Review: Best Priority Pass Lounges At Honolulu Airport (HNL)


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Honolulu Airport (HNL) is the main airport on Oahu which will give you access to Waiki ki as well as the gorgeous Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina which is one of the best Four Seasons on Hawaii. We review the best Priority Pass airport lounges in Honolulu. There are two Priority Pass lounges at Honolulu Airport, The Plumeria Lounge, and the IASS Hawaii Lounge. Both are fairly rubbish and definitely not the best lounges at Honolulu Airport as they are located in different terminals you will only have convenient access to one of these lounges.

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If you have not paid for Business Class or First Class, you can still access lounges at Honolulu airport for a fee or for free if you have a Priority Pass. Get an unlimited Priority Pass with the Amex Platinum card, or you can also access most Priority Pass lounges for free using the free American Express Gold with its two free Lounge Club passes. To get extra referral points and advice on these free-lounge-access cards and more, have a read of our best credit cards for luxury travel.

1. The Plumeria Lounge

Hawaiian Airlines manages two lounges at Honolulu International Airport. The Plumeria Lounge, located on the airport’s 3rd floor of Terminal 1 (the Inter-Island Terminal), is Hawaiian’s most upscale lounge and only accessible to passengers flying Business Class to one of Hawaiian’s international destinations, or holders of the unlimited Priority Pass can access this lounge for free. Although a pass is also available for purchase at the time of check-in, subject to seat availability.

If you are flying to Mainland USA in First, you will get access to Hawaiian’s Premier Club lounge which is reviewed below and is the inferior of the two airport lounges.

The look and feel of the two airport lounges are similar and neither is great. The Plumeria Lounge is reserved for Hawaiian’s long-haul premium class passengers. Thus, it is a step above the Premier Clubs at HNL, mainly because the food is better and there is a decent range of alcoholic drinks.

The food selection includes sandwiches, soup, and packaged snacks. The drinks included soft drinks, wine, coffee, and of course guava juice. The toilets are at the back of the lounge and there are no shower rooms. This is definitely one of the best Priority Pass lounges at Honolulu Airport.

2. IASS Hawaii Lounge

IASS Hawaii Lounge is located in Terminal 2, Airside, near Gates 14-23. There are two Priority Pass lounges at Honolulu Airport, The Plumeria Lounge, and the IASS Hawaii Lounge. This lounge is open from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, and from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.

This lounge has old fashioned tropical furnishings and cans of coke, coke light, guava, sprite, and bottles of water. There is also iced coffee and orange juice and a coffee machine for hot tea and coffee. There are no snacks and no lounge bathrooms. This really is a terrible lounge and if you get the opportunity, use The Plumeria Lounge instead, as it is a much better lounge.

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