As a travel writer, I don't fly first class, or even business for that matter. I pay for my fares anywhere. I pay for hotels, food, anything a tourist would pay for. But loved my first class fight, and I recommend it if you can spare the dough.
Airport lounges are often touted as the ultimate relaxation area, a place where all the goodies are free and unlimited, whether that's the Wi-Fi, the wine or both. Unfortunately, there are a few barriers to entry otherwise they couldn't otherwise retain their allure and mystique.