Last month my wife and I got to see Adele in the SPG suite at The o2 Arena in London. For me this was an incredibly decadent way to redeem my SPG points for an event that I would normally not be able to buy tickets for. Starwood, has a really cool redemption option called SPG Moments where you can redeem your points for concert tickets (like these), baseball, hockey and even other events. Two years ago I even redeemed them for two luxury box seats at Wrigley Field to see a Giants game and it was INCREDIBLE. Continue reading
Review: Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt
Asiana a380 Seoul to Los Angeles
Visiting Thailand and the island of Koh Samui
Wow what a flight we had on Lufthansa 491 from Seattle to Frankfurt. Once we landed we were greeted at the tarmac by a driver and a Mercedes Benz minivan. Unfortunately we arrived at a remote apron, so we had to bus/drive to the terminal. Thankfully being in first has perks on the ground too and that’s why we had a car waiting for us. There were two cars based on whether you were ending or connecting. Since we were connecting, we were sent to the terminal and then dropped off. My only pet peeve, the driver had no idea where to send us form there, we were left on our own. Since we had a 4 plus hour layover, our fight was not on the board, we had to find an agent to tell us what terminal to go to. I know first world problems here. In our case we lucky this was our terminal.
After going through security to get back in the terminal, we were left to our own devices. I know that we had lounge access but I didn’t know if it was the Lufthansa Senator lounge of the Lufthansa First Class Lounge. I figured we roll the dice and try the latter first. Worst case scenario they’d kick us out and send us on our way. Because we were traveling onward on another Star Alliance carrier in First, I thought we would not have access, so to my very happy surprise we we’re allowed in. Yippee!!
I was truly surprised in how nice this place was. Besides having a dining area with self-serve food, with some really amazing options. Including freshly sliced prosciutto and fresh made Nutella. They also had a cigar lounge, bathroom suites and an incredible bar selection. I was blown away. I’ve been very lucky to have visited The Private Room four times in Singapore, which is a lounge within a lounge within a lounge. As well as the Cathay Pacific First class lounges in Hong Kong and the Qantas First Class international lounge in Sydney to name a few. These are some of the best in the world from what I understand, but the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Frankfurt took the cake. Every amenity I just mentioned was free here, it was just incredible.
Ok so like an idiot I forgot to take a picture of the actual sign to the Lounge, this was the best I could do.
It’s the one leading up to the shower suites.
I recently traveled to Dublin for the night and on my return trip home I had a chance to visit the DAA Executive Lounge at Terminal 1. It’s a contract lounge meaning that many airlines, and alliances utilize this facility and based on your status or class of service and what airline you’re flying you can gain access to this facility. In some cases airlines will provide you an invitation card at check in that will allow you access. In my case I was flying British Airways and as an Executive Platinum on American Airlines or Emerald One World status I was able to access the lounge. But at check I when I asked about lounge access the BA agent had no idea if I would get access nor would she give an invitation. No worries thought I was easily able to get in though.
At terminal one there appears to be two sets of security lines, one for premium passengers and one for the rest of the guests. The lounge itself is located after security and to the left of the premium security line. So once through security look for signs pointing to the lounge. Continue reading
As part of my whirlwind mileage run to Dublin Ireland last month I had the opportunity to sit in Business Class on the newish American Airlines 77W from London to Los Angeles. I had booked an elcheapo ticket thanks to the FLIGHTDEAL and their dogged approach to finding the best and cheapest flights worldwide. In any event thanks to them I had this great deal and then used one of my eight hard-earned upgrade coupons to bump myself up to Business.
Upon boarding the plane I took a seat in 9k. This plane offers four classes of service. First Class with two rows (8 seats) in a 1-2-1 configuration with all seats offering direct isle access. Business Class has 52 seats also in 1-2-1 configuration and also direct isle access, there is a min cabin too and it offers a private feel and only 8 of the total Business Class seats. The balance of the plane has Main Cabin Extra and Economy Class. If you want a review on that products check out my review here. What I love about the Business Class seat, is that they offer a pretty darn private seat and environment. Since the seats are in a reverse herringbone pattern, the seats on the window angle towards them, and the ones in the middle angle tword each other, so with this type of setup you have a private space to call your home for the next 10 hours as was the case for me. If you’re traveling with someone else and want to talk to them the middle seats are best.
13 months after my first visit to Dublin, Ireland I went back for one glorious day. Yes that’s right one day. While wandering the city, here are some of the sights and foods I had that I just had to go back and do again.