How much drinking do you need to do to make it worth paying for a day pass to an airport lounge?
Well, the cost of the pass, obviously. So normally about $50, which nets out to five to six beers, or maybe three Scotches if you’re drinking good Scotch, which you should absolutely do in airport lounges. That said, they’ll 100% know you’re not a rich businessman, since rich businessmen are too busy arbitraging like mad to drink five to six beers in a short period of time.
Does tipping differ due to inflated prices?
OK, there are a few ways to look at this one.
1) For one-off cash transactions, the standard dollar a drink remains fine. If your beer is $9 and you pay with a $10, just drop that remaining buck and be done with it. The bartender isn’t doing any more work than one at a normal, non-airport bar. That said, aside from the actual pouring of your drink, he/she does have to do horrible things like slog through security just like fliers, and, you know, WORK IN AN AIRPORT EVERY DAY. With this in mind, displays of humanity, and the extra dollar or two, are certainly not discouraged by this guide; it’s just also not mandated.