The South African Airways Premium Lounge in Johannesburg is actually quite nice and was a very pleasant place for me to spend four hours between flights. With good coffee, a wide selection of food, and comfortable seating, it proved to be a very productive time for me.
South African Airways Premium Lounge Johannesburg Review
Location + Hours + Access
The lounge is located in the International terminal (A) above the duty free area. It is open from 4:30am until the last flight departs from Monday – Friday and from 5:30am until the last flight departs on Saturdays and Sundays.
This lounge is open to:
- SAA Voyager Elite Members
- Lifetime Platinum (three guests)
- Platinum (two guests)
- Gold (one guest)
- Silver (no guest)
- Star Alliance Gold members (one guest)
- SAA Business Class passengers (no guests)
- SAA co-branded credit car holders (no guests)
When you enter the lounge, you’ll be turning right. The smaller but posher Platinum Lounge is to the left and reserved exclusively for SAA Voyager Platinum members.
This is not a Priority Pass lounge.
In terms of seating…there’s a lot of it. The lounge seemed to stretch on and on with frequent alcoves for seating. I found a seat by the window and enjoyed some spectacular tarmac views during my stay.
Food + Drinks
I was genuinely impressed by the spread of food and drink available in the lounge. Most of all, I was happy that a barista offered delicious coffee drinks made-to-order using Blacksmith beans.
If you prefer inferior coffee, an automatic machine is also available along with pastries and orange juice:
Beyond the coffee, the lounge offers a full bar service, buffet filled with hot and cold dishes, and a wide selection of sweets and fruit.
Do note my visit was in March 2020 and food and beverage service may be scaled back due to the pandemic.
Restrooms + Showers
Shower suites are available upon request (ask reception) while restrooms are spacious and feature a full-time attendant to keep it clean.
When Ben from One Mile at a Time visited this lounge in 2016, he ended up leaving because the internet was so bad. Thankfully, the internet issue has been resolved and it worked very well for me over my four hours stay.
The most popular area in the lounge was the smoking room. It took over an hour for it to empty out so I could get the picture below.
A kid’s play area did not have many toys, play sets, or other distractions, but did have brightly-painted walls.
This lounge worked out very nicely for my extended layover. Good coffee plus functioning wi-fi helped to pass the time very quickly. I look forward to returning (and maybe one day seeing the Platinum side of the lounge). This is one of the better lounges in JNB.
How would you review the South African Airways Premium Lounge in Johannesburg?
This story is part of my An African Adventure As The World Shut Down trip report.