Traveling can oftentimes be uncomfortable, and delays are all the more common. Having access to an airport lounge can be a nice retreat when you want to relax before a flight, freshen up after a flight or just kill some time in style. Not only can lounge access grant you complimentary food and beverages, but a comfy lounge can also be great place to wait or do some work if your flight is delayed.

Among some of the plush, all-inclusive amenities you can expect at many premiere lounges include private day rooms, a-la-carte dining service, limousine transfers, and spa facilities. This certainly isn't the case at all lounges, but is on par with what you can expect at such airport lounges as:

  • Lufthansa's First Class Terminal at Frankfurt
  • Qantas International First Lounges at Sydney and Melbourne
  • Air France's La Premiere Lounge in Paris
  • Thai Airways Royal First Lounge & Spa in Bangkok
  • Swiss First Class Lounge in Zurich
  • Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai

Even at a less opulent lounge, passengers can typically enjoy comfortable seating, newspapers and magazines, drinks and light snacks, Wi-Fi, and computer terminals. Many lounges also offer showers where passengers can freshen up after a long flight.

Wondering how to get access to all of these perks? You don't necessarily have to travel Business Class or First Class to be granted lounge access. Membership in a frequent flyer program can do the trick, but you need to make sure you choose the right program. These programs do vary significantly, both in terms of available perks as well as the number of lounges operated internationally.

The Qantas Club

As a member of the Qantas Club, you can enjoy an extensive array of exclusive services and privileges to ensure your travels are as comfortable as possible. Among those amenities include access to more than 130 Qantas, associated, and partner airline lounges around the world; a selection of light snacks and beverages; complimentary use of business services and facilities; the latest newspapers and magazines; and hot showers.

OneWorld Frequent Flyer Lounge Access

With a frequent flyer tier status of Emerald or Sapphire with OneWorld, you can gain access to approximately 650 airport lounges around the world. Regardless of where in the world you travel, if you're a OneWorld member, there's a good chance you can gain access to the airport's lounge.

SkyTeam Alliance Lounge Access

With a SkyTeam Elite Plus membership, passengers flying on a same-day international flight operated by a partner airline can gain lounge access and invite a guest to join them if the guest is also on a SkyTeam flight. SkyTeam currently has more than 600 lounges globally.

And in other news related to SkyTeam, members might want to take note that SkyTeam's frequent flyer retro-crediting feature will help them keep tabs on their account balance easier than ever.

Star Alliance Lounge Access

Star Alliance Gold Status members can take advantage of access to any lounge that features a Star Alliance Gold sign located at the entrance. Members are permitted one guest. Currently, Star Alliance operates more than 1,000 lounges around the world.

Keep in mind that the best frequent flyer program for lounge access is one that you will actually use on a frequent basis.