Lounges at any airport are a great place to escape the hectic and stressful areas of the main terminal. You will usually find a complimentary selection of food and drink, (sometimes including alcohol), access to WiFi, meeting rooms, some even have relaxing spa treatment and showers.
Lounges run by airlines, tend to be exlusive to their own passengers flying in Business/First Class, or hold the top tier of their frequent flyer loyalty programmes. Independant lounges however are normally open to anyone regardless of airline or class of ticket. These lounges will charge a fee for entry, or you might gain access through a complimntary service such as Priority Pass. In latter years, these independant lounges have become very popular as more travellers realise they can gain entry for a fee. As a consequence they can become very busy at peak travel times and it is therefore worth pre-booking.
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There are three airport lounges at Birmingham Airport:
Access to the Emirates VIP lounge is by invitation only. Passengers will need to be First Class travellers, Business Class travellers or Skywards Gold members.
Location: Airside, between Gates 40-68
The No. 1 Lounge can be accessed for a fee, or via complimentary programes. They have lounges at a number of UK airports and have been recognised in leading travel press such as Conde Nast Traveller and Telegraph Travel.
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Hours: 4:30am - 9:00pm daily
Cost: Adults - £32.50, Children - £20
Location: Airside, between Next and WHSmith
The Aspire Lounge is operated by Swissport and is open to any class of passenger.
Hours: 4:30am - 8:30pm daily
Cost: Adults - From £21.99, Children - From £16.99
Location: Airside, Follow signs for Gates 1-20 and on the lounge is immediately on the right hand side.
Read my thoughts on whether independant airport lounges are worth the entry cost.
ICE (International Currency Exchange) opperate a number of booths at the airport. Three before security, one after and a further one at baggage reclaim. Whilst these may offer good convenience, especially if you've forgotten to get your foreign currency, they rarely offer the best exchange rates.
Assistance for those travellers with special needs is offered throughout the airport and is operated by OCS Ltd.
To help keep the little flyers entertained whilst waiting to board, BHX has two Kids Zones located at Gate 3 in the South Lounge and one by Gate 54 in the North Lounge
If you've made it back, but your luggage didn't, you'll want to check in with Lost Property. For baggage issues contact Arvin Aviation 0121 767 7771 or www.arvinaviation.com. For other items you might have misplaced on the plane or in the airport, you can search the airports database at www.airport-lostproperty.com