The Best Airport Lounges in the U.S. (and How You Can Get In) – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

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Standing in line at the TSA checkpoint and then schlepping your suitcase up and down the terminal in search of a Starbucks doesn’t exactly make for a glamorous way to travel. But airport lounges — both ones that belong to a single airline and those associated with a program like Priority Pass — offer a touch of luxury. Plus, the best airport lounges not only feel luxe, but make you feel like you spent a lot more than you did to gain access to their perks and amenities.
The New York Times reports that in addition to airport lounges exclusive to an airline, like the American Airlines Admirals Club or the United Club, you can visit lounges associated with one of your credit cards, like American Express’s Centurion Lounge network. You can visit lounges shared by airlines through groups like Star Alliance. You can also join independent lounges networks like The Club or Airspace Lounge, or even networks of lounge networks, such as The Global Lounge Collection. Dizzy yet?
Below, check out the very best airport lounges in the United States. You won’t want to miss this list — plus our best tips on  how you can get in to each of our favorite lounges, even without a first-class ticket.
Planning a layover at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Then you won’t want to miss your chance to check out the Alaska Airlines Board Room. GateGuru, reporting for the Travel Channel, reports that you can enjoy people watching without the crowds at the Board Room. (The two-floor lounge actually overlooks Concourse C!) You can also enjoy delicious food, like fresh pancakes prepared each morning. Plus, the lounge offers complimentary cocktails, beer, wine, and Starbucks coffee. The airline even offers a concierge service you can access right in the lounge.
How to get in: You can purchase a day pass for $45. Otherwise, you’ll need to purchase a membership to access the Board Room, and the other airport lounges operated by Alaska. Memberships start at $295.
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