The link to the LoungeBuddy trial version offered in the following article is outdated. The current version of the app is much improved since our review and is available for both (Download:) Android and iPhone.
The guys at LoungeBuddy know that as a frequent modhopper, you’re an airport lounge expert. That’s why they’d love your help in forming the official release of their lounge-locating app (currently in pre-release private beta). modhop has been given a limited number of downloads so that you can test it on your iPhone and let them know what you’d like to see in the final release. Read our official review and see the screenshots…
App: LoungeBuddy Platform: iPhone
modhop Exclusive: The first 100 modhop users are invited to help participate in this pre-release beta trial. Follow this link to download LoungeBuddy. As a beta release, the gang at LoungeBuddy will rely on your feedback to make corrections and improve usability of the app. (modhop.com has no affiliation with LoungeBuddy. Please direct app related concerns to their team.)
LoungeBuddy is a new app for iPhone that provides aiport lounge locations, user ratings and access info based on your current membership, status and what class of service you’re flying that day.
The idea is a good one. You’ve got different credit cards and memberships with varying lounge access benefits, so it can be easy to miss a lounge that might offer better amenities or grants complimentary access with your flight. In a perfect world this app does it all and finds you a better lounge with tastier bagels or dark corners for you to hide in.
It’s not quite there yet.
In my early test, the app failed to show discounted Sky Club access with my Delta branded Amex and didn’t differentiate between the levels of Priority Pass memberships, listing member lounges all as “free”. (With the lower tier memberships, Priority Pass lounge access can come at a cost).
The pre-release beta version comes with a very limited number of airports. The developers initial goal is to tackle the very top airports and continue to add more as they build into future versions. The wait for this might be painful, particularly if you travel to a variety of airports. I was disappointed to find that New York LaGuardia (my NYC fave) wasn’t there. Hopefully it and other key airports make the cut soon.
Keeping up with lounge changes and membership affiliations might prove to be difficult, but that’s where the LoungeBuddy community steps in. We found a long-closed lounge at JFK that was still listed and suspect that there may be outdated information within other listings. Once the app is in full release, the hope is that constant feedback from users will help the LoungeBuddy gang to keep things like club location, hours and amenities updated.
On the cusp of becoming a must-have travel app, LoungeBuddy comes with a clean design making it easy to navigate and set up with your memberships and status. Once it’s able to correctly interpret the information it might stand-in nicely for your Priority Pass or airline app for finding the best lounge for your pre-flight ritual.