Escape Lounges Guide [Locations, Amenities, Hours, & Access]

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Escape Lounges are a great way to relax before your flight. They aren’t as fancy as the American Express Centurion Lounges, but Escape Lounges are better option than most airline and Priority Pass lounges due to their good selection of free alcohol, and superior food options.

In this post, we outline all you need to know about the Escape Lounges in the United States and the United Kingdom including their location, hours, menus, amenities, and how you can access them for free.

Escape Lounges
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Escape Lounge Locations

Escape Lounges operates twelve lounges in the United States and five lounges in the United Kingdom. Below is each of their lounge locations and operating hours.

Escape Stacked in the U.S.
Airport Location Food Drinks
Cincinnati (CVG) Gate B21 Menu N/A
Greenville (GSP) Concourse B near Gate 1 Menu Menu
Hartford (BDL) Near Gate 1 Menu Menu
Minneapolis (MSP) T1 at Entrance to Con. E Menu Menu
Oakland (OAK) T1 Across from Gate 9 Menu Menu
Ontario (ONT) T2 at Gates 209 and 210 Menu Menu
Ontario (ONT) T4 Near Gate 410 Menu Menu
Palm Beach (PBI) Concourse B N/A N/A
Phoenix (PHX) T4 Near Gate B22 Menu N/A
Providence (PVD) Near Gate 18 Menu Menu
Reno (RNO) Between Conc. B and C Menu Menu
Sacramento (SMF) Near Gate A10 Menu Menu
Sacramento (SMF) Term. B on Left After Security Menu Menu

A few notes:

  • The Phoenix lounge has showers since it is connected to the American Express Centurion Lounge.
  • The U.S. Escape Lounges without bathrooms are Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Oakland, Reno, and Sacramento. For these lounges, you have to exit the lounge to go to the public restrooms, and you can re-enter back into the lounge.

U.K. Escape Lounges, unlike the U.S. Lounges, can be accessed with Priority Pass.

Escape Stacked in the U.K.
Airport Location Hours
East Midlands (EMA) Near Gate 17 4.00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
London (STN) Main Dep. Lounge 4.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Manchester (MAN) Terminal 1 4:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Manchester (MAN) T2 near Gate 209 M, T, Th, F, Sa.: 4:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; W 4:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 4:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Manchester (MAN) T3 on Level 3 Sun - Fri. 4:15 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Sat. 4:15 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Free Access to the Escape Lounges

You have three ways to access Escape Lounges for free:

Additionally, children under two are admitted free with an adult.

Paid Access to Escape Lounges

If you don’t have a American Express Platinum or Delta Reserve card, you can pay for access to the Escape Lounge.

U.S. Escape Lounges: $40 per person if you pre-book 24 hours in advance or $45 at the door. There are discounts for AAA Members or members of the military. 

U.K. Escape Lounges: £25 per person in advance or £30 at the airport.

Lounge Amenities

You will have access to several amenities when you visit Escape Lounges:

  • Free food including breakfast, lunch, dinner, cookies, dessert, appetizers, and bar snacks.
  • A good selection of free alcoholic drinks including prosecco, white wine, red wine, a few types of beer including a local draft, and spirits like Jack Daniels, Bacardi, Johnnie Walker Red, Svedka, and Jameson. (You can buy upgraded wine and spirits for around $6-10.)
  • Free coffee, tea, espresso, and soft drinks. 
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi.
  • Print, scan, and copy services.
  • Charging ports at every seat.

The one amenity that is lacking from about half of the Escape Lounges is a bathroom. Access to a clean bathroom is important to have in a lounge, especially if you are staying for an extended period of time.

Escape Lounge Bar
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U.S. Escape Lounges vs. U.K. Escape Lounges

The U.S. and U.K. Escape Lounges have some differences you should know about:

  • U.S. Escape Lounges are generally smaller than the U.K. Escape Lounges. Most of the U.S. Escape Lounges are about 3,000 square feet, whereas the average Admirals Club or Delta SkyClub is at least double that size. 
  • U.S. Escape Lounges are more upscale than U.K. Escape Lounges. U.S. Escape Lounges charge about $8 more per visit than the U.K. Escape Lounges. This allows the U.S. Escape Lounges to offer higher quality food in mini cast iron pots instead of only buffet food at the U.K. Escape Lounges.
  • The U.K. Escape Lounges are accessible via Priority Pass, but the U.S. Escape Lounges are only accessible by free with a version of the American Express Platinum.
  • The U.K. Lounges limit your stay to 3-hours, but you can stay for an entire day at the U.S. Lounges.
Escape Lounge Food Buffet
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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have free access with the American Express Platinum, a visit to the Escape Lounge is totally worth it. They have good food and free alcohol.

If you are planning to pay for access, I would assess how long you plan on staying at the lounge. If you are staying longer than 2 hours, it may be worth paying the $40-45 for access.

Yes. You can access the Escape Lounge as an arriving passenger.

You can bring in two guests into the Escape Lounge with the American Express Platinum card. For the U.K. Lounges, you can bring in guests based on your Priority Pass Membership.


If you are buying access, you have to pay the fee per person with the exception of children under two.

Only the U.K. Escape Lounges accept Priority Pass. The U.S. Escape Lounges are only accessible for free with American Express Platinum.

No. The American Express Delta Platinum and Delta Platinum Business do NOT have free access to Escape Lounges. Only a version of the American Express Platinum card that earns Membership Rewards points has free access.


The cards have very similar names, but the American Express Platinum has a $550 annual fee. Whereas, the Delta Platinum only has a $250 annual fee.

Only service animals can visit the Escape Lounges.  Emotional Support Animals do not qualify.

Standby passengers, including airline or industry employees traveling on discounted tickets, are not eligible to utilize the lounge unless they have received a boarding pass showing a confirmed seat or zone assignment.

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