WHILE an airport lounge may not be top of your list of things to pay for before your flight, it could actually end up saving you money.
A recent study found that Brits spend so much on food and booze before flying, that a lounge actually works out to be cheaper.
According to from Holiday Extras, a family of four spends an average of £100 on pre-flight snacks and meals.
Travellers are spending around £26.30 each before their flight, up by a fiver pre-pandemic, with food and snacks being the top thing to buy.
However, some lounges start from just £15 per person, while kids start from just £9.
This works out to just £48 for a family of four – more than half the cost.
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Lounges offer food and drink, as well as quieter seating, magazines and charging points, while even more expensive lounges, which start around £26, can include showers and pods too.
Elizabeth Hogg, Chief Operating Officer at Holiday Extras explained: "Our latest research suggests that not booking an airport lounge before you fly could actually be a false economy."
Many of the lounges are also open for long hours, some of which are from 4am until 11pm so you can grab some things if the rest of the shops are shut.
There are some ways to even get free lounge access at the airport.
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The American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card includes two free passes with Lounge Club, which has up to 700 lounges available.
And Brits who book four or five-star holidays with On The Beach will also receive free access to an airport lounge.
Here are the best airport lounges in the world – which include whiskey tasting at a distillery and sunbathing on a rooftop pool.
A previous study found the The No1 lounge at Gatwick's south terminal was the best airport lounge in the UK.
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And there is a fancy private lounge in Manchester with chauffeur-driven transports and chef-cooked meals even for economy travellers.
Or, head to Gatwick North as EasyJet has opened its first lounge The Gateway, starting from £18.50.
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