Ultimate Guide to Airport Lounges in Singapore

This is our ultimate guide to airport lounges in Singapore! We’ll talk about the different ways you can access them, and the full list of available airport lounges in Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Have you always thought that airport lounges are out of reach? That they are only for the wealthy and people travelling on business or first-class flights? Well, you’re not wrong.

But there are also other ways one can get access to them without spending a lot of money. In many cases, you might even save money on your travels by visiting airport lounges instead.

What are Airport Lounges

Airport lounges are pockets of spaces in the airport where guests can rest before their flights (and occasionally after). These are great places to escape the hustle and bustle of air travel.

Many airport lounges provide complimentary buffet spreads and shower rooms. Some even provide premium alcoholic beverages that can greatly improve your overall flight experience.

These lounges can come in clutch, especially on long flights or transits. Taking a warm shower after a 12-hour flight is an indescribable experience.

What can I expect in Airport Lounges

The quality of airport lounges differs greatly across different lounges. Based on our experiences, here are some common amenities that you can expect in many lounges around the world.

Free Flow Buffet

Buffet options in Asiana Business Lounge
SilverKris Lounge Changi Airport Terminal 3

Complimentary Alcohol

SATS Premier Lounge Singapore Changi Terminal 1
ANA Business Class Lounge

Shower Rooms

Comfortable Rest Areas

Blossom Lounge Changi Terminal 4
Blossom Lounge Singapore Changi Terminal 4

How do I access Airport Lounges?

Fly Premium Cabins

The most straightforward way to access Airport Lounges for free is by flying in either Business Class or First Class cabins. It doesn’t matter if you paid cash or redeem your ticket. If you have a flight ticket, you’ll have access to the lounge. This policy applies to most major airlines around the world.

Premium Cabin lounges are often different from other airport lounges. For example, if you’re flying on Singapore Airlines or any Star Alliance Airline flight out of Singapore’s Changi Airport, you’ll be able to access the SilverKris Lounges located in Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

Entrance to the SilverKris Lounge Terminal 3
SilverKris Lounge Changi Terminal 3

It is common for premium cabin lounges to be better than other airport lounges in terms of their amenities and service (but not always).

However, this is likely the most expensive way to access airport lounges. It usually costs a lot, either in cash or points, to get access to premium cabins.

Frequent Flyer Elite Status

Another common way to get airport lounge access is if you have frequent flyer elite status.

In the case of the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program, that’s the KrisFlyer Gold status. With that status, you’ll have access to all Star Alliance Gold Lounges around the world whenever you fly with Star Alliance Airlines. This is regardless of the class of cabin you’re flying in.

KrisFlyer Gold Lounge
KrisFlyer Gold Lounge Changi Terminal 3

This works similarly to other airline alliances like One World or Sky Team.

In Singapore’s Changi Airport, we have the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge. In my opinion, it was a better experience than its neighbouring SilverKris lounge as there were a lot fewer guests during my visit.

Pay Per Entry

Many airport lounges around the world allow pay-per-entry. There are entrance fees for each person who uses the lounge. We typically see the prices for these lounges range from US$20 to US$75 per person.

In our opinion, although the lounges are nice, they are not worth the exorbitant prices asked of guests. For the price, you could get a much nicer meal in an airport restaurant nearby.

Sign up for Lounge Memberships

If you’re a traveller who flies economy frequently, you can consider getting a lounge membership. These are memberships that grant you access to thousands of lounges around the world.

The 3 main lounge memberships are Priority Pass, DragonPass and LoungeKey.

Each of them features various subscription packages, and each package has a slightly different offering. They mainly differ in the number of included visits to lounges per subscription year.

Depending on your travel patterns, this can be quite a cost-effective way to get access to airport lounges as compared to paying per entry.

Sign up for Credit Cards

Saving the best for the last, our favourite method of getting into Airport Lounges is by signing up for credit cards.

Many credit cards provide complimentary lounge access just by virtue of owning the card. The access is usually provided through a lounge membership like Priority Pass, LoungeKey or DragonPass. This means that you can access any of the 1000+ lounges around the world that are part of the network.

Food options at Plaza Premium Taipei
Food options at Plaza Premium Taipei

On top of complimentary lounge access for yourself, some cards like the American Express Platinum Charge Card or the Citi Prestige Card even allow you to bring 1 guest into the lounge when he/she is flying with you.

Here is a list of our favourite credit cards to get complimentary airport lounge access.

Airport Lounges in Singapore

Singapore’s Changi Airport is an airport lounge Mecca. There are a total of 24 lounges spread across its 4 passenger terminals and Jewel Changi. You’ll not be short of lounge options when you’re flying out of the city.

SATS Premier Lounge Terminal 1
SATS Premier Lounge Terminal 1

Below is a full list of the airport lounges in the city. We’ve also provided some possible access methods into the lounge, it is not exhaustive. This information is correct at the time of writing.

Terminal 1

Airport LoungePopular Access MethodsReviews
SATS Premier Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– LoungeKey
Review
Marhaba Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– LoungeKey
Plaza Premium Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– LoungeKey
Review
The Emirates Lounge– Emirates Premium Cabin
Qatar Airways Premium Lounge– oneworld Premium Cabin ticket
Qantas First Class Lounge– Qantas Platinum One member
– Qantas First Class ticket
– Emirates First Class ticket
The Qantas Singapore Lounge– Qantas Platinum One, Platinum, Gold, Club member
– Qantas Club Annual Guest
– Qantas Premium Cabin ticket
– Emirates Premium Cabin ticket
– Jetstar Business Max Fare
British Airways Singapore Lounge and Concorde Bar– oneworld Premium Cabin
– British Airways Executive Club Silver, Gold members
– oneworld Emerald, Sapphire members

Terminal 2

Airport LoungePopular Access MethodsReviews
Ambassador Transit Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– LoungeKey
SATS Premier Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– LoungeKey
Connect At Changi Airport– Priority Pass
SilverKris Business Class Lounge– Singapore Airlines Premium Cabin ticket
– Star Alliance Premium Cabin ticket
Review
KrisFlyer Gold Lounge– Star Alliance Gold MembersReview

Terminal 3

Airport LoungePopular Access MethodsReviews
SATS Premier Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– Lounge Key
Review
Ambassador Transit Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– Lounge Key
Marhaba Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– Lounge Key
DBS Asia Treasures Lounge– DBS Treasures Private
– DBS Private Bank
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge– Singapore Airlines Premium Cabin ticket
– Star Alliance Premium Cabin ticket
Review
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge– Star Alliance Gold MembersReview

Terminal 4

Airport LoungePopular Access MethodsReviews
Blossom Lounge– Priority Pass
– Dragon Pass
– Lounge Key
Review
Cathay Pacific Lounge– oneworld Premium Cabin ticket

Jewel

Airport LoungePopular Access MethodsReviews
Changi LoungePriority Pass, LoungeKey, DragonPassReview

Conclusion

Even if you’re someone who takes 1-2 trips out of the city every year, having lounge access will greatly elevate your travel experience. The airport will no longer just be a place where you visit to take your flight. You’ll want to reach earlier to enjoy everything that the lounges can offer.

Not only that, many times you can even save money by having full meals at these lounges instead of expensive airport restaurants.

This is especially so in Singapore, where there are great lounge options in every terminal. In our experience, their quality is also generally much higher than in other countries.

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