If you’re looking for the best lounge at O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, look no further than The Clubhouse by Virgin Atlantic, which offers a well-crafted menu of food and drinks and posh space to wait for your flight. Plus, if you are an American Express Platinum or Centurion card member, you now have complimentary access.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Johannesburg Review
While I slummed it in the Priority Pass lounges, my friend traveled back to the USA a few days later and sent me some pictures from the Virgin lounge.
Access + Locations + Hours
The lounge is located past security in Terminal A (mezzanine level) and open daily from 6:00am to 11:00pm, though hours may vary due to the pandemic.
Access is reserved for the following passengers:
- Passengers travelling in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class
- Passengers traveling on Virgin Atlantic in any cabin who are also:
- Flying Club Gold members
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Gold members and PPS card holders
- Virgin Australia Velocity Club Gold, Platinum and The Club card holders
- Virgin Australia Velocity Club Platinum card holders
- American Express Platinum or Centurion card holders traveling on any flight
Those with access are permitted one guest, with the exception of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer elites. Your guest must be traveling on Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines, Air France or KLM.
It is my understanding (and please correct me if I am wrong) that Air France, Delta, and KLM elites or business class passengers do not have access to this lounge.
A La Carte Menu
What makes his lounge so attractive compared to the other lounges in the airport is an extensive a la carte menu of food and drinks:
My friend reports that you cannot go wrong with any of the cocktails and the food is great. He’s a vegetarian and there are many friendly options on the menu including arancini, halloumi (pictured below), quinoa salad, gnocchi gorgonzola, mushroom curry, and even a plant burger (pictured below).
Restrooms + Showers
Showers are available, even during the pandemic.
Like the excellent service at Virgin Clubhouses in London and New York, the staff are attentive and kind here.
Based upon the pictures and menu, this clearly looks to be the best lounge choices in JNB. It’s certainly on a whole different level than the South African Airways or Priority Pass lounges I visited.