Air travel can be a stressful experience, particularly at peak times, with the crowds at the airport. More stringent security checks have been put in place, which are necessary to ensure our safety, but these can lead to more queues meaning longer waiting times.
However, once you have cleared security, you can avoid the crowded retail areas by checking in to one of Brisbane Airport's VIP lounge facilities. There are a number of options but some depend on which airline you are flying with.
Plaza Premium Lounge
The Plaza Premium Lounge is located on level 4 of the international terminal between departures gates 81 and 82 and provides a comfortable environment in which to relax before your flight.
There are views of the airport's runways so you can watch the planes come and go as you enjoy the complimentary refreshments. The available newspapers and magazines will enable you to catch up with the news.
If you need to finish some work before flying, there are workstations with internet access, charging points for your mobile devices and free Wi-Fi.
The lounge is open from 05:00 to midnight and a two-hour package can be purchased for AU$60.00 or a five-hour package for AU$70.00. You can book in advance on their website.
- Air conditioning
- Hot and cold snacks
- Alcoholic drinks
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Newspapers and magazines
- Internet-connected workstations
- Free Wi-Fi
- Flight monitors
Connected to the lounge there is a Plaza Premium wellness spa where a team of professional therapists offers a range of relaxing massage treatments from AU$49.00. The spa is open from 08:00 to 20:00.
Some airlines have their own VIP lounges on level 4 of the international terminal. They provide excellent facilities, some including showers with towels and hairdryers available.
These lounges are only open to certain passengers, frequent flyers and eligible club members.
- Quantas International Lounge: For details of eligibility click here.
- Virgin Brisbane International Lounge: For details click here.
- Emirates Worldwide Lounge: Eligibility details here.
- Air New Zealand Koru Club International Lounge: Details here.
- Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge: Details here.
Domestic Terminal Lounges
Only Quantas and Virgin Australia have VIP Lounges in the domestic terminal for their passengers and eligible members.
However, some restaurants have benefits for the members of certain VIP lounge clubs. Bar Roma and the Graze Grill and Bar both offer discounts off the final bill for holders of Priority Pass, Lounge Key and Lounge Club cards.