LoungeBuddy is one of the best apps for frequent travelers. It combines a detailed, global database on airport lounges with pictures, reviews, and a nifty feature that automatically tells you if you get in for free using your elite status or a special credit card. The app even works offline if you prefer to avoid roaming charges when you travel.
However, LoungeBuddy ultimately succeeds on the strength of its crowdsourced information. Though the developers can usually get raw details on location, hours, and amenities, it is the photographs and reviews that make it so useful. Do you really want to trek 10 minutes from your seat by the gate? Maybe that picture of the pancake machine will convince you. 😉
Through January 15, 2016, you can add your pictures or reviews to the LoungeBuddy app and win free lounge access, faster airport security, or a charitable donation on your behalf. There are over $7,000 in prizes available.
How to Enter
- The basic goal is to earn the most points by contributing new reviews or pictures to the LoungeBuddy database.
- Each photo or review earns 10 points. You can contribute a total of 1 review and 9 pictures to each lounge for a total of 100 points.
- You can review and share pictures of additional lounges to earn more points.
The five people with the most points will earn the grand prize. The next 10 will win the second prize. And one random person each day will earn the daily prize. If you’ve visited lots of lounges — and especially if you have pictures of these lounges — you could easily win a grand prize worth $700! The full terms and conditions are available on the LoungeBuddy website.
Grand Prize (5 winners)
Lounge Perks for a year! Your choice of up to US$700 to be applied towards:
- A credit card annual fee.
- – or – An airport lounge membership program fee.
- – or – The equivalent in LoungeBuddy credit to be used at any of our participating lounges.
- – or – A contribution towards a charitable foundation of your choice.
Second Prize (10 winners)
Your choice of:
- Complimentary one-year CLEAR membership
- – or – US$100 in LoungeBuddy credit
Daily Prize (60 winners)
- $45 in LoungeBuddy Credit
You can earn points even faster by contributing new pictures or reviews to those lounges where LoungeBuddy needs the most help. These lounges have fewer than 5 pictures or reviews, and so you can earn triple points when you contribute. That means 30 points for a new picture or a review!
There are a surprising number of eligible lounges, including the popular Admirals Club in Austin (with a putting green), the new Etihad First Class lounge in Doha, and even a few Delta Sky Clubs in Atlanta.
LoungeBuddy will keep track of these eligible lounges and update the list as new reviews are posted. The faster you act, the more triple bonus lounges will be available. However, the list is just meant to help and may not be current at all times. It’s your responsibility to see how many pictures and/or reviews are already published in order to confirm that you’ll get the bonus points.