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When it comes to airport and airline lounges, the benefits are abundant – there’s comfortable seating, unlimited food and drinks, television, access to shower facilities (handy after a long flight), free newspapers and magazines, massages and free Wi-Fi, to name a few things.

It’s important to make a distinction between airline lounges, which are operated by specific carriers, and airport lounges, which are run by independent operators. Airline lounges are only accessible to certain ticket holders of certain airlines or people with certain bank cards.

For instance, Investec cardholders have access to SAA-owned lounges and Bidvest Premier Lounges.

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