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

By | July 18, 2016

I happened to visit Chennai airport last week, by Mid July 2016 and was pretty impressed with the look and feel of the airport by itself. Even-though i heard bad stories about the Chennai airport in the past, the lounge was beyond my expectations and the first impressions were all great. This review is about the OLD TFS lounge (Near Gate 5).

  • 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
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Travel Club Lounge (Domestic) at Chennai Airport

I was with 2 of my friends and went straight into the lounge after security check. Lounge is on 3rd Floor and you need to take a lift to access it. There were less signage around but finally figured out the place and we got in. Me and my friends got access to the lounge with our Visa Signature Credit cards after a quick authentication.

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Travel Club Lounge Ambience and Food:

I hardly had 30 mins to spend in the lounge so i rushed up to have my breakfast as soon as i got in. They had perfect buffet breakfast as you see in any other 4 Star hotel in India. Starters, Main Course were all really tasty and i loved it. I selected “Milk coffee” in the coffee machine and it wasn’t good, but my friend had cappuccino and said it was much better.

Only drawback of this Lounge is that it was very much crowded and hard to get a seat with dining table, maybe because its the peak time. So we had breakfast from the couch. Hence i wasn’t able to take much snaps of the delicious food.

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They have Coke(tin) and other soft drinks like Tropicana in multiple flavors. You can possibly have unlimited soft drinks, simply you go pick up and have, no one asks. By the time we left the lounge, it was almost full and there were no free seats available to occupy. Wish the lounge was little bigger to accommodate the crowd.

Facilities at Travel Club Lounge Chennai Airport (Domestic) :

  • Wifi: Yes
  • Food: Yes – As good as 4 Star Hotel Buffet
  • Ambiance: Good interiors but crowded.
  • Recharge Station: Yes, most chairs fitted with 3 Pin Plugs to charge your devices.
  • Complimentary Access on: Visa Signature, MasterCard, Priority Pass, Diners Club
  • CardExpert Lounge Rating: 4/5

Overall, Travel Club Lounge is the best place to have some food in Chennai Airport before you board your Plane. Have you visited this lounge? 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.

31 thoughts on “OLD: TFS Travel Club Lounge at Chennai Airport Review (Domestic)

  1. Prashant Agrawal

    The TFS lounge at Chennai was my first lounge ever. And it set just the right expectations for the upcoming visits to the other ones. I usually go to airport early to enjoy some peace, food and recharge myself.

    P. S. I’ve always found those standees at entrance look so cool.

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  2. piyush

    my brother have hdfc allmiles card but I always use that card ,will be able to use the lounge

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  3. Gokul

    Siddharth,

    I have HDFC regalia card, i have an domestic trip this week.

    When I visit the lounge, Do i have to mention explicitly that i have Visa Signature Card and i’m visiting as part of Visa Signature Complimentary Lounge Access?

    Thanks,
    Gokul

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Just show your Regalia and they’ll take care of the rest 🙂

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      1. Gokul

        Thanks Siddharth, It worked. (SBI Corporate Visa Platinum card is also having lounge access)

        Have you heard about IDFC bank?…
        In my office, IDFC bank is promoting Salary accounts. Benefits as follows,
        1) Visa Signature card with no joining or issuance fee
        2) Unlimited Free ATM transactions – Any bank, Any location etc
        3) No Charges for any fund transactions
        4) Unlimited free DD
        5) Interest Bearing savings reimbursement account @ 4% interest, paid out quarterly

        Visa signature Card benefits
        1) Cash back offer on activation(10% cashback – max of 250)
        2) 250 off every month on Book My Show
        3) Personal accident insurance – free cover of 25L
        4) Lost card liability – 2.5L
        5) Purchase Protection- Burglary/theft/damage upto 90 days from date of purchase upto 1L
        6) Fuel surcharge waiver(any petrol pump)
        7) Airport lounge access(twice every quarter)

        Though the above offers looks good, this bank has only 3-4 branches in chennai. This is the main reason, I’m hesitate to move my salary account.

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          Glad it worked.
          Yes, i’m a shareholder of IDFC and i’m aware of its products 🙂
          Its truly a very good Debit card.

          Reply
  4. Mouli

    Shall I access this Lounge on arrival also ?
    How to find whether a Lounge is accessible only for Departure or both Departure and on Arrival also ?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      No, its Departure lounge. Almost all lounges in india are Departure type only, except in Delhi T3 terminal.

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      1. Rex

        But arrival lounge does not provide complimentary access through visa master card.

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  5. Dipti patel

    I have forgot my scarf and pkt at the lounge I have ch in at 1.19pm
    And check out ard 3.40pm
    On 20august
    Services excellent

    Reply
  6. oshail

    I have HDFC Priority Pass. Wondering how many people i can take along with me using my PP Card

    Reply
  7. Rahul Rajani

    Hi Siddharth !
    Im travelling from Chennai airport 1st time. Could you provide me the contact number of the lounge ?

    Reply
  8. saravanan K

    HDFC bank visa platinum card is accepted at lounge or not. Please clarify

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Everything is usually complimentary – as long as you’ve a card with access.

      Reply
  9. Prashanth

    Hello Siddharth !!
    I have a Visa signature card. I guess am allowed 2 free accesses per quarter. Will I be able to swipe twice, for a guest and myself ,during the same visit ?

    Reply
  10. Sonal

    Can I use my SBI platinum visa debit card…and is the membership compulsory. .

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  11. rex

    Hi Sid
    I visited this lounge(S) in December 2017. In fact there are two separate lounge with same name in Domestic Departure area.
    First is opposite to gate no-7 ( this is mentioned everywhere, be it ola select, visa, amex or master card lounge list). It is also accessed by Jet Airways and Air India business class passengers. This lounge is almost always crowed and is less spacious.
    Second Lounge is opposite to gate no-3. It can be accessed by all the cards which allows access to first one but business class passengers of Jet Airways and Air India are not allowed. This lounge is new and more spacious.

    Overall experience was good. Variety of soft drinks and juices were available in miniature packs. Veg and Non Veg Snack was of good taste. Strangely no dinner was served. According to staff only breakfast and launch is served as per schedule and all other times snacks is available.
    I spent more than 4 Hours in lounge without any issue.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Sounds great. Will check out soon 🙂

      Thanks much for sharing!

      Reply
  12. Suri

    Rex,
    Yes I visit this lounge every time I pass thru Chennai. Ask for Filter coffee at counter, and you will cherish it

    Reply
  13. K Viburajah

    Siddharth,
    What about HDFC Visa Signature in International Departure area in Chennai?
    I used it before and they stopped my international debit card access from Jan 2017.
    K V Rajah

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Should be accessible. There are 2 lounges now.

      Reply
  14. SK

    Hi Sid,

    TFS lounge was my first lounge visit, accessed thro amex plat reserve card. Food was really good. crowd was manageable as it was a morning flight. unlimited cool drinks . true. we had it.
    this was possible due to Card Expert.. more power to you.. cheers

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for the kind words.
      I checked the new TFS lounge last week and it was a classy one indeed.

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      1. Mouli

        Sid,
        I usually visit the domestic lounge in 3rd floor near gate 5.
        Where is the new TFS lounge ?
        Domestic or International ?

        Reply
        1. Siddharth Post author

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

          International:
          There are 3 lounges. Mentioned more abut it here

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          1. Mouli

            Sid,
            Thanks for the detailed info, is the new Domestic Lounge better than Old Lounge ?

    1. Mouli

      For domestic you can use as they won’t check and compare names
      For International , you can’t use

      Reply

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