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Inside British Airways' Revamped Galleries Lounge at Newark International Airport

Where: Newark-Liberty International [map], Newark, NJ, United States
June 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM | by | ()

There are very few things that'll make us consider flying out of Newark-Liberty International Airport versus JFK, but having a superior airline lounge experience would be one of them. After all, the few hours of pre-departure time can be the most critical for enjoying your flight and getting in the proper mood to fly long-haul.

Late last week, British Airways let us in to have a peek around their newly renovated Galleries lounge at EWR's Terminal B. This lounge, which is double the size of the old one, only reopened with the new furniture, new layout, new tech and new food and beverage options in late April, just in time to introduce it to flyers before the rush of Summer Olympics travel.

What you'll find in the British Airways Galleries lounge is a lot of complimentary amenities you will not find in the premium lounges of US carriers. We're talking self-serve bars for alcohol, snacks, and specialty coffee drinks, free WiFi access with power outlets at nearly every seat, custom designed furniture to evoke British heritage and Scottish castles and, the pièce de résistance, a full buffet featuring a monthly specialty station (it's Indian dosas for June!).

Bonus! The lounge has a single private shower room complete with Elemis toiletries. And though there's no designed children's area, there are coloring books and enough outlets to keep their iPads well charged.

Furthermore, First Class passengers can retreat from the Club World masses with their own dining area and table service (plus a better selection of top-shelf booze). The menu is prepared by actual chefs, who also retain a book with all the ingredient information, for First Class passengers on special diets or with health restrictions. Dining here, within the lounge, means that you'll be able to properly enjoy the food, skip or cut down on the meals on the airplane, and be better able to take full advantage of the flight for sleep.

How to get entry into the BA Galleries Lounge:
· Travel in First Class or Club World on a British Airways flight
· Hold British Airways silver or gold status, traveling in any class
· Hold Oneworld status of Emerald or Sapphire, traveling on a Oneworld carrier (except for AA domestic flights)

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

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