Lounges

Admirals Club Orlando: My Dreams Have Finally Come True

img_7334-1You have no idea how excited I am that there’s finally an Admirals Club in Orlando. I’ve been through this airport eight times in the past year and had exclusively flown American Airlines on these trips. And I’ve sat in the main rotunda every time waiting for my departure. Every trip I check out AA.com or Priority Pass (yes they have lounges at MCO but not plane side in Terminal B that I can go to) looking for a lounge I can use. And every time I’m denied. Well as luck would have it finally on April 14th my dreams had finally come true, an NEW ADMIRALS CLUB!!! YIPPEE. Continue reading

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American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas

 

I had a quick trip to the American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas. A few months ago. I was excited to finally make my first visit. On previous jaunts through LAS I was either running late or traveling via a different terminal so having time and being in the right terminal finally had its privileges.

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Review: Airspace Lounge Cleveland

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On a recent trip to Cleveland I had the opportunity to visit the Airspace Lounge. It was close to 6 PM and the lounge was dead. I was the only person there for the 30 or so minutes I was hanging out. Airspace Lounges are a private company not affiliated with any specific airline. But as an American Express Platinum card holder I had complimentary access. Continue reading

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Got Cash? Don’t Bother, Admirals Club To Go Cashless

 

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Well it looks like American Airlines Admirals Clubs will go cashless as of October 1st. I was at the St. Louis location this week and saw this sign in a couple different spots in the lounge. I can’t say I’m surprised, it’ll probably make reconciling nightly cash and monies from the bar and day passes way easier. I can’t imagine that the clubs bring in that much cash on a daily basis, and having to balance those funds has got to be a pain the butt.

In any event I’d call this a good thing it’s a minor change that I think most won’t notice. So make sure to bring your credit card to the lounge starting Thursday.

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It’s A Lounge It’s A Terminal It’s A Lounge- Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai Terminal 3

TRIP REPORT INDEX: AROUND THE WORLD IN FIRST ON THE A380

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The main entrance to the First Class Lounge Terminal 3

After a wonderful flight from San Francisco I had a little wait in Dubai. I had landed a little after 7 PM and had a glorious departure to Seoul at 2 AM. Yeah was I psyched!! Really I was not, this was a crummy time to have to hang around the airport or the city. I could have left the airport for 4 hours or so, but I’m not sure what I could have done after say 10 PM. I’m sure there’s stuff open, but I really didn’t do much research, and wasn’t in the mood to just wander around. Now if it was earlier in the day I would have for sure done that but with that late of a departure, I knew I would be tired soon and didn’t want to “find something to do”. The alternative was get a hotel either in the airport or outside, but again for the short duration, I was not keen on spending upwards of $150 USD for a bed. Continue reading

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Review: ANA Business Class Lounge- Narita

INTRODUCTION

Be sure to check out the introduction if you’re interested in reading about my Around-The-World Journey visiting six countries, flying over 42,000 miles in first class (except for two very short segments) and having the opportunity to experience Singapore Airlines Suites Class and Emirates First Class.

Review: ANA Business Class Lounge- Narita

After a short layover at the Narita Hilton I headed back to the airport for my flight to Shanghai-Pudong Airport. Because of my Star Alliance Gold status with United Airlines I had the opportunity to visit the ANA Business Class lounge. In Terminal 1 they have two lounges satellite 4 and 5, 4 is only for First Class guests and 5 has two sections (Business Class and Suites Class). In this case I went to 5 since I was in Business Class.

As Business Class Lounges go ANA at Narita some of my favorites. They are open and expansive, offer copious amounts of food choices, an incredible beer machine, and a killer noodle bar.

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The ANA Business Class Lounge

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Trip Report: United BOS-SFO First Class

Introduction

Trip Report: United BOS-SFO First Class

My very long journey to nowhere started out very early at Boston Logan Airport. I had a 6 AM flight, and was at the airport close to 4 AM. Surprisingly security was already open at that ridiculous hour and so was PreCheck, that was a huge bonus for me. I really hate having to disrobe and unpack to get through “normal” security I was out in a flash and ready to take on the airport. I’ve been here before but it’s been a long time, and I frankly can’t remember what terminal United was in but they are now in Terminal B. It’s entirely possible that they were in B before but since this section was recently remodeled and the United Club was moved to the second floor I’m guessing it’s a new space for them.

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Today’s departures from Terminal B

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Asiana First Class Lounge-Seoul Inchon

Asiana First Class Lounge-Seoul Inchon

Introduction

Cashing in my last 300,000 United miles

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

Flying First Class on Lufthansa Seattle-Frankfurt

Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

Flying First Class on Thai Airways also on the a380

Thai Airways Domestic Business Class -Bangkok to Koh Samui

Conrad Koh Samui Amazing Hotel, Less Then Amazing Service

The Cutest Airport in the world – Koh Samui

Asiana Regional Business Class- Bangkok to Seoul

Asiana First Class Lounge- Seoul Inchon

Asiana a380 Seoul to Los Angeles

Visiting Thailand and the island of Koh Samui

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The lounge view from the dining area

After a sleep filled flight from Bangkok to Seoul, we had eight hours to kill  at the airport We decided that the best place to do that would be in the Asiana First Class lounge. We arrived at 6 AM and our departure was around 2 PM. Upon arrival in the lounge we found many open sections. Although there were a few people in the lounge maybe 8, it was so large that it felt incredibly empty. In fact there was not one time that I ever felt crowded. It was an incredible departure from the Thai business class lounge we were at in Bangkok and most lounges in the US. Then again it’s a first class lounge, and you have to be flying on one of the Star Alliance first class flights to have access. Continue reading

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Koh Samui: The Cutest Little Airport In The World

Introduction

Cashing in my last 300,000 United miles

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

Flying First Class on Lufthansa Seattle-Frankfurt

Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

Flying First Class on Thai Airways also on the a380

Thai Airways Domestic Business Class -Bangkok to Koh Samui

Conrad Koh Samui Amazing Hotel, Less Then Amazing Service

The Cutest Airport in the world – Koh Samui

Asiana Regional Business Class- Bangkok to Seoul

Asiana a380 Seoul to Los Angeles

Visiting Thailand and the island of Koh Samui

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We loved this little airport is was so cute. It reminded me of what HNL was like in the early 80’s. I remember when I was 8 getting off a Pan Am flight on the tarmac and begin greeted with a lei. Although no lei’s here we did come straight off/on the tarmac, and the airport was open and just super cute. Bangkok Air petty much rules the place, but Thai, Silk Air and a couple other airlines have flights here weekly. Continue reading

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Review: Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

Review: Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

Introduction

Cashing in my last 300,000 United miles

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

Flying First Class on Lufthansa Seattle-Frankfurt

Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

Flying First Class on Thai Airways also on the a380

Thai Airways Domestic Business Class -Bangkok to Koh Samui

Conrad Koh Samui Amazing Hotel, Less Then Amazing Service

The Cutest Airport in the world – Koh Samui

Asiana Regional Business Class- Bangkok to Seoul

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.
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