Emirates Business & First Class Lounge Access Now Available For Cash In Dubai

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Emirates has quietly introduced paid access to its’ business and first class lounges in Dubai. Some members have received emails from Emirates offering lounge access for cash.

Emirates Business First Class Lounge Dubai Access By Cash

The cost to access the business class lounge is $100 per person and $200 for the first class one. Those that have access to business class lounge can pay $100 supplement and access first class one instead.

You can access Emirates web page for lounges here.

Note that the paid lounge access is not (at least yet) mentioned anywhere on Emirates website. The payment for the lounge access can be paid using a credit card. The paid lounge access is only available in Dubai (for now).

Things to note:

  • Only available when flying on Emirates or on Emirates codeshare flights operated by Qantas
  • Maximum stay is four hours per payment (not sure how they can enforce this)
  • Only available in Dubai

Here’s copy of the email that Emirates has sent out:

Emirates Business First Class Lounge Dubai Access By Cash Email

Conclusion

Would I pay $100 or $200 to access Emirates lounges in Dubai? I would say that it entirely depends of the duration of the transit and what services I would need.

Perhaps I could pay that $100 supplement for the first class lounge if the transit is long enough. Would I do that on every trip? Definitely not.

Emirates has started to monetize its’ service more (advance seating charges were introduced last year – read more here) and there must be more coming on our way.

I have visited both the business and first class lounges in Dubai numerous times. If only Emirates could ensure that there is a working WiFi….. I usually end up tethering on the cell phone network due to the lounge WiFi being completely useless.

Here are the terms and conditions of this paid lounge access program:

• Please note that if you are flying on an airline other than Emirates, or on Emirates Codeshare flights operated by any carrier other than Qantas, then your companion(s) will not be eligible for this lounge access.
• There is no change to the current entitlement for complimentary lounge access for any Emirates Skywards members.
• Emirates Skywards Platinum, Gold and Silver members can pay for additional lounge access beyond the complimentary benefit applicable to their membership tier. Blue tier members who would otherwise not be entitled to complimentary lounge access can purchase lounge access.
• Based on a member’s current tier entitlement, Platinum, Gold and Silver members may choose to pay for additional companion(s); Blue tier members may choose to pay for lounge access for themselves and their companion(s); Gold and Silver members may choose to pay and upgrade their complimentary Business Class lounge access benefit to the First Class lounge.
• This benefit is available only to members for themselves and any additional companion(s) they wish to bring along, provided their companion is also travelling onwards on the same Emirates flight; this benefit of paid lounge access is available only at Emirates Lounges at Dubai International Airport.
• DXB lounge access fees: First Class Lounges: USD 200; Business Class Lounges: USD 100; The Emirates Lounge: USD 100.
• Fees to upgrade from Business Class lounge to First Class lounge: USD 100.
• The fees are applicable for one-time access per adult for a maximum stay in the lounge of 4 hours only.
• Members choosing to pay for lounge access will have to ensure that payments for the entire duration until departure time are made to the lounge staff prior to admittance.
• Members (including their companions) exceeding a 4-hour stay in the lounge for any reason whatsoever (including without limitation flight disruptions and delays) shall incur an additional lounge entry fee for each 4-hour segment at the rates set out above.
• Paid lounge access per child aged below 12 years will be charged at half the adult rate set out above. Infants aged below 2 years will enjoy complimentary lounge access.
• Payments can be made at the respective lounge using a Credit/Debit card only (no cash payments or Miles redemption will be accepted).
• Refunds are not permitted once the lounge has been accessed, irrespective of the duration of access.
• The use of the lounge is subject to any applicable terms and conditions as determined by Emirates from time to time.

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  • Jason

    Thank you for writing about this disgraceful action. I fly through Dubai 2 or 3 times each month and the First class lounge is very spacious and there are not many guests which make it perfect to relax order a meal. However the shoe shine boy is very busy and waits of 20 mins is not unusual. With the flood of paid guests this is going to lead to longer delays waits for showers and even worse internet access. Although I have not visited the business lounge for more than a year this is a catastrophe for their guests already long wait times for showers and general overcrowding is common at busy times it may become a benefit that puts Emirates behind again. Really this is a stupid idea to give access to the First lounge and spoil one of the better lounges in the World.

    • Gaijinsan

      At $200, I don’t think you have to worry about too many people overcrowding the lounge. I’m sure a few will pay it but you’re not going to have to fend off every Ma & Pa Kettle transiting Dubai.

  • Jamo

    I’m not sure if I think this is a terrible idea. I don’t know if it will be used much and it is likely that economy passengers would only pay the $100 for the business lounge. I think it’s nice to have the option. It’s not such an alien idea as in the US most networks charge for lounge entry or require a membership. Some don’t even allow business or first passengers in with membership.

    I’m glad you mentioned the wi-fi John, I haven’t been through DXB for nearly 5 years now and prior to then, I was connecting there 4 or 5 times a year. This was my biggest source of frustration and at one stage I had an Etisalat dongle which a friend in Dubai was topping up for me. That’s how bad the wi-fi was. Tethering would have cost a stupid amount of money. I would have thought that by now they had resolved that but reading your post clearly not.

    • I was using my Google Project Fi that charges $10 per 1GB of data anywhere in the world where it works.

      • Jamo

        How fast was it?

  • Laslo

    The T&C (https://www.emirates.com/uk/english/skywards/about/membership-tiers/lounge-access-terms-and-conditions.aspx) states that “The fees are applicable for one-time access per adult for a maximum stay in the lounge of 4 hours only.” 🙁

    • but it continues: “Members (including their companions) exceeding a 4-hour stay in the lounge for any reason whatsoever (including without limitation flight disruptions and delays) shall incur an additional lounge entry fee for each 4-hour segment at the rates set out above.”