We all know the traditional way of getting complimentary access to airport lounges through debit cards and credit cards. Now, a local cab operator OLA is trying to innovate the cab service by providing complimentary lounge access through its paid membership plan named: OLA Select.
What’s OLA Select:
- Monthly membership Fee: Rs.499
While the service has been there for a while, I got a chance to explore OLA select membership last month through a trial offer. You get top rated cab drivers most times and there is no peak pricing.
The benefits of Ola select are good for regular travellers who rely on cabs day & night. From my personal experience, Uber is always cheaper and better than OLA but this OLA Select makes me think twice.
Complimentary Airport Lounge Access With OLA Select:
One greatest and less spoken benefit of OLA Select is its Lounge Access feature. They’ve good set of lounges in domestic terminals and even a couple of F&b (Food and Beverage) outlets, which is unique when it comes to lounge access programs worldwide.
Here are the list of lounges with which you can get access with OLA Select membership,
- Bangalore – Above Ground Levell Lounge
- Chennai – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge
- Cochin – Earth Lounge
- Mumbai – GOOD TIMES (T1B), Costa (T2 – F&B Outlet)
- Delhi – Costa (T1 – F&B Outlet)
- Hyderabad – Moonson Bar
- Kolkata – Travel Club (TFS) Lounge
- Bhubaneswar – Mayfair Lounge
- Baroda – Port Lounge
- Trivandrum – Ruby Arena
- Raipur – Zesto Lounge
- Varanasi – Zesto Lounge
- Lucknow – Zesto Lounge
- Guwahati – Prive Lounge
- Jaipur – Club One Class Lounge (T2)
As you can see, its a decent set of lounges we have under the program and is indeed good to see a lot of newly opened lounges here that’s still not affiliated with Mastercard/Visa/Diners Club yet. But they must get into the list very soon as all these lounge access service in the country are outsourced to the same agency.
How to Get Lounge Access with OLA Select:
You need to share your unique access code at the lounge which can be obtained by clicking on the Ola Select Membership option in the Ola app menu. Then, OTP verification is done after which you will be allowed in.
- Daily Limit: Once per day (upto 2 hours)
- Monthly Limit: Unlimited (24 hours wait time after each access)
Unlimited?! Looks like someone is smiling 😉 Well, it seems to be currently unlimited with above restrictions.
How F&B Outlet Works: There seems to be separate menu with a certain limit. Ideally, you get one free meal from their partners which includes KFC, Vaango & Costa Coffee (at Mumbai airport). I’m waiting to try this!
For road warriors with at-least 10+ cab rides a month, its certainly one of the best way to get domestic lounge access benefit once you’re done with the quarterly limits on Visa/MC. The membership fee is also very much acceptable if you value the lounge access benefit as much as i do.
Has anyone availed the lounge access benefit with your OLA Select membership? Feel free to share your views in comments below.