Delhi Airport Lounge Review – Plaza Premium (T3) Domestic

By | March 2, 2017

I visited Delhi recently and booked Air India primarily to experience their business class lounge in Delhi T3 Terminal Domestic Departure and also to make myself eligible for miles redemption on Air India flights. But sadly I wasn’t given the upgrade as business class was full and I had to check out the other lounge – Plaza Premium which is quite near to Air India business class lounge.

Note: If you’re looking for the lounge in Delhi T1 Terminal Domestic Departure, check out my other review: Plaza Premium Lounge at Delhi Domestic Airport (T1)

Delhi Airport Plaza Premium Lounge Area

Delhi Airport Lounge Access Experience:

I flashed one of my Visa signature card for access and was denied saying the machine is down and then flashed my diners black card. They verified my name with the one on boarding pass and they let me in. Yes, they DID NOT swipe my card, neither noted down my card no.

Basically their swipe machines are not working but why did they show less importance to Visa cards?! I never know. Well, i entered the lounge and it was pretty big and had many areas like main lounge area, dining area, chat area, etc. Here’s how it looks:

Delhi Airport Lounge – Plaza Premium – Reading area

Delhi Airport Plaza Premium Lounge entrance

Delhi Airport Plaza Premium Lounge – Food spread/Cereals

I went straight to the food, they did have nice spread of starters, including cereals, boiled egg. They also had omlet, dosa cooked live and served on request. With hardly 1hr of sleep the previous night, I was half sleep and missed to take food pics ?

They also had a chat section, but it was morning and I dint try any, neither saw others have one but they had special Masala Chai/tea which I had a sip. It tastes good but I don’t generally drink or eat much when traveling, used to just taste all of them.

Facilities at Plaza Premium Lounge at Delhi Airport (T3 Domestic):

  • Wifi: Yes, Very good speed.
  • Food: Yes – As good as 4 Star Hotel Buffet
  • Ambiance: Plush interiors & well spacious.
  • Recharge Station: Yes
  • Complimentary Access on: MasterCard, Priority Pass, Diners Club, Visa
  • CardExpert Lounge Rating: 4.5/5

Overall it’s a pretty nice and comfortable lounge with almost everything you need. It gets added to my best lounges list in India and is in par with Above ground level lounge in Bangalore, except the fact that they miss Recliners, which is my favorite. Though everything else was good and wish I visit the lounge again next time.

Have you been to this Plaza Premium Lounge in Delhi T3 terminal ? Share your experiences in comments below.

34 thoughts on “Delhi Airport Lounge Review – Plaza Premium (T3) Domestic

  1. Prashant Gupta

    I have been to this lounge and had lunch, the food was good. I used my visa signature card. I had afternoon go air flight so reached airport bit early and had lunch there ?.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Cool, effective utilization of the resources 😀

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    2. Vineet

      Do we have goair flights from T3? I was impression except Jet and Air india , all domestic flights are from T1 in delhi 🙂

      Reply
  2. Praveen Perumalla

    I’ll visit in my next Delhi trip. Also probably make it a point to avoid domestic terminal because the lounge is always crowded there.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      True that, the other lounge at T1 is all time crowded!

      Reply
  3. siddhant

    I KNOW very strage they did not swipe my icici sapphire just waived me in….

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      1. siddhant

        in my case, in front of me was a priority pass customer whose card was not working & behind me was another customer with few cards in hand who seemed very very irritable due to delay, I guess the girl at counter thought it does not really matter becuased ICICI sapphire is amex card which is different system, somehow people at the lounges are not very enthusiastic about swiping amex systems & ask for master card.
        maybe that is why i was just waived in.

        But one of the best lounges i have seen until now is 1 in bangalore above the the ground level lounge, almost perfect, if not reviewed you should check it out. the best i assure you.

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          I’ve reviewed that lounge (Above ground level lounge in Bangalore), infact i’ve also mentioned it in the article 🙂
          Yes, its one of the best lounges in India.

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  4. Yash

    These services are free of cost ( wifi, food, newspaper and chat section). What is the procedure in order to get lounge in Mumbai or Delhi airport ?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      All you need is the credit/debit card with lounge access.

      Reply
  5. Aman Gupta

    1.) Do they charge for food?
    2.) Is there any time period for accessing the lounge say 2 or 3 hour’s like that?

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  6. NIKHIL M

    Hi Siddharth, this is my first comment, and I really appreciate the work you’re doing.
    I have a small query though.
    I’m expecting my Diners Club Rewardz card shortly and would like to know if the card really gets us access to Domestic lounges “UNLIMITED” Number of times!!!???
    (I use a ICICI Ferrari Signature card otherwise but the number of free lounge accesses is very limited on it just like many other cards.)

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes its unbelievably Unlimited on Diners Rewardz 🙂

      Reply
  7. Haris Khan

    Hi Sid,

    I had travelled to Hyderabad recently and got a chance to visit the lounge using Diners Reward card.
    Lounge was cramped and it was heavily occupied. But had everything to offer from breakfast, food, drinks, deserts.
    Its not about the visit I am writing but for the person who was swiping the guests inside Plaza Lounge.
    In free time, I showed him my few cards and asked which others have access to, interestingly I was under assumption that only VISA Signature has lounge access but Visa Platinum also has access. Moreover I don’t know that my debit card has Lounge access too. Below are the details :

    AxisBank Titanium Rewards MasterCard Debit Card – Lounge Access Yes, don’t know how much PA
    AxisBank MyZone Visa Platinum Credit Card – Lounge Access Yes, don’t know how much PA
    Citibank MasterCard Debit Card – No lounge access
    Citibank Rewards Visa Platinum Credit Card – No lounge access.

    Denied in all Citi cards in spite of having 6 digit salary a/c with them….shitty bank.
    Also if no one is having any card and want to use Lounge services, then better to buy before hand @ 700rs in AI and free for JetPriviledge tickets, just show boarding pass and enjoy.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂
      Yes, some Visa Platinum cards also has access and most business variant cards (like Business platinum) has access too.

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      1. Akshit Malhotra

        Hi Siddharth please explain me all abt this lounge access.I have a debit card of axis bank that too of platinum which allows me complimentary access to lounges twice per quarter.

        Can I access this lounge if I get early for my flight through Jet airways or Vistara.Also if I have to bring the card can my father also come with me as he doesn’t have that debit card. Is everything free there?
        Also how much time can I spend there n do I need to show them something along with debit card.
        Please help.
        I have no knowledge abt this n is very much interested to avail this service.

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  8. Kamal

    Hi

    When I was offered SBI ELITE Master Card, I was promised I will get Airport Lounge Access all across Domestic Airports. I was also reading few comments above and thought if confirming first as I dont want to get humiliated by the staff over there.

    Can anyone please confirm this ? And yes what if Primary Card Holder is not travelling but the ticket is booked using same card for a family member – Is he/she is eligible for this lounge facility ?

    Thanks

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes it will work, its only for the primary card holder. Others with your card may have issues in accessing the lounge.

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  9. Akshay S

    Hi Sid,

    I happen to have an Add-on card for Diners Club Rewardz Card, does the add-on card also provides unlimited lounge access as for the primary one?

    Reply
  10. Pragya

    I know you keep hearing this all the time but let me say it once more. YOUR BLOG IS AMAZING 🙂 I planned to sleep early tonight but god your writing n knowledge kept me hooked upto to your blog all night.. huh 😉

    Quick ques i have axis bank titanium rewards debit card. Will it work at above ground level lounge at Bangalore airport?

    Do you know its usage per quarter? Is it two or more as i have back to back two return flights with a layover so i would check in 5 times at the airport.

    Whats the deal with PP. How can i get it?

    Apart from my axis debit card i have citi indian oil platinum credit card and have been using from past 10 years but looks like a useless one as doesnt offer anything 🙁

    Please if you can suggest a good card, i wouldn’t mind getting a new account open.

    Thanks for your patience in reading 🙂

    Waiting for your response. Cheers 😉

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thank you very much for your Kind words. It always inspires me to write new articles and reply to long comments 😉
      1. Yes, Axis bank titanium rewards debit card (Mastercard) has access to Above ground Levell lounge. Its One of the best lounge i’ve been to. Call ‘MasterCard For You’ toll free helpline: 1800-102-6263 to find free visits
      2. These days PP is not allowed for domestic usage. Easiest way to get is via HDFC Regalia First
      3. Consider getting one of these debit cards in future if you fly frequently – 10 Best Debit Cards with Complimentary Lounge Access

      Happy Lounging!

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      1. Pragya

        Thanks for the advice 😉

        I read few comments asking for child policy. It may vary from lounge to lounge. But from my personal experience, I was able to take my 5 years old without providing extra card at Delhi International Departures.

        Thanks!

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          Cool! Yes, most lounges are kind enough to allow kids in single swipe.

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          1. Hari

            Had been to Plaza Premium Lounge @ Bangalore. They did allow my daughter no questions asked.

  11. Ashok kumar Lohia

    I will be landing at Delhi international airport at 12.15 am and my next flight is at early morning 6 am by Viratara. Pl guide me the lounges for priority pass so that I can relax for 4 hours .

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  12. Ashok kumar Lohia

    The lounges should be on the same terminal where i can take my vistara flight ( domestic)

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    1. Amex Guy

      Overstaying over 3-4 hours would be very unlikely. They expect 2-3 hour stay, but 3-4 isn’t bad if the lounge is mostly empty. There is an ITC lounge nearby which you can use after this one. At T3 departures, there is also an AMEX lounge (Platinum only) and Air India lounge (don’t know who gets to go inside) if you have access to those. Air India is next to Plaza, but Amex one is quiet a walk.

      I’d suggest you eat at Plaza. ITC/Amex do not have as good catering. 🙂

      Reply
  13. sunil sharma

    I have ICICI Signature debit card & has two lunge access,can i add my wife as a guest? (Can I do two entry at a time with my card)

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Nope, you need to pay for 2nd person.
      Meanwhile, how did you apply for this card?

      Reply

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