Trip Report – Plaza Premium Lounge – Maldives Airport – Malé International (MLE)

This is part ten of a fifteen part trip report from my travels to the Maldives and Dubai. This picture report covers the Plaza Premium Lounge at Malé International (MLE) airport. We gained access with our First class Emirates tickets but would have been admitted with a business or first class ticket on the majority of airlines serving MLE.

The lounge was just average but it was a nice respite from the extremely packed airport and a nice place to rest after our rushed trip across the river to downtown Malé. It’s not all that big but it was quite empty with plenty of empty seating. Hot (stir fry, mac &  cheese, soups) and cold food, and drinks.  Excellent internet and multiple outlets.

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Once again, a word of warning. If you book your Emirates flights using miles from Alaska Airlines your tickets won’t show lounge access. You’ll have to explain to the agent that you are not traveling on a reduced or staff fare, but that you booked an award via Alaska Airlines. This was a common theme for us at LAX, DXB, MLE, and MXP. At MLE it was less than a two minute discussion at check-in.

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