Cathay Pacific has joined a handful of other airlines that have begun offering travellers the ability to pay to access its airport lounges. Passengers are now able to pay a HK$600 (US$75) fee per visit using their credit card to enter its facilities in Manila, Melbourne and Vancouver.
A relatively small number of airlines currently allow passengers to pay in order to access their lounges. Emirates, for instance, introduced the practice last year for its lounges in Dubai, before expanding this to its facilities in London Heathrow and Gatwick later in the year.
Currently the offer only extends to three lounges: Manila Cathay Pacific Lounge near Gate 114 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport; Melbourne Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 2; and Vancouver Cathay Pacific Lounge by Gate D67 at Vancouver International Airport.
Business Traveller reviewed Cathay Pacific’s lounge in Manila earlier this year.
The pay-to-enter option also won’t be permanent, with the promotion currently running until March 31, 2019.
In order to be eligible, passengers must have a valid booking on a Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon-operated flight on the day of travel. The promotion is also open to travel companions, friends or family members – the HK$600 fee is per person – and isn’t restricted to the member’s Redemption Group.
There do also appear to be some restrictions on the types of credit cards that can be used to purchase access at these lounges, though according to Cathay Pacific’s website travellers must check with lounge staff at the time of payment in order to clarify whether they are eligible.
In addition, the page containing the offer does not appear to be accessible to Green tier members of the Marco Polo programme, so perhaps at present it is being limited in availability.