"I'm calling it: this is the best money you can spend in an airport."

Excuse me, but I have a secret.

Part of me doesn’t want to tell you this secret, because then it’s not my secret any more. But I’ve never been very good at secrets SO I NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT AIRPORT LOUNGES IMMEDIATELY.

My twin sister, Clare, recently hopped on a plane to Europe. It’s important for you to understand that, like me, Clare is – how do I put this? – a plebeian.

We’ve never flown first class or business class in our lives nor will we ever, unless someone pities us so much they offer an upgrade. And we would totally be cool with that.

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Anyway, Clare jumped on her plane and took her very-economy seat, in her very-economy tracksuit pants, with her very-economy unwashed hair.

Her suitcase is a little bit broken, because of course it is, and her carry-on still has dirt from a trek in Thailand on it.

Clare stopped in Abu Dhabi for a few hours, then jumped back on all the way to London.

But in London, Clare had a seven hour lay over. Seven hours. This was after 20 hours on a plane, and about four sitting in an airport weighing up whether or not to get Burger King at 5am Sydney time. Spoiler: she did.

She was gross (she’s always gross, but she was particularly gross). She was hungry. She was bored.

And that’s when she remembered Mum saying something about how you can buy your way into an airport lounge. 

The Qantas Lounge. Image via Qantas.

The lounges you thought were reserved for first class and business class travellers are open to us plebs. It just comes at a price.

Clare paid $70 for access to a lounge for four hours, with free Wi-Fi, a shower, food, drinks, magazines and comfy seats.

I have spent the equivalent to that on some shitty moisturiser because I was jetlagged and vulnerable. I have spent close to $20 on a traumatising sandwich that had been sitting in its own filth for a week. I have had flights delayed, and been stranded in an airport thinking I would give my left leg for a comfy seat and a hot shower.

But we don't need to give our left leg/s. We just need to fork out some money, if we think it's worth it.

Image via Getty.

I've done my research, and most airlines offer lounges you can pay to access. The cost ranges from $40 to about $135, and generally they have a four hour limit. They're sold online or can (most of the time) be purchased upon entry.

You can also join 'Priority Pass' here, which, for a small annual fee, will grant you access into airport lounges all over the world.

So, next time you're flying, and you're confronted with a lengthy, uncomfortable stop over, consider accessing a lounge.

You won't regret it.

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