Winston Aldworth checks into the Plaza Premium Lounge at Kempegowda International Airport, in Bangalore

The arrival:

The lounge is near Gate 18, right next to the main atrium where there are some great duty-free shops for last-minute pashmina purchases. Pro tip: feign nonchalance and they'll throw in a cheaper scarf with your more expensive purchase.

Entry: As a Singapore Business Class passenger, I was able to take a plus-one from my very-much Economy Class travel buddies into the lounge with me. We'd just been exploring Southern India on an Adventure World tour.

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Star Alliance loyalty members can get in –

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