This past year I have entered airport lounges London, Vancouver, Copenhagen and Stockholm using my Diners Club at these airports to access lounges for food and drink. When I am flying Oneworld Alliance flights like Air Berlin and British Airways, then I have access to those airline lounges with AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. When I tend to use my Diners Club card to gain access to an airport lounge tends to be on the 60 to 90 minute waits for short intra-Europe flights when I take any low cost carrier that will transport me between airports.
Stockholm ARN Airport Menzies Lounge
My $210 one way ticket from Oakland OAK to Amsterdam AMS with two flights on Norwegian Airlines deposited me at Stockholm Sweden’s ARN Airport. Arlanda ARN is the main international airport for Stockholm, Sweden. If you get into flying low cost carriers, then you learn about several other airports in the Stockholm region.
Norwegian had me on the ground for nearly five hours before my flight to Amsterdam. I sought out a lounge where my Diners Club card would gain entry.
American Express, Priority Pass and Diners Club are only a few of the many access cards to the Menzies Business Lounge ARN Terminal 5. There are two other lounges in Stockholm Arlanda ARN:
No Entry Until Three Hours Before Flight Departure
I was kind of shocked to arrive at the Menzies Business Lounge, whip out my Diners Club card, and then be told that the computer system is set to not allow lounge access until the boarding card flight departure time is within three hours. I had three hours and forty minutes before my flight. The woman at the counter was firm, telling me her system will not register my boarding pass until three hours before flight time. I went downstairs to the gate area and read more of the book I started on the transatlantic flight, A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan, brilliantly crafted and winner of 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Menzies Business Class Lounge Terminal 5 has two computer stations near the front door by the windows. This view is looking from dining room seating to reception desk by lounge main doors.
Bottled beer and beer on tap, wines, sodas, coffee, tea and liquor. Food was basic Swedish breads, sliced cheeses and brie, whole fruit, sliced ham and chicken (separate times).
A large magazine and newspaper stand is out of view in far room. The chairs in that section of the lounge are cushioned chairs. Bathrooms are also around corner with only one toilet for men and one toilet for women.
Menzies Business Lounge is located beside SAS/Star Alliance Lounge in Stockholm ARN Terminal 5. The SAS lounge looked more upscale from my view outside with loads more flyers inside.
My Diners Club airport lounge access benefit is one I appreciate. Check out if you have access to airport lounges with your credit cards. I find my Diner Club comes in handy for airport lounge food and drink when I am flying super discount economy airlines traveling around Europe.
Related Post: Flight Review: Norwegian Air OAK-ARN (Jan 26, 2016)