In my recent return to Perth, I had a 10 hours layover in Kuala Lumpur. Before my trip, I have pre-purchased the access to Air Asia Premium Red Lounge (Pre-book price is RM69). Normal price to access the lounge is RM79 (approximately A$24), and you get to spend 3 hours in the lounge. Every additional 3 hours will be an additional RM79. Of course, if you are premium flatbed guest, you are free to enter the lounge.
Before I go into details if this is worth your RM79 to chill in the Air Asia Premium Red Lounge. Lets have a quick glance of what they have inside.
Entrance to the Air Asia Premium Red Lounge
Food and Drinks Area
Toilet & Shower
Stairs to Second Floor Resting Area
Food and Drinks – 2.0/5.0
I went in at 10.00pm and it was quite packed with people. The food served at the time was some cakes and a bowl of spaghetti. I didn’t try the food as they look a bit unappetizing to me. Drink wise, the only alcohol option they have is Tiger Beer, the rest are just coffee, tea and soft drinks. If you are going in mainly for the food, I suggest you save RM79 and spend it else where, at a proper restaurant in the airport (there are many options both before and after the immigration check).
Shower and Washroom – 3.5/5.0
Some of you might be looking for a lounge just because you want a refreshing shower. Yes, Air Asia Premium Red Lounge has proper showers with commercial soap provided. The shower and toilet are clean and neat. The only downside is that they have only 2 showers/toilets for each gender (and there’s no separate toilet), so you will have to queue up and wait for the next available shower/toilet. Too bad if you only need to pee/poo and you’re waiting for someone to finish their shower.
Charging Area + Internet – 3.0/5.0
As you can see from the pictures above, they have plenty of charging tables for your devices. They also have 4 computers if you haven’t got any laptops but need to surf the internet. Of course, you can also find charging stations around the airport, so it’s not necessary to come in just to charge your devices. However, I do find the internet speed they provided is super fast compared to the airport internet. So if you really need that internet speed for whatever reason, the lounge is good.
Resting Area – 2.5/5.0
On the second floor you will find a quiet place for guest to rest. It has great ambiance and the dim lighting is great for resting. However, I personally don’t find the bean bags comfortable, and of course it’s kind of unhygienic. If you are looking for a place to nap and have proper rest, I suggest something else.
I would say, it really depends and it’s personal. I tried the lounge just for the sake of writing this post for you guys. And personally, I don’t think it’s worth it to spend RM79 for three hours in the lounge. If you have a short layover of less than 5 hours, why not spend RM15 for at starbucks, where you can get decent drinks and food, charging as well as internet. Watch two movies and you are ready to go.
If you layover for more than 5 hours, and want a proper rest, I suggest the Capsule by Container Hotel at KLIA2. The cheapest rate for a bed is RM80, which is RM1 more than the Air Asia Premium red lounge, and you get to sleep on a proper bed. They have options for 6,9 and 12 hours packages to choose from. The packages also comes with internet access and showers. Even better. Check out their facilities here. (P.S. This is not sponsored and I am not paid to say this, it’s just an alternate BETTER option I found).
If you have more than 1 person or travel in group, booking a double room at Sama-Sama Express KLIA2 (Transit Hotel) is even cheaper (RM132 for double bed) then two entry fees (RM158) at Air Asia Premium Red Lounge. You get a comfy bed, TV, internet and shower. Save that RM26 for some simple local delicacies.
Hope this post somehow help you with your transit in KLIA2! You can find all sorts of facilities in KLIA2 here. Happy travelling!
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