Leaving Mobile, Alabama I decided to visit the Mobile Airport Authority Executive Lounge. That’s one readers of my lounge reviews might not have been expecting.
Of course, I didn’t even realize that the Mobile, Alabama airport had a lounge. Let alone that it’s free, if you know how to access it.
This is an airport-run lounge with a membership program. Annual membership is $50, and immediate family get in free with the member. Active duty military are free, too.
And they sell guest passes for $10, although I have no idea how they sell these since the lounge itself is unmanned.
They also offer Complimentary one-day pass for first visit. I don’t know about you, but I’m likely to find myself in Mobile, Alabama only once.
After clearing security the lounge is on the left, near gate 1 but before the walk down the corridor to the airport’s other six gates.
The lounge was locked. I peaked through the blinds but didn’t see anyone inside. So I decided to pick up the courtesy phone next to the door.
- A woman answered, “Mobile airport, how can I help you?”
I explained that the Executive Lounge door was locked and no one was there.
“Yes,” she said “It’s a private club. Are you a member?”
I replied, “No, but your website says that the first visit is free, and I’d like to take you up on this.”
“Oh,” she wondered, “do you have the coupon?”
“No, I didn’t print a coupon [the website doesn’t have one, and doesn’t say you need one], but I’d be happy to show you on my phone.”
“That’s ok, I’ll just let you right in.” And the door buzzed. I opened in. And I walked inside to find…
A room. With a television, a flight monitor, coffee and water machines, and a mini-fridge with soft drinks. There were also a couple of snack items there. And a bathroom.
The lounge promises ‘seasonable surprise and delight’ food and beverage offerings in addition to complimentary snacks and beverages. I’ve visited the lounge and I still don’t know what those are.
They also offer Free Wi-Fi. It’s the airport’s free wifi, and the signal is much better closer to the gates.
One of the final perks is “personal attention” which seems a bit of an oversell because, as I mentioned, the lounge is untended.
I didn’t stay long, since I wanted to explore the rest of the terminal., and I found that the internet signal was better elsewhere.
But if you find yourself in the Mobile, Alabama airport and want to check out the lounge, just tell them it’s your first visit!