For those frequent flyers whose airline elite status includes airport lounge access it can be a safe haven far from the maddening crowds but for those of the rest of us who don’t travel enough to attain such exalted status there is a way to enjoy these comforts for a relatively small price.

Edmonton International Airport’s two Plaza Premium lounges are located in the domestic/international terminal opposite Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge and in the new U.S. departures terminal and feature free Wi-Fi, computer terminals, newspapers and magazines, hot food items such as soup, small sandwiches, cookies and snacks, coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages.

I was gifted entry into the domestic/international lounge ahead of a early evening flight on Icelandair to Copenhagen through Reykjavik and enjoyed a 90 minute visit with a few craft beers, light bites and downtime after a treacherous drive through a late Fall blizzard that had suddenly enveloped Edmonton.

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Lounge access is $40 per person for 2 hours or $50 for 3 hours and may be confirmed online or upon entry at the lounge location, subject to there being room available when you arrive.

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The lounge is more a cozy space than cavernous warehouse and the warm welcome from the friendly bartender on a first-name basis with a few regular visitors helped personalize the visit.

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The finger food available won’t replace a good meal but is enough to temporarily stave off traveller starvation .

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The entry cost may appear high at first but after factoring in the cost of a few craft beers and light bites in a quiet zone far from the maddening crowds the net cost really isn’t too expensive and may be something I incorporate as a small splurge on future travels.