Lounge Review: Chesapeake Club BWI Airport


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A few years ago, BWI had one lounge on the D-pier called Airspace Baltimore Washington International.  While Airspace has closed, and BWI still has one lounge now called the Chesapeake Club tucked away on the E-pier.

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The lounge caters to international flights at BWI which include British Airways and Wow airlines. The lounge is  part of the Priority Pass network meaning that’d I’d be able to access with my Priority Pass Select Membership, which is a benefit of my Platinum Card from American Express.
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The walk to the lounge had plenty of signs, but it was kind of dreadful. It felt more like you were trying to find a break room rather than a club lounge. But once inside, check-in was pleasant and efficient.

There are lots of smaller rooms to break up the seating areas.   The lounge  included a business center.   The rooms never felt crowded.

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Easily the best feature of the lounge is the bar area where the bar serves complementary premium coffee, cocktails, beer and wine, as well as light fare such as cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, a soup of the day, finger sandwiches and plenty of assorted snacks.  While it won’t be confused with five-star dining, there were plenty of options.

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IMG_0339Currently in the lounge is only open from 4 PM to 7 PM, but this is subject to change depending on the international flight schedule.

The club also has free wifi, newspapers/magazines, telephones, fax machines, television, and restrooms.

Bottom Line:

In November 2016 an interconnecting walkway opened between the D-pier and the E-pier making The Chesapeake Club more accessible to passengers flying on non-international routes. The D-pier includes Air Canada, Allegiant Air, Delta, JetBlue, Spirates, and United Airlines. Whike the hours of this lounge are very limited, I wouldn’t hesitate to go again if I had a little bit of extra time before an afternoon departure on the D-pier.

Have you been to the Chesapeake Club before? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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Comments

  1. I haven’t used BWI in over 10 years (IIRC), although it’s good to hear they added a walkway between the D and E piers for domestic travelers. Unfortunate that so many Priority Pass lounges have such limited hours, the PP lounge(s) at Washington Dulles were all closed while we waited for an early evening IAD-LHR departure on British Airways last October.

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