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Travel Tip: Where to Find Comfort When Your Flight Is Delayed

Flight delays are out of your control, but finding comfort while waiting could be in your hands. Depending on the length of your layover or delay and the time of day it occurs, you might consider becoming a VIP. It's not uncommon for airlines to sell one-day passes to their VIP lounges, where you'll find a more comfortable atmosphere than the bustling gates, Internet access, and refreshments.

The passes aren't exactly cheap — Delta charges $50 for a one-day pass — but the cost could end up being completely worth it depending on the status of your flight. Keep this option in mind when you're traveling during particularly busy times like Thanksgiving, when weather and flight schedules can be more unpredictable than usual.

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
I was actually going to comment on that, skigurl - I think $50 could be totally worth it if you have a long layover (for me, it'd be more than 2 hours after locating my gate) and it comes with complimentary food or a couple of drinks.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
The VIP/Presidents lounges are awesome.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
it's more comfy and they give you free food, so it could end up being worth it (at least for your sanity)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Delta's Crown Room is a lot more comfortable and quiet than the rest of the airport, and the snacks and drinks are great. I'm not sure it's worth $50/person, unless you know for sure that you're going to be trapped in the airport for a long time. I think some of them have showers, so that could be a nice refresher.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
My husband and I had a 4 hour layover when we were on our way to Europe this summer. I am a member of Continental's One Pass program (it's free), so every year they give you 2 complimentary President's Club lounge passes. Luckily I had saved those and we used them then. It was definitely a blessing and MUCH more comfortable than the bustling gate, but I don't know that I would shell out that kind of money to do it on a regular basis.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
another reason I take Amtrak
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