You’ve got a two-hour wait before your plane leaves St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Is it worth $38 to spend that time in a nice lounge with free food and drinks, a coffee bar, restrooms, high-speed wi-fi and portable charging stations?
The lounge is a place for people to “escape the bustle of the airport and unwind prior to their flights,” Airport Terminal Services President Sally Leible stated in a press release. That company owns and operates Wingtips.
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But Wingtips is the first “common-use” lounge at the airport. People need not be customers of a particular airline to come in and hang out.
The price of a single-use pass is $38. People can buy memberships that cost $75 for two visits a year with discounted single-use passes thereafter and guest passes; $250 for 10 visits or $500 for unlimited visits. Corporate packages also are available.
“(A common-use lounge) has been one of our highest requested amenities from passengers,” said Jeff Lea, Lambert’s public information manager.
It’s a great way to show our employees that we care about them when they’re away.
Tom Etling on getting a Wingtips corporate membership
CEO Tom Etling went with the $500 membership to start. He considers it a perk for his 16 employees, who can use the lounge when they’re traveling out of town for business or going on vacation with their families.
“It’s a great way to show our employees that we care about them when they’re away,” he said.
Food-wise, the lounge has a free buffet, including hot options for breakfast and dinner, and snacks throughout the day. There’s a coffee bar, and complimentary house beers and wines for those over 21. People can purchase premium cocktails.
Etling, 46, of St. Louis, went to a sneak-peek event Thursday at Wingtips and liked the comfy, quiet, modern atmosphere. Seating is available at the bar or tables or along a wall of windows.
“It’s just a nice, serene place where you can relax, get some work done and get something to eat,” Etling said.
Airport Terminal Services is a St. Louis-based company that also provides aircraft fueling, de-icing and cabin cleaning and passenger ticketing and baggage services at 50 airport terminals in the United States and Canada.