NEW: TFS Travel Club Lounge at Chennai Airport Review (Domestic)

By | April 9, 2018

The Chennai Airport domestic departures has 2 lounges, one being the TFS lounge which everyone might be aware of. Other one is the new lounge, opened in 2017, which is less known to many and so less crowded comparatively. This review is about the new TFS lounge (Near Gate 1) which also accepts all cards, just like the other.

  • New TFS Lounge: Pass security and take right – Near Gate 1, 3rd floor
  • Old TFS Lounge: Pass security and take left – Near Gate 5, 3rd floor

TFS Travel Club Airport Lounge Chennai – Entrance

TFS Travel Club Lounge at Chennai Airport:

Check-in:

I’ve been to this lounge multiple times, got access once using the Business class ticket issued by Vistara and other time using an Amex Card. Checkin was smooth and fast. I also saw an old lady get-in using Digital Priority Pass on her iPhone, which was validated in a blink of an eye.

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Priority Pass

Seating & interiors:

The lounge has one of the best modern interiors with variety of seating options spread across the lounge. Its typically divided into 3 sections,

  1. As you enter, you see a straight comfy lounging area to sit and relax, with some drink by side.
  2. The middle area is primarily for dining and has dining tables and chairs spread across.
  3. The last area contains high stools which can also be used for dining and it overlooks the departure gates.

You would be lucky if your gate is nearby. So you can see when they start boarding and leave the lounge accordingly. The lounge anyways has the display if you want to know the flight status. It also has a silent TV with News being played on it. Have a look at the wonderful interiors:

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Lounge Area 1

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Lounge Area 2 side

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Area 3 Overlooking gate

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – High Stools

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Comfy seating (getting older)

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Magazines

Food & Service:

I had been to this lounge both during breakfast and lunch hours. Breakfast options are decent, can have more options though and for lunch I was impressed to see soft chapattis and tasty curry.

The service is also good whenever you want it. That being said, expect some lounge guys to approach you for an Amex airport offer. They also have a bar area and you’ve an option to avail the alcoholic drinks on paid basis.

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Food

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Sandwich

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Snacks

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Fruits

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai – Bar Area

Filter Coffee:

If you’re visiting the lounge, you shouldn’t miss the filter coffee served here. As Chennai and the nearby Kumbakonam is famous for the filter coffee, its good to see it in the lounge – an idea that needs great appreciation.

The taste is 10X better than the one we get from coffee machine, even the Starbucks coffee stands nowhere to this taste. I wish there is filter coffee in every lounge around the world. It just needs some marketing 🙂

TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai Airport – Filter Coffee

Facilities at TFS Travel Club Lounge Chennai Airport (Domestic) :

  • Wifi: Yes
  • Food: Yes, decent spread
  • Ambiance: Nice modern interiors.
  • Recharge Station: Yes
  • Complimentary Access to: Visa SignatureMasterCardPriority Pass, Diners Club, Amex
  • CardExpert Lounge Rating: 4.5/5 

Bottomline:

As i’ll be flying in and out of Chennai very often after Salem Airport got its connectivity to Chennai, this lounge helps me very much during my transit.

Overall, its a very nice lounge to spend your free time at chennai airport and to have a tasty filter coffee. I would rate it as one of the best airport lounge in the country, next to Above Ground Levell Lounge at Bangalore.

Have you been to this new TFS Travel Club lounge and tried the Filter Coffee? Feel free to share your experiences in comments below.

Author: Siddharth

A Credit Card freak minting reward points and cashback for years, started adding Airmiles in recent times. Obsessed with aviation, airport lounges and luxury travel at affordable cost.

36 thoughts on “NEW: TFS Travel Club Lounge at Chennai Airport Review (Domestic)

  1. Vinod Kannan

    Hi Siddharth,
    I used to take my flights from Chennai Every Month, but I did not know about this lounge till now. Once a lounge executive told me abou a separate lounge for mastercard holders on the right side of the airport. But i did not want to go there since i thought it wouldn’t be a great lounge since he told it was specifically for all mastercard holders. Now i will try this out on my next visit to the airport.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes, they initially used to accept only Mastercard but now they accept all.

      Reply
  2. Captain Bishuddha Bharatiya

    Gorgeous lounge .
    1. Is it bigger than Bangalore’s Above Ground Level lounge ?
    2. You said ” expect some lounge guys to approach you for an Amex airport offer . ” So amex is also selling cards in lounges ?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      1. No
      2. Yes, Amex Airport offer is there for past many years. Usually they’ve a stall, though this is the first time i saw lounge staff sell the cards.

      Reply
  3. SK

    thats good. i have my travel plan this month. let me try this lounge.

    Reply
  4. ARJUN

    Hi Siddharth, is Mastercard cutting down on their lounge access programme in terms of number of lounges you can access. The new T&C in HDFC Regalia, effective April 2018 seems to suggest so. Will this affect other bank partnerships as well?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      The said changes doesn’t seem to be live yet. Let me explore it this week and update if i notice any changes.

      Reply
    2. ravi

      It is indeed true. ABL denied entry to Regalia on 31st March stating, from that day its effective.
      The HDFC terms and conditions say specific to Regalia. Dont know if it is common for all mastercard variants.
      The new list of mastercard lounges for Regalia includes only Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkatta, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Only Plaza premium lounge, just lie Visa

      Reply
  5. SH

    Ok, will make a point to visit this lounge – if nothing else, just for the filter coffee.

    Nice review, and great snaps.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks! Happy lounging with filter coffee. 🙂

      Reply
  6. Arul

    I will visit this week and share my experience about Coffee.

    Reply
  7. Dwij Sukeshkumar Sheth

    Do they accept Rupay platinum still as the offer seems to have ended on 31st march and via helpline it is still not clear if they are renewing it, can you please confirm the same

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Will be travelling this week. Will keep you posted, meanwhile, you may call to lounge directly for current scenario.

      Reply
  8. Mouli

    I visited this lounge last Friday and they compared my name in Credit Card and Boarding pass, First time I am seeing this comparison in Domestic Lounge.
    Menu is same in both the lounges near Gate 3 and this one

    Reply
  9. Vinod Kannan

    Siddharth,
    In the Gate 3 TFS Lounge also they market Amex cards. One lounge staff approached me by asking which Airline am i taking and he proceeded by informing me about Jet Platinum and Platinum Travel Card.

    Reply
  10. Ameya

    Siddharth,
    I travelled to Chennai extensively for past 7 months (every week in and out of Chennai) and I was one of the few customers who visited this Lounge from its opening.
    However, my experience regarding this Lounge is far from pleasant as described by you, mostly related to food and service. The food was pathetic and the spread was minimal at the most.
    Hence I used to always go to the TFS Lounge on the left as it had delicious food (although they don’t change the menu for 15 days!).
    Last month I visited this lounge (TFS Right) and was pleasantly surprised to see the same quality of food being served has matched its sister concern.
    The TFS Left has become so congested, it was a breath of fresh air when the TFS Right has matched it in terms of space and food quality

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for sharing your experience with this lounge. Yes, the food spread is the only thing they need to focus on, to get 5/5 rating 🙂

      And this is the only less crowded lounge i’ve seen in recent times.

      Reply
  11. Arul

    I have visited on last week, It was less crowded (visited @ 6AM) when compare with plaza premium lounge t3 delhi (visited last Sunday @5PM).

    Both tfs and plaza premium lounge are just OK in terms of food option and taste. I had pan to go AMEX lounge in t3 delhi but no time.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes, plaza premium lounge t3 is more crowded/noisy than airport area itself. Bad for lounging. Just good if you wanna have some snacks, then leave.

      Reply
  12. Mouli

    Important Update:

    Now they started comparing the name in the credit card and boarding pass in domestic lounge also , only if it matches they are allowing inside the lounge for free access

    When I visited the new TFS lounge last time (April 6th) they did this check for the first time in Domestic lounge
    Yesterday my friend visited the lounge in Chennai and they did the check and denied access to his wife and he finally paid to his wife

    This check is implemented recently (within a month) so now domestic lounge is like a international lounge and henceforth you cant use Friends , Family members card for lounge access.

    Plz update regarding other domestic lounge regarding the same

    Reply
  13. Madhukanchi

    HDFC Regalia First and Regalia card Master card variants can now access only lounges in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad only. This is updated in the List of lounges in HDFC website, respective card details

    Reply
  14. Joseph

    Hi guys
    Does anyone know the Timings of this lounge.
    Have a flight out at 7am coming up. Will reach airport around 5am.. Was hoping to get some rest and food…

    Reply
  15. PM

    Visited this lounge in the morning couple of days ago and it was a pleasant experience. Breakfast was nice with plenty of options, and yes, the filter coffee was amazing. Thanks Siddharth for writing the review.

    Reply
  16. Siddarth

    A good post as always. I recently had a chance to fly out of Chennai and used this lounge. I think the elevator to this lounge is closer to gate 3 than it is to gate 1. But that been said, this is definitely better than the old lounge opposite gate 5.The lounge functions 24 hours a day. It costs around 1000 rupees if you don’t have access through your cards. They check for the name in the card . You cannot use one of your cards to give access to other guests. The food was decent but the filter coffee that I badly wanted to taste wasn’t available. Maybe I went in the wrong time. Overall, it was a great experience.Also, if you get in using your card, you are allowed to use the lounge for a maximum of 2 hours instead of 3.

    Reply
  17. Milind Dambe

    Hi Siddharth, Milind here from Pune
    We had RBL signature world mastercard card…how this card is operated in Chennai airport lounge….is it really complementary ? Is snacks free at lounge and how many of us can enter on single card please be kind to reply…is it really Free of cost?

    Reply
  18. Sathish

    hi,

    I dont have any credit cards with me , but I want to access this lounge, to try it and see….May i know what will be the price to be paid per person for entry..??

    Can somebody let me know about the price info..!!

    THanks

    Reply
  19. K Ghosh

    I am now writing this message sitting at this lounge. Really enjoying the food here. All thanks to Siddharth for the info 🙂

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Cool. Visited this lounge again a week back. Its still good with less crowd!

      Reply
      1. K Ghosh

        Yeah. Less crowd even in peak time and I was also approached by 3 amex guys!
        Missed the filter coffee though 🙁 it wasn’t available during my visit.

        Reply

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