Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Lounges (The Complete Guide)

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Aspire Lounge 41 (non-Schengen) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

Amsterdam Schiphol (IATA code: AMS) is a major European airport hub. In this guide we will review every airport lounge available at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. There are currently 7 Amsterdam airport lounges plus a private VIP lounge facility and an international rail lounge.

We will also overview all shower facilities to be found at Amsterdam Schiphol.

So if you are looking for a lounge from a major airline/alliance or a paid-for-entry airport lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol then please read on…

The access rules for each Schiphol lounge is explained and lounges are also marked by alliance and whether entrance is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass program. Click here for a special 10% discount on annual Priority Pass membership which provides unlimited access to 2 Schiphol lounges as well as 950 other lounges worldwide.

Note that Schiphol has a slightly confusing number notation system when it comes to lounges. “Lounge 1/2/3/4” actually refers to each of the 4 main public departure lounge areas. The airline lounges have a dedicated (and seemingly random) number assigned to them – such as 25, 26, 40, 41 and 52! See the official Schiphol site for terminal maps.

Airline Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol

Aspire Lounges (2) [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] [STAR ALLIANCE] – Swissport runs 2 ‘Aspire’ branded lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol. There is Lounge 41 (non-Schengen, main picture at the top of page) which is found on the second upper level of the Lounge 2 departure area near the E Gates. Lounge 26 (Schengen, pictured below) is on the upper level between Lounges 1 and 2, near the D gates. Both lounges offer seating and business areas plus drinks and light snacks. Lounge 41 also has shower facilities for an extra fee (€20). Lounges can get very busy at peak hours. Opening hours are 0600-2330 (41) and 0530-2130 (26) daily.

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Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

How to access Aspire lounge Amsterdam Schiphol:
• Paid entry, from £20/€25 for a 3 hour stay. You can book Aspire Lounge 41 (NON-Schengen) here or book the Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) here
• Priority Pass/Diners Club holders.
• Elite or business/first class passengers of Adria Airways/Aegean/Aeroflot/Air Astana/Air Baltic/Air Lituanica/Air Malta/American Airlines/Arke/Aurstian Airlines/Bulgaria Air/Croatia Airlines/Egyptair/El Al/Emirates/Estonian Air/EVA Air/Finnair/Flybe/Garuda/Icelandair/Iran Air/LOT Polish/Lufthansa/Malaysia Airlines/Qatar Airways/Royal Air Maroc/Royal Jordanian/SAS/Singapore Airlines/Surinam Airways/Swiss/TAP/Turkish Airlines/United Airlines
• Note, most of the Star Alliance airlines use these lounges; Singapore Airlines has a separated section within Lounge 41.
• ABN Amro Preferred Banking clients (temporary)

How To Get a Free Airline Upgrade

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A free airline upgrade to business class or first class is the holy grail for many travellers. We would all like to buy a dirt-cheap discount economy ticket and then get ourselves upgraded or ‘bumped up’ into a premium class. After all, who doesn’t want the free airport lounge access, flat seats and superior VIP service both on board and on the ground.

Now free airline upgrades happen to be a rather emotive subject for a number of reasons:

  • Airline classes have a top-down hierarchical structure with the masses mainly flying in economy (coach) class.
  • Economy class is generally cramped and uncomfortable, particularly on long flights.
  • Business class and first class airfares often sell at a significant premium to economy fares. The average flyer will happily pay £450/$600 for a coach seat on an international long-haul flight but would certainly not pay £2,200/$2,900 for a business class seat. That’s happens to be a fare ratio of almost 5:1.
  • A free upgrade to the more comfortable business class cabin is perceived as very valuable to an economy passenger.
  • However the actual cost to the airline to upgrade an economy passenger to an empty seat in business or first class is marginal, perhaps $50-$100 more – hence the reason that free airline upgrades can often happen.
  • With millions of passengers flying worldwide in different classes it is inevitable that airlines will sometimes have to upgrade passengers to a higher class.

Whilst the free airline upgrade is sought-after, the reality these days is that it rarely happens to the “average” passenger. Such operational upgrades (or “op-ups”) are mainly the result of overbooked cabins. These upgrades are often already decided automatically by computer algorithms well before the flight.

But first, let’s take a closer look at the mechanics of an operational upgrade process.

Let’s Play Musical Chairs (Airline Style)

Airlines routinely oversell seats on flights in order to maximise revenue and increase load factors. This causes some consternation amongst the travelling public however it does probably help keep airfares a little lower.

Most airlines use yield management software which calculates the predicted number of no-shows on a specific route at a certain time and date. In other words, it works out how many tickets they can oversell on a flight.

On occasion the airline miscalculates. Every so often there will be too many passengers turning up at the airport and not enough available seats on the flight.

For example, consider an aircraft with a seating configuration of 127-39-42-8 in economy, premium economy, business and first class, respectively.

Metro Map of Olympic Games Cities

This metro-style map shows the host cities of the Olympic summer Games in chronological order from 1896 to 2020. A journey from Athens to Rio and Tokyo taking in all 23 Olympic cities. We have designed the map route in an elegant elliptical form to account for Athens, Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo all holding the games twice and London 3 times.

olympic games cities metro mapClick here for the file location (910×767, 62KB) of the Metro Map of Olympic Games Cities. [Note, you may publish the map elsewhere as long as you use an attribution link to or this current page.]

We have grouped the Games into 4 colour-coded time periods to make it easier to follow on the map. These are the same colours that are used in the Olympic rings.

Pre-WW1 Olympic Games

Yellow marks the first 5 Games held before the start of World War 1 in 1914:

1896 Athens
1900 Paris
1904 St Louis
1908 London
1912 Stockholm

Pre-WW2 Olympic Games

Blue marks the 5 Games between the end of World War 1 in 1918 and the start of World War 2 in 1939:

1920 Antwerp
1924 Paris
1928 Amsterdam
1932 Los Angeles
1936 Berlin

Note that no Games were held in 1916, 1940 and 1944 – these were scheduled to be hosted by Berlin, Tokyo and London respectively, but had to be cancelled due to hostilities.

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Post-WW2 Cold War Olympic Games

Green marks the post-War Games held during the era of the Iron Curtain and Cold War – up to fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Things came to a head between the Soviet Union and USA in Moscow 1980 and in Los Angeles 1984 when they boycotted each other’s Games.

1948 London
1952 Helsinki
1956 Melbourne
1960 Rome
1964 Tokyo
1968 Mexico City
1972 Munich
1976 Montreal
1980 Moscow
1984 Los Angeles
1988 Seoul

Modern Olympic Games

Gatwick Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide (8 Lounges)

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In this London Gatwick airport lounges guide we will review every single lounge available to passengers at the airport – from airline and alliance lounges to independent paid-for entry lounges.

London Gatwick airport (IATA code: LGW) has 2 terminals – North and South – and is the second of London’s airports after Heathrow. It is in fact the busiest single runway airport in the world. Located some 45 km (28 miles) south of London, it is served by around 45 airlines on mainly leisure flight routes.

Now, there are currently 8 airport lounges at Gatwick but with some major reconfiguration of lounges coming in 2017. This is due to plans for the 3 main airlines at Gatwick (Easyjet, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic) to each shift terminals.

Gatwick North Terminal – Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic will be operating all flights from the North terminal by January 2017. (Easyjet currently operates from both terminals; Virgin from the South terminal). Other airlines at North terminal include Emirates, Icelandair, Thomson and Westjet.

Gatwick South Terminal – All British Airways flights will operate from the larger South terminal by January 2017. (BA is currently based at the North terminal). Other airlines at South terminal include Aer Lingus, Air Europa, Air Transat, Monarch, Norwegian, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air and WOW Air.

We’ll explain the access rules for each Gatwick lounge. Lounges are marked by alliance and whether entry is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass program. Click here for a special 10% discount on annual Priority Pass membership which provides unlimited access to 4 Gatwick lounges as well as 950 other airport lounges worldwide.

Gatwick North Terminal Lounges

No.1 Lounge North Terminal [PAID][PRIORITY PASS] – An independent lounge from No.1 Traveller Group, one of its 4 Gatwick airport lounges. It also operates lounges at other UK airports. The Gatwick North No1 lounge is reasonably spacious at 930m². It features comfy seating areas, a fully-tended island bar, bistro (one menu option is free), family room, library and free WiFi. Located after security, turn left and follow signs for the “Lounges”. Guests pay from £28 for a 3 hour stay (£35 at the door), free entry (capacity permitting) for Priority Pass holders. Open daily 0400-2200. You can book the No.1 Traveller North Lounge here. [Note, No1 Traveller lounge at Gatwick North is temporarily experiencing heavier guest volumes due to the closure of British Airways lounges.]