How do you get free access?
I am not on a wind-up. Amex Gold is free for the first year. You get two lounge passes with each cardholder. If you have a partner you utilise the Amex card so that one of you has it for 6 months, refers the second (the first cancels) the second then refers the first after 6 month have lapsed. Be organised and you get 4 passes a year over 2 cards (double if you take a supplementary card route) and pay no fees, plus you get the Avios for each referral. Or, as I said in my first post, simply buy the right ticket. Buy a J and get the perks that ticket affords you. If you cannot afford a J ticket then buy it using the Avios you've collected - via the various methods. FWIW I prefer to pay for my Amex and whilst the fee might be large for some, for us it gives more than itself many times over in the value of the services it gives us. Horses for courses. Either way, paying £26 for any lounge is ridiculously poor value.
Have you ever been to a restaurant other than McDonalds? If the answer is yes, is it because you wanted to feel above the riffraff who go to McDonalds? Or is it because you wanted somewhere with nicer food, better atmosphere and was more comfortable?
You're obviously on a wind up - please tell me where you can get lounge access with food and drink for free. And please don't say AMEX - because it has an annual fee - unless you get the first year free. But after that first year you will have to pay the annual fee anyway.
I'm sure he had a wonderful time in a prison cell in a foreign country,that's after being dragged off the plane by armed police.