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American Airlines' Flagship Lounge named best by readers

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Guests enjoy a champagne bar and restaurant in this winning lounge

Waiting at the airport becomes a whole lot better when you're in a luxe airport lounge, complete with comfortable seating, food, drinks and even showers to freshen up before your flight. These 10 lounges, nominated by a panel of frequent flier experts, are so good you'll pray for flight delays. 

  • Flagship Lounge - American Airlines

    Flagship Lounge - American Airlines
    John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York

    Passengers will find one of American Airline’s best Flagship Lounges at JFK in New York. Guests can dine at a bright and airy restaurant, help themselves to bubbly at a self-serve wine and champagne bar, plenty of seating options and eight spacious shower rooms for freshening up pre-flight. The Flagship Bridge, a separate area of the lounge, offers a la carte dining.
    Photo courtesy of American Airlines

  • First Class Lounge - Japan Airlines

    First Class Lounge - Japan Airlines
    Narita International Airport - Tokyo

    JAL’s First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita offers many of the perks you’d expect from a premium lounge – shower rooms, message chairs, free wifi – but the real standout is the hand-rolled sushi made right in front of guests at the lounge restaurant. Another perk is a shoe polishing desk run by British shoemaker John Lobb.
    Photo courtesy of Japan Airlines

  • Delta Sky Club

    Delta Sky Club
    John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York

    Delta Sky Club makes for a comfortable place to relax no matter which airport you’re waiting at, but the flagship lounge at JFK is a standout. Guests enjoy free wifi, plenty of power outlets for recharging devices, fresh food, premium drinks from THE BAR and a huge open seating area with floor-to-ceiling windows offering natural light. A highlight is the outdoor SkyDeck overlooking the Terminal 4 ramp.
    Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

  • International First Lounge - Qantas

    International First Lounge - Qantas
    Sydney Airport

    The Qantas First Lounge at the Sydney Airport ranks among the most aesthetically pleasing out there, with plenty of natural light and interesting architectural detail. Unique seating areas lend a feeling of privacy to the space, even when it’s crowded. Perks include a full business center, self-serve bar areas, a restaurant serving seasonal fare, spa and shower rooms.
    Photo courtesy of Qantas

  • KLM Crown Lounge

    KLM Crown Lounge
    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

    The recently renovated KLM Crown Lounge at the Amsterdam airport offers an expanded seating capacity of 1,500 guests. Highlights of the space include a new a la carte restaurant, an outdoor viewing deck, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in loads of natural light. The space also wins top marks for its decor, from vintage suitcases to the ceramic tiles used in the KLM safety video.
    Photo courtesy of KLM

  • The Pier - Cathay Pacific

    The Pier - Cathay Pacific
    Hong Kong International Airport

    The Pier at Hong Kong’s airport offers passengers access to eight Day Suites with views over the runway, fully stocked shower rooms, spa services, buffet and a la carte dining, six work suites with iMac computers and an inviting bar area. Open seating areas feel almost residential.
    Photo courtesy of Cathay Pacific

  • Clubhouse - Virgin Atlantic

    Clubhouse - Virgin Atlantic
    San Francisco International Airport

    Upper Class and Delta One members, as well as passengers with status on several partner airlines, enjoy upscale amenities at this premium lounge at SFO. The lounge is inspired by the city of San Francisco, offering views across the bay, complimentary West Coast-inspired food, local beer and California wine and free wifi throughout.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Nektar Productions, LLC

  • First Class Lounge - Emirates

    First Class Lounge - Emirates
    Dubai International Airport

    The Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai ranks among the most innovative in the world, as it feels more like an entire concourse – you can board your plane directly through the lounge. Guests also find duty free shops, a light buffet at nearly every gate, two sleeping rooms with day beds, a cigar bar, spa and a wine cellar with an on-staff sommelier.
    Photo courtesy of Emirates

  • First Class Terminal - Lufthansa

    First Class Terminal - Lufthansa
    Frankfurt Airport

    Lufthansa set the standard for first class terminals with its dedicated premium terminal at the Frankfurt Airport. The experience includes a personal assistant to whisk each passenger through security and manage check-in proceeders, a restaurant and bar with some 130 different whiskeys, a cigar lounge and plenty of spaces to relax, from easy chairs to office spaces.
    Photo courtesy of Lufthansa

  • The Private Room - Singapore Airlines

    The Private Room - Singapore Airlines
    Singapore Changi Airport - Singapore

    While you can’t go wrong with any of Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris lounges, The Private Room really stands out. This space for first class and suite passengers includes a sit-down dining area, private rooms for work or relaxation, shower rooms and a generally quieter atmosphere than the often busy SilverKris lounges.
    Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines

  • Flagship Lounge - American Airlines
  • First Class Lounge - Japan Airlines
  • Delta Sky Club
  • International First Lounge - Qantas
  • KLM Crown Lounge
  • The Pier - Cathay Pacific
  • Clubhouse - Virgin Atlantic
  • First Class Lounge - Emirates
  • First Class Terminal - Lufthansa
  • The Private Room - Singapore Airlines

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport Lounge are as follows:

  1. Flagship Lounge - American Airlines - John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York
  2. First Class Lounge - Japan Airlines - Narita International Airport - Tokyo
  3. Delta Sky Club - John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York
  4. International First Lounge - Qantas - Sydney Airport
  5. KLM Crown Lounge - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  6. The Pier - Cathay Pacific - Hong Kong International Airport
  7. Clubhouse - Virgin Atlantic - San Francisco International Airport
  8. First Class Lounge - Emirates - Dubai International Airport
  9. First Class Terminal - Lufthansa - Frankfurt Airport
  10. The Private Room - Singapore Airlines - Singapore Changi Airport - Singapore

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning airport lounges!

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