I have often wondered what the attraction of airline lounges are that make people pay more to access them. This may be through buying lounge passes, Priority Pass, Qantas Club, doing status runs, choosing a more expensive airline, etc. I get that there are a handful of really nice lounges but for the most part I don’t think that the travel experience would be that much different if lounges didn’t exist. You can usually find a quiet unused terminal gate to wait in. Food & beverage options are almost always better at the retail outlets. The conclusion I have come up with is that access to a lounge gives you that warm and special feeling inside knowing that you can get in while most people can’t. Never mind that sometimes there are 500 other people in the lounge with you but as long as you are one of those 500 people then you still feel special. I sometimes also think that it is the passengers themselves that have built up lounges to be better than they are and are doing the marketing work for the airline. I am just wondering how people justify spending that extra money just to get lounge access.