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Having epically failed at sleeping, I got up
bright dark and early and headed over to the window of our room at the NH hotel across the street from VIE.
I messed about for an hour or so before we decided to get going and head across the street for our super early flight to MUC (6:30 AM). We checked using the electronic kiosks and then head for security. We could have used the premium line (given our Frequent Traveler status with Lufthansa), but the regular line seemed to be moving super fast, so we got in that one and were through in a matter of minutes.
I must note how awesome VIE airport is. There are boards telling you expected wait times for security, and there were an enormous number of scanners in use, so the lines were never long and moved incredibly quickly. I think that, from the time we entered the line to the time we were off walking to the Austrian Airlines business class lounge, it couldn’t have been more than five minutes.
We have access to the lounge because of our Frequent Traveler status with Lufthansa, which gives us access to Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, and LOT) business class lounges when on Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, or LOT flights, even in economy. It’s a great perk, and it really came in useful, as you’ll see in my review of the Lufthansa business class lounge in Munich.
The lounge is located a floor above the point at which you enter, kind of hidden away. After one goes through security, one turns left and then takes the elevator to the second floor (first floor if you’re from Europe), and then turns right, where one will find signage for the lounge. It is right next to the SKY Lounge, which I should note is a Priority Pass lounge, and shares a little lobby area with the Priority Pass lounge.
When we entered, we were processed by the Austrian Airlines agents and welcomed into the lounge. We then headed inside, picked out a table, and went to the buffet.
Since this is the European equivalent of a domestic first class lounge (it being within the Schengen area, where most flights within Europe depart from), there wasn’t much in the way of food options. There were chips, cereal, and fruit, as well as some drinks, including juice and a few alcoholic beverages.
The lounge had a number of different seating areas, though the lounge was somewhat small. We grabbed ourselves a table with the intention to eat breakfast super quickly before heading over to the gate.
After only twenty or so minutes in the lounge, we decided to get to the gate for our flight. We finished our breakfast and packed up our things, then headed out.
In conclusion, the Austrian lounge at VIE did the trick for our super short visit. We could have headed over to the SKY Lounge (which had a better hot food selection), given that we have a Priority Pass membership because of my dad’s American Express Platinum credit card, but we only had three Priority Pass cards on us (for our family of four), and the people at the lounge entrance were very strict about letting people in without cards, which I haven’t encountered elsewhere. Despite the absence of hot food, we were only there for a very short while, so I didn’t mind. The lounge was super empty, having just opened when we got there, as its hours are 5:30-22:30, which made it enjoyable. All in all, it was a good, short visit.