080: Bangalore Premium Airport Lounge Review (Domestic)

By | April 26, 2022
080 bangalore airport lounge review

Bangalore had an amazing premium airport lounge previously called Above Ground level Lounge and it was closed for more than a year. Now in its new avatar at the same location we now have the 080 lounge, which basically refers to the STD code of Bangalore.

While we’re gonna see the review of 080 lounge at domestic departures, there is also another 080 lounge at the international departures, just like how it used to be before.

Both lounges are now owned by the airport and operated by TFS, the same company that operates most of the lounge & dining outlets across Indian airports.

Location

Follow the lounge signboards that will ideally take you to the entrance from where you can either goto the BLR lounge (accessible by most cards) or this 080 lounge (premium) based on the cards you have.

You’ll need to take the escalator to proceed to the newly opened premium lounge located one floor (mezzanine floor) above. You may also use the lift located at the same side of the escalator.

Complimentary Access

Complimentary Access programs

Here are the cards that currently gives complimentary access to the 080 lounge located at domestic departures,

  • American Express Credit/Charge Cards
  • Priority Pass
  • Axis Bank Debit Cards (Priority & Burgundy)
  • Other programs as seen in above image

They may add few more cards in the near future but I guess that will be limited to only premium cards.

Caution: Note that almost all Priority Pass cards issued in India are chargeable ($27 per visit) for domestic lounge access, except the PP issued with HDFC Infinia & Citi prestige.

Check-in

Checkin counter

There were two check-in counters and fortunately there was no queue, as expected. I used one of my American Express Credit Cards to get access and was allowed in within a minute or so.

Seating and Interiors

The lounge was massive with so many sections designed thoughtfully to give a modern look.

There is a large dining area next to the buffet spread with quite a lot of dining tables. Here’s a quick look,

Dining Area
Dining Area
Dining Area - Occupied
Dining Area – Occupied
Bar Area
Bar Area
Lounge Area
Lounge Area
Lounge Area - Closer
Lounge Area – with plug points
Lounge Area - Other side
More Lounge Area
Modern Lounge Area
Modern Lounge Area
Lounge Area - closer look

Once you’re done with dining, you might want to catch up with some work, so they’ve designed a separate area with many desks and modern workspaces.

Modern Workspace
Modern Workspace 2
Modern Workspace 3

They also had few more of these with closed workspace which might help if you need to go for a quick zoom meeting or an important phone call.

Modern Workspace and lounge
Chairs facing BLR Lounge

Above chairs faces BLR lounge located on the other side which will get you the view and a lot of happiness, because other lounge is usually crowded, noisy with almost 100% occupancy all the time. Maybe BLR needs one more lounge.

So you feel special here, and here’s the view:

View of BLR Lounge from 080 Lounge
View of BLR Lounge from 080 Lounge

Once you’re done with the work, you might want to relax a bit, how about a library? Here’s a quick look at the library that has 2 nice throne like chairs,

Library
Library
Library - Inside
Library – Inside

I know that you may not want to visit a library, so how about a mini theatre?

They’ve a nice setup for a mini theatre with a large TV screen, except that only cricket plays there and you’re not given access to the remote. When asked, I was told that soon they may give internet access to the TV with Netflix and remote access.

Not sure how true was that, because who gets to choose what to watch may cause an issue.

Mini Theatre
Mini Theatre
Mini Theatre - Inside
Mini Theatre – Inside

Coming soon: VIP section. There is a VIP section just behind the check-in counter and its closed as of now. When I spotted that and asked, I was told that it will be opened soon and will be accessible only by business class travellers.

It’s an a-la-carte style lounge area just like the premium section of the Amex Lounge in Mumbai and will have its own live cooking station. It will be interesting to see that when it opens.

The only thing that I miss in this lounge is the comfy recliner, which used to be there in the Above Ground Level Lounge earlier.

Food

You get almost anything you can expect in a lounge. Not just that, the food is also damn tasty.

So I went for multiple rounds and tasted almost everything they had, from main course to desserts and then some buttermilk and juices.

Everything tastes exceptionally good. The staff was clearing my plates one by one every 5 mins with a smile.

Food Plates
snacks and curd rice
Some snacks and curd rice
Desserts
Desserts & Juice
rice plates
Some rice indulgence

I had a dinner buffet at ITC Royal Bengal that costs 2K INR just a day before I visited this lounge and I can tell you that this lounge buffet is as good as that.

Well, in-fact its much better, because ITC didn’t even have fruits or fruit juices. Here you get them all and even more, as they have a separate stand for aerated drinks and you can get some mocktails too (chargeable).

Food Spread with fruits and juices
Food Spread
Mocktails
aerated drinks

Bottom line

  • Cardexpert Rating: 5/5 [yasr_overall_rating]

The 080 Lounge is perhaps the best airport lounge in India without a doubt. I spent about 3 hrs in this lounge and it went like 3 mins – that’s because they’ve so many sections to explore and its easy to loose track of time.

The lounge had about ~10% occupancy when I got in and it went to ~20% when I left. I hope they don’t accept lot many cards and make it as crowded as the other lounge.

To sum up, what you get is basically a lavish buffet and a luxurious lounge, work & a mini entertainment area.

Have you been to the 080 domestic or International lounge at Bangalore? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

Author: Siddharth

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45 thoughts on “080: Bangalore Premium Airport Lounge Review (Domestic)

  1. Gkcards

    Went there today morning, nice ambience/food and very peaceful. The other lounge opposite to it had a big queue of ppl outside, whereas 080 had few people. Accessed it with PP.

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  2. Shivakiran

    Hi thala. I visited this 080 lounge a couple of times in Feb and March this year. The occupancy rate and the food were the best. The quality and spread of the buffet is the best i have seen in Indian airport lounges.

    I still saw people trying to get in to 080 using their regular credit cards and the smart staff member at the entrance of 080 swiped their card and asked them to go to the BLR Domestic Lounge on the opposite side. Would love to spend good hours here in this lounge.

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  3. Abhi

    World class and future ready. This kind of stuff is what puts Bangalore decades ahead of other cities. Such a large lounge for a busy airport is much needed but it’s so restrictive in terms of cards giving complimentary access, will this lounge be able to run full capacity despite such a busy airport? Also what are the charges for non-complimentary access? I increasingly see people paying to avail lounge these days.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Tie ups will improve soon but I hope their intention is not to have full capacity, which will basically ruin the experience.

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      1. Abhi

        Yes without more tie ups they may struggle to reach their desired capacity. Nice pics and equally nice review. Next time I ll reach BLR airport atleast 5 hours in advance. Wish airports also start providing arrivals lounge, like they have in major airports abroad. As the charm of travel has shifted from flying to lounge (unless it’s B-class or above).

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          5 Hrs is too early. Moreover, lounge has a board that says entry only 3 hrs prior departure. You can see it even in the above checkin counter image.

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  4. Sandeep

    What card you have used to enter the lounge, I have priority pass with HDFC Infinia, do you see any additional charge when I use that ?

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    1. Shivakiran

      @Sandeep
      PP card from Infinia should be fine. No charges or additional charges.

      Reply
  5. Satish Kumar Agarwal

    India’s best airport lounge review by best eligible person in a best possible way. Hats off to you.

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  6. Vijay

    Nice Review. Will try it out surely.
    Which are the Amex cards eligible for complementary entry?

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  7. varun

    I will be traveling to Bangalore in May and return as well in a week. Is Diners black accepted there ?
    I have priority pass from Infinia and dragon pass from icici sapphiro card which probably i can use it.

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  8. Vaibhav Anand

    Excellent review as always.. Nice pictures!
    Just one question though.. Is there an additional charge for priority pass through indusind bank pinnacle world cc?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Glad you like the pictures. Thanks!

      Yes, it’s chargeable on Pinnacle. Have updated the article with more details around the Priority Pass linked access.

      Reply
  9. Ashok

    I hope they come up with this concept at all major airports in India, because now every bank card gives access to airport lounges and the lounges are over crowded all the time. So they should definitely do justice for premium card holders by coming up with new lounges.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes, it’s already happening, as most metro airports have multiple lounges. It will definitely get better, as anyway its a good business for lounges as well.

      Reply
  10. Credit enthusiastic

    I’ll be soon traveling in Vistara business from Bangalore to Delhi, Do business class passenger can access this lounge directly?

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  11. Iyer

    Have used it quite a few times since Feb. It is the best lounge in India as of date. I stopped using lounge at Blr airport prior to this as it use to get too crowded as almost every card was accepted. Now there is something to cherish for premium card holders.

    Btw on another note I heard from hdfc bank that they are soon coming out with a super premium credit card above Infinia.

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  12. chait

    I had being this lounge some months back
    i was surprised to see on how much of variety of things which are available to which we hv access for which i had not got to see it before

    hoping this time too i get to spend time here before i head to the flight .

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  13. vivek

    can we access this via PP issue by SCB Premium Super value titanium credit card ?
    Premium SVT offers 1 complimentary lounge access /Month

    Reply
  14. Alok

    I believe 080 is only for super premium or premium cards only else priority pass AMEX Plat/ Travel

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    1. Sandesh Damkondwar

      Yes DCB is also premium card, they should have added in the first phase release.

      Reply
  15. duckhunter44

    Hi!

    1. I have a Diners Club Black card (upgraded from Regalia a few years ago). I tried to enter the 080 Lounge using DCB but was told that it’s not accepted. The Regalia I had earlier came with a free Priority Pass (which seems to be accepted at 080 Lounge). I don’t understand why an upgrade to a (significantly) better card should take away privileges.

    2. The “Access the exclusive” signboard image posted above has MakeMyTrip listed but does not specify which card. Will the MakeMyTrip ICICI Bank Platinum Credit Card grant access to this lounge?

    Thanks.

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    1. Rakesh

      The access via PP issued for regalia card is chargeable . My friend accessed it and a bill of $27 was posted in his regalia card statement within 90 days of usage.

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    2. Shobhit

      MMT icici card was not accepted and they asked a charge of 750 to be upgraded to 080 lounge.

      I went there yesterday. I dont know why MMT has been mentioned there.

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      1. Siddharth Post author

        Maybe MMT is selling lounge access as an add-on with flight tickets?

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  16. Manish

    Arey they accepting dreamfolks privilege card ? IDFC first wealth one I have

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  17. Rakesh

    SBI platinum debit card on visa network is accepted at the 080 lounge . For master network , not sure.

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    1. Rakesh

      Sbi platinum debit card on master network is not accepted. I checked it today.

      Reply
  18. PT

    They accept Visa Signature cards as well. Visited yesterday and used 2 Amex cards (Plat Travel) and 1 Citi Prestige to get access for 3 pax.

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  19. Amar

    Went there today – crazily crowded and staff weren’t smiling!
    Food, however, was great and truly the best among all Indian lounges.
    Funny thing they rejected my Axis Magnus Visa Infinite card but accepted SBI Prime Visa Signature card.

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    1. Rakesh

      Yes , I visited today . They rejected axis Magnus card but accepted bank of Baroda Eterna card.

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    2. Rakesh

      Yes axis Magnus card is not accepted. However BOB Eterna on visa network is accepted.

      Reply
  20. Charmi

    Hello, I see in the image that Axis Burgundy debit card is allowed. Does it still hold true and is it complimentary?

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  21. Sahil Prajapati

    I was initially told that this lounge is only for business class and first class ticket holders.

    Then I went again and told them I see it as free on my priority pass, and then they agreed otherwise they were sending me to the normal one right beside 080.

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  22. DR

    Curious whether all AmEx cards are accepted here or only some? I can’t get an AmEx card issued currently because of the ban but have a corporate AmEx card issued by my company. Traveling out of Bangalore soon and wondered if corp AmEx cards can be used for 080?

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    1. Abhi

      Visited 080 3h45m prior to departure, they requested me to come back when only 3hrs are left. So went to the older plaza lounge for an hour, they didnt care about my departure. An hour later I came back to 080. Used my RBL Signature+ DEBIT card, which essentially is a Visa Signature debit card, to get complimentary access. Occupancy was less than 5% past midnight. Almost half the folks that I noticed who tried their luck with 080, returned downstairs due to lack of complimentary access, and went to the plaza lounge. Few cards currently work complimentary at 080.

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    2. Abhi

      Amex Platinum Corporate card will give you complimentary access. Make sure your corporate one is Platinum. Among personal ones, MRCC, Gold and lower ones won’t have complimentary access either. You need to have Platinum Travel, Platinum Reserve, Platinum, Centurion, Amex Jetairways.
      Among non-Amex any Visa Signature Credit or Debit card should work (complimentary).

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  23. Bala

    Just used the lounge today. Please add IDFC Visa Signature Debit to the list of allowed cards.
    I used an IDFC+PP. Icici banks Dragon pass doesn’t work though so its a shame.

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