver members – who already get complimentary access to Emirates’ business class lounges at Dubai International – can choose to upgrade to the first class facilities for a fee of US$100.
Passengers who pay for access but exceed the four-hour limit will be required to pay for an additional four hours even if the extended stay is due to flight delay or disruption.
The carrier says that access is “subject to capacity restrictions”, with payment being made by credit or debit card which means members cannot pay by cash nor by redeeming miles for access.
Emirates stresses that “There is no change to the current entitlement for complimentary lounge access for any Emirates Skywards members”.