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Star Alliance Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol Now Offers Paid Access

The lounge is now open to all Star Alliance members' passengers, but slots must be booked in advance online

by Lauren Smith

February 8, 2023

Photo: The new Star Alliance lounge at Amsterdam AMS airport. Courtesy of Star Alliance.

For a fee of €50 ($53), all Star Alliance passengers can now access the group’s branded lounge at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS), regardless of membership status or cabin class.

The Star Alliance lounge at Schiphol remains free for Star Alliance Gold members and passengers in business and first class. But other ticket holders with Star Alliance members—14 of which operate at Schiphol – can pay for three hours’ use of the lounge.

The lounge offers seating for 150 guests, with personal work booths, a communal work table, a bar, and dining and relaxation areas. Its design pays homage to the area’s skies and landscapes with Dutch furniture and art. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the lounge.

However, with limited seating, paying guests must book ahead on the Star Alliance website. Subject to availability, they’ll receive a confirmation email with a QR code valid for their time slot, which they can scan at the lounge entrance.

The ticket price is €50, but members of Star Alliance member carrier frequent flyer programs will get a discount. The price is subject to change.

The lounge, which opens daily between 5:30 AM and 9 PM, is located in Departures Hall 2, after the security clearance for Schengen Area departures. It’s easily accessible for guests traveling to and from European destinations within the area and, therefore, a favorite of business travelers and short-haul vacationers.

The Schiphol lounge is the fifth of six Star Alliance lounges to offer pay-as-you-go (PAYG) access and joins those at Rome–Fiumicino International Airport (FCO), Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG), Buenos Aires’s Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Only the Star Alliance lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) doesn’t have paid access.

Christian Draeger, vice president of customer experience at Star Alliance, said: “We are pleased to announce that our Amsterdam lounge has become the latest Star Alliance-branded lounge to offer pay-per-use entry. With this, all passengers passing through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Star Alliance carriers can relax in our stylish, well-appointed lounge, regardless of cabin class or membership status.

“The lounge is especially convenient for passengers traveling within the Schengen zone who want to kick back and enjoy a meal or get some work done comfortably before they board their flight.”

Photo: Courtesy of Star Alliance

Star Alliance carriers operating at Schiphol include Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, Egyptair, Croatia Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines.

The Star Alliance is bucking trends by opening up its lounges to more passengers. Combating post-Covid overcrowding, many airlines toughened their door policies at their proprietary lounges. Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, and Delta have all introduced measures to make their lounges more exclusive, prioritizing those with higher status in their membership programs, business class tickets, or on long-haul flights.