You can now purchase access to the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai!

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In what may be a sign of things to come with other airlines, Emirates Skywards members can now pay to access the impressive Business and First Class Lounges at Dubai International Airport regardless of the class they are travelling in.

The A380 pier at Dubai’s Terminal 3 which we covered here briefly, is technically three separate floors for Economy, Business and First Class passengers.

Each of these floors has got their own duty free shops, restaurants and bars of which the latter two are complimentary on the Business and First Class floors.  Rob will be in the First Class lounge / floor in a few weeks and will be writing a review.

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For a fee Skywards members can now access the Business and/or First Class Lounge even when flying Economy.

  • Skywards Blue members can pay $100 to access the Business Class Lounge or $200 for the First Class Lounge
  • Skywards Silver and Gold members can bring guests who are on the same flight to the Business Class Lounge for $100 or the First Class Lounge for $200
  • Upgrade from Business Class Lounge to First Class Lounge costs $100

Children aged 2-12 get a 50% discount.

These prices are obviously not a bargain and it’s questionable whether an upgrade from Business to First Class is worth $100.  On the other hand, the food and drink on offer is meant to be impressive and it is no more than you would pay for a decent three course meal with champagne and fine wine in a restaurant.

If you are flying Economy and want to treat yourself to a unique lounge experience whilst waiting for your flight, $100 is not a bad price.  If you were planning to have a meal in the main terminal you would easily spend a fair proportion of this cost anyway, and you get the added benefit of getting a huge space in which to relax for up to four hours.

The terms and conditions of the deal can be found here and you can read more about the lounges here.

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  1. I used the Emirates First lounge when flying back from Melbourne in QF First – it’s certainly nice (I had breakfast and a shower then a drink at the gate, not at all interesting in the shopping), but I wouldn’t be rushing to spend $100 upgrade or $200 upgrade for sure!

  2. Can you imagine a someone from economy actually paying the $200 upgrade fee and then wanting to get value for it ?

    As they have to go back to the cheap seats and poor food once back on the plane then they would surely gorge themselves on everything to get maximum value.

    Not sure I like this idea but in any case, if you know where you are going, you can walk into the EY lounge in AUH without anyone stopping you.

  3. My girlfriend went to the business class lounge over the weekend and tried to purchase an entry. She was told that because her next flight was in 7 hours she had to pay 200 USD as the 100USD rate is for 4 hours instalment only. This seems, however, to run contrary to the terms and conditions which specify that the additional charge is due only if the guest remains in the lounge beyond the initial 4 hours, rather than at the time of entry. I guess they have no capacity to check the length of stay at the lounge at the time of exit, but this makes the costly entrance fee even less appealing.

  4. Steve Gill says:

    I was in the DXB lounge 2 weeks ago. It is busy, but my biggest gripe is the toilets are tiny – far too small for the number of people the lounge can hold.

    There was a queue about 6 or 7 people deep, which to me is unacceptable in a business lounge.

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