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San Diego's Newest Airline Lounge Welcomes One and All for Peace and Quiet

June 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your travels to and through San Diego just got that much better, as there’s a new airport lounge now doing its thing at the airport. Airspace Lounge is a pay-to-play rest and relaxation zone for any and all travelers, so there’s no need to be a frequent flyer or hold some kind of special credit card to gain entry—although those with an American Express Platinum Card can visit for free.

The new lounge does its thing between Terminal 2 East and West at San Diego International Airport, and its location should be convenient for those traveling with as many as 12 different airlines.

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The Newest Fancypants Airline Lounge Amenity Will See You in HEL

Where: Finland
May 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we think of awesome airport lounge experiences, our mind typically turns to big, bad international carriers like Lufthansa or Cathay Pacific. However, there's no reason to overlook the smaller major carriers from other regions, such as Finnair, especially now that the airline is installing a full-fledged sauna right into the hustle and bustle of the terminal.

Finnair just released details on their new premium lounge at their home in Helsinki, schedule to open its doors on July 1, which is perfect timing to delight the summer tourist rush to Scandinavia.

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Do the Current Airport Nap Options Leave Out the Budget Traveler?

February 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (2)

Over the past few years, we've reported on the increase in opportunities for private naps and showers popping up at airports across the globe. Just yesterday, we told you about an opportunity in Vancouver, and we've also dished on other ways to rest and refresh during layovers, including Napcabs, Sleepboxes, and Yotels.

The quality these havens vary and thus, so does the price. In some cases, admission is included in business class tickets, but those flying economy are on their own. Some have different minimum lengths of stay, while others will let you rent by the hour. In the case of Napcab, rates start at about 10 Euros an hour.

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Singapore Airlines Hopes You Won't Be Able to Tell You're in an Airport Lounge

Where: Singapore
December 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (2)

Singapore Airlines is consistently ranked tops for luxury when it comes to their planes, service, and even their airport lounges. After this summer's announcement of a major update for seats in all cabins, it was only a matter of time until the carrier announced plans to similarly freshen up the environment of the lounges.

SIA unveiled the new concept for their airport oases at Sydney International. Tucked behind a customized batik screen and designed by ONG&ONG, the SilverKris lounge is modeled to convey a sense of "home away from home" with living room, kitchen, and dining room areas.

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Trade Frequent Flyer Points for Fine Wines at Qantas' Sydney Lounge

December 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spending a little quiet time in an airport lounge is a perk only a fraction of travelers enjoy from time to time. Even then, it's even rarer to find a lounge with the big three: complimentary food, booze, and comfy chairs. That's why we highlight Qantas' Sydney lounge, and its new adventure in fine wine tasting.

Australians think their wines are among the tastiest and oenophiles around the world are increasingly agreeing, so it makes sense that the Red Roo is giving the opportunity to sample some of the best bottles from their own land. The airline's Business Class Lounge in Sydney now features a vending machine that dispenses sips (and also full pours) of Aussie reds and whites.

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Left or Right? Exploring the Newest Oneworld Lounges at Paris' CDG Airport

Where: Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France
October 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris doesn’t have the best reputation for a number of reasons. There's the confusing layout, poor signage, and brusque French staff to name a few. Escaping to an airline lounge can help make many a journey more pleasant, and over the last few years the improvement works at CDG have included new lounges for both American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, two options for those flying with any Oneworld alliance partner.

We recently flew through Paris and had a chance to explore both lounges to see what’s what. The good news is that no matter which of the two you find yourself in, they are a major improvement from before. Literally next door to each other, both are now exterior facing and have windows for walls, giving views across the apron and one of the runways. The left door leads to the Admirals Club, and the right to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class lounge.

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Everyone in the Club Gettin' Tipsy on New Drink Options

September 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Your next layover just got a little bit better, as United is bringing some improved adult beverages to their United Club locations across the country. We recognize that sometimes any drink is just as welcome as a good drink, but an improved selection certainly can’t hurt things.

According to the Chicago Business Journal United is most interested in expanding their beer offerings, as they’re looking to get into the microbrew and local scene. In total they will be ordering kegs and bottles from a whole bunch of new breweries, as in total the airline will offer 27 different beer brands to their airline clubs across the United States.

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Now Find the 'New Look' United Club at San Diego Airport

August 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to travel there’s new hotel smell, new airplane smell, and of course—the scent that started it all—new car smell. If you’re into the fresh and crisp odor of chemicals, paint, and industrial adhesives—we mean that in a good way—look no further than San Diego. The folks over at United have just finished putting the last bits and pieces together on a brand new airline lounge.

Just last week the latest United Club debuted over at Terminal 2 within San Diego International Airport. It’s the third one to offer up United’s new look and take on the airline lounge idea, so expect things to look and feel a little different—in a good way.

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Savor One Last Sip of Scotch at British Airways' New Whisky Bar

May 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flying through Glasgow? Like Whisky? You're in luck! Thanks to a match-made-in-heaven partnership between British Airways and Pernod Ricard, some travelers passing through Glasgow International Airport who prefer a scotch on the rocks (or served any other way) will be treated to special Whisky Bar and Snug.

Located in BA's Executive Lounge, passengers lucky enough to gain entry to the lounge can settle back with a stiff one in the special section devoted to the national drink of Scotland. The Glenlivet Whisky Bar is just part of the $1.2 million the airline forked over to refurbish the lounge.

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JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK is Getting a Lounge! With Showers! And Free Booze!

February 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hot breakfast sandwiches. Free WiFi. A power outlet for each comfy chair. A slick bar stocking all the good stuff for complimentary cocktails. Cheese plates. Private restrooms with showers. Macbooks.

Hello, this is airport heaven.

Though it kinda sounds like we've been describing an ultra-premium airline lounge for elite flyers at some exotic international airport, all this is in fact coming to a new lounge within Terminal 5 at New York-JFK, aka the home of JetBlue. It's to be called Airspace, and travelers will find it come May 2013 after security, near Gate 24.

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'The Club At SJC' is an Airport Lounge for All in Silicon Valley

January 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Usually airport lounge access requires some kind of elite frequent flyer status, annual membership, or a fancy pants first class ticket. However, once in a while we see a lounge that’s open to one and all, as long as you’re willing to pay for the privilege. That appears to be the case with the latest airport oasis over at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, as they just opened the doors on what they're calling The Club at SJC.

Things opened up to passengers and travelers for the first time last week, as the airport hopes to offer up an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the terminal. The Club at SJC is located up on the third floor of Terminal A, and it sits across from Gate 15 ready for you to come and visit. Its location is great for those heading out of town on those 787 flights over to Tokyo—whenever those return to the skies.

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United Increases Club Fees, Secures Their Place in the Past

January 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've already mentioned the flashy new United Club design the airline just revealed to wow passengers. We should have guessed it would have been only a matter of time that the prices to access it would increase. Somebody has to pay that $50 million bill, right?

The standard membership is now $500, up from $475. If you are a regular frequent flyer and have some status, you will pay a little less. Premier Silver members will pay $475 and Premier Gold members will see even more of a break to $450. The second highest, Premier Platinum, will have to fork out $425 and even the top-tier 1K elites need to pay $400 for the year. The option for a 3 year discounted membership will be discontinued.

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