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Star Alliance Expands Paid Access to Rio De Janeiro Airport Lounge

Star Alliance has expanded paid lounge access to their lounge at Rio De Janeiro Airport (GIG). In addition to complimentary access for Star Alliance Gold customers and eligible passengers, the lounge will now welcome all Star Alliance passengers for a nominal fee.

Star Allaince Opens Rio De Janeiro Lounge to Paid Access for all Customers Traveling on Star Alliance Member Airlines - Courtesy Star Alliance

On Thursday (August 25, 2022), Star Alliance announced an expansion of their paid lounge access service to include the modern, soulful lounge at Rio De Janeiro Airport (GIG). In addition to the usual complimentary access for Star Alliance Gold customers and guests traveling in eligible cabin classes on member airlines, the lounge will now welcome all other Star Alliance passengers regardless of membership status or cabin class for a nominal fee. For travelers who already have access, they can now purchase access vouchers for family, friends or traveling partners.

In Thursday’s announcement, Star Alliance’s Vice President – Customer Experience, Christian Draeger, said,

“At Star Alliance we are always looking to see how we can do more to offer passengers a seamless, great experience. Adding Rio De Janeiro as the third Star Alliance lounge to offer paid access is in line with this. Now, more passengers can relax and indulge in this beautiful space before a flight. Online pre-booking also makes the process very easy, so passengers can plan in advance and head to the lounge without any worries. We welcome more passengers to our Star Alliance lounge in Rio, and will explore expanding paid access to more of our lounges in the future.”

Rio De Janeiro is the third of Star Alliance’s six branded lounges to offer paid access, joining the lounges at Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Star Alliance’s Rio lounge is located on level 3 of the new international departures pier. The lounge offers stunning views of famous landmarks such as Rio’s downtown area, the Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the majestic Christ the Redeemer statue. With a capacity for 150 guests, the Rio lounge’s interiors reflect the rich architectural heritage of Rio, complemented by impressive handmade Brazilian furniture pieces from local designers. Visitors will also enjoy refreshemnets inspired by hearty local flavors.

Passengers can pre-book and purchase lounge access vouchers on Star Alliance’s website, subject to availability, and will receive a confirmation e-mail with a QR code valid for the scheduled date and time selected. Once at the airport, they simply scan the QR code at the lounge entrance and walk in. Vouchers are available for all guests traveling on Star Alliance member airlines for US $55.00 for three hours of access. Passengers who are also members of a Star Alliance partner airline’s frequent flyer program will also enjoy a discount.

Founded in 1997, the Star Alliance network is comprised of 26 member airlines including AEGEAN Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. The Star Alliance network currently offers over 10,000 daily flights to nearly 1,200 airports in 184 countries. Additional destinations are available via Star Alliance Connecting Partners Juneyao Airlines and THAI Smile Airways.

Source: Star Alliance


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