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Oneworld Alliance Opens Its First Branded Lounge in Seoul (ICN)

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The Oneworld alliance’s first-ever branded lounge is now open at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN).

Premium cabin travelers on a Oneworld alliance flight (or those with select frequent flier statuses) now have a swanky new lounge option — here’s what you need to know.

The New Oneworld Lounge at Seoul ICN

In 2019, the Oneworld alliance announced that it would begin constructing branded lounges at airports around the world, similar to the 2 other global alliances, SkyTeam and Star Alliance.

While the pandemic halted those plans temporarily, there’s good news: the alliance’s first lounge is officially open.

Oneworld Lounge Seating
There’s a mix of lounge chairs and sofas with shared outlets. Image Credit: Oneworld

Previously, this 6,000-square-foot space on the fourth floor was occupied by Jeju Air. The contemporary space can seat up to 148 travelers at a time.

While Incheon is home to many great airport lounges already, the new Oneworld alliance lounge is a caliber above the rest with stylish dining and seating and designated working areas.

Oneworld Lounge ICN
Phone booths are available near the bar. Image Credit: Oneworld

The lounge’s daily hours are between 7:30 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. (opens at 4:30 a.m. on Mondays and Saturdays).

Oneworld Lounge Food and Drink
A buffet-style lounge spread with food and drink. Image Credit: Oneworld

The Oneworld lounge located near Gate 28 at Terminal 1, where flights by 8 of the group’s 13 member airlines operate and is “no more than a 10-minute walk from the furthest oneworld airlines’ departure gates,” according to the alliance.

How to Access Oneworld Lounge at Incheon

Oneworld airlines operate more than 60 weekly flights to the South Korea airport, offering connections to more than 900 destinations worldwide.

In the Oneworld alliance, Emerald and Sapphire tier members receive access to Oneworld lounges around the world. Up until now, these have been operated by individual airlines (or other third parties).

Oneworld Lounge ICN Seating
Make your own coffee and tea located near the departures board. Image Credit: Oneworld

Additionally, premium cabin passengers — those in business or first class — also get access to these lounges, regardless of your elite status.

Hot Tip:

Here’s everything you need to know about the Oneworld alliance, including the benefits that come with status on 1 of the 13 member airlines.

Final Thoughts

During interviews pre-pandemic, Oneworld executives stated that they saw opportunities to open lounges in up to 30 airports worldwide. Now, this Incheon location is the global lounge debut for Oneworld (the “Oneworld” lounge at LAX is not actually owned and operated by the alliance).

Having a Oneworld lounge option is a fantastic addition at airports where other alliances dominate, and we hope to see many more soon.

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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others


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