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Now that I’m a mom, I’m always looking for ways to make airline travel easier. So far, it’s been pretty stress free, but since my daughter will be walking soon, I think travel is about to become much more…interesting! Airline lounges can be a great way to escape and let your kids play until they’re expected to sit still for hours on a flight.
Getting access into lounges is easier than you might think…because sometimes all you need is a travel credit card!
The Best Airline Lounges for Families With Kids
- Atlanta (ATL) – Minute Suites
- Charlotte (CLT) – Minute Suites
- Dallas (DFW) – Centurion Lounge
- Dallas (DFW) – Minute Suites
- Houston (IAH) – Centurion
- Las Vegas (LAS) – Centurion
- Los Angeles (LAX) – American Airlines
- New York (JFK) – American Airlines
- New York (JFK) – Delta Skyclub
- Philadelphia (PHL) – Minute Suites
- Miami (MIA) – Centurion
- San Francisco (SFO) – Centurion
Though not a traditional lounge, these mini hotel rooms have a couch, desk, and TV. I received an exclusive tour of the new Minute Suites in Charlotte, and the large suite would be perfect for a small family. There’s no dedicated kids’ area, but you can make the floor a play area, and there’s also a desk with a TV.
The best part is that you can get free access with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® credit card’s Priority Pass membership benefit. I have this credit card and used this perk in Charlotte while I was waiting for my flight. Be sure to reserve your suite ahead of time if you know you have a long layover or want to get to the airport early.
Most Centurion Lounges have a kids’ play area. Centurion Lounges are some of the nicest lounges you’ll find domestically. Team member Harlan loves the real meals, craft beers and cocktails, and he says getting a little spa treatment is a fun perk! Access is free if you have the Platinum Card® from American Express, or the the Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.
Admission includes up to two guests or your immediate family. Other AMEX cardholders can also get in with a $50 1-day pass purchased at a lounge on the day of travel. Children under 18 are included.
American Airlines Lounges
Not all American Airlines lounges have kids’ play areas, but the lounges in Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) have great kids play areas. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® includes free access to Admirals Club lounges for you and access for guests traveling with you. I have this card and use it frequently when I travel. I love that you don’t have to be flying on American Airlines to use the lounge benefit.
What are your favorite airline lounges when you travel with you kids? Share it in the comments below!