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Oh Lei! Hawaiian Airlines is Spiffing Up Its Premier Club Lounges

February 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Leaving Hawaii is never easy, but at least your time at the airport might be that much more enjoyable thanks to the folks over at Hawaiian Airlines. They’ve always had a few lounges here and there across the island airports, but now they’re spending some cash to spiff them up for both tourists and locals alike.

All in all they’re upgrading and improving six of their Premier Club lounges, but up first was the one over at Honolulu International Airport—and it’s now open for business. Think the usual lounge offerings like free WiFi, plenty of power outlets, and free snacks and beverages.

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Which Airline Lounge Has a Damien Hirst by the Drinks Counter?

February 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Q: Which airline lounge has a real, authentic gen-yoo-ine Damien Hirst on the wall?

A: This may surprise you: British Airways.

Technically, it’s not surprising that BA has gone for artwork from a British artist, but we’d assume they’d go for something more square, and leave the Hirsts to Virgin Atlantic. Especially for their First Class Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5, where this is positioned nonchalantly, right by the drinks counter. First Class (or Gold Card holder) + stiff upper lip Brit = something less avant garde than Damien Hirst, surely?

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Is The Club Mobay Departure Lounge at Sangster International Airport Worth It?

January 12, 2015 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever flown out of Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, perhaps you’re still traumatized by the long, slow and sometimes chaotic security screening process. We were and wished we could zip right through the line and continue swilling rum and chilling out before heading back to reality.

So we tried out the Club Mobay Departure Lounge, billed as a service that expedites travelers through security and into a 14,000 square foot “first-class sanctuary” where snacks, booze and relaxation await. For a price that is: $30 per adult and $15 per child.

At the airport, we checked in at the Club Mobay desk and were escorted to security, where we (naively) assumed Club Mobay would have its own fast-track screening area. Instead, our guide ushered us to the front of the regular line and loaded our luggage onto the conveyor belt, cutting right in front of some understandably disgruntled passengers. We received varying degrees of glares as we mumbled apologetically and scurried through the scanner.

Two minutes later, however, we were ensconced in cushy seats with a stiff Mai Tai and a very drinkable chardonnay, surrounded by goodies and quite over any feathers we may have ruffled.

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Springhill Suites Wants to Put a Spring In Your Step Before Boarding

January 8, 2015 at 2:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

While we wouldn't quite tell nervous flyers to ditch their stash of Ativan before their next flight but Springhill Suites by Marriott is doing its best to help "soothe" travelers before they take off.

Back in October, the brand rolled out its Springhill Suites "Experience Zone" at Dallas Fort Worth Airport, just past security. The zone aimed to echo the hotel chain’s “calm, comfortable, relaxing and stylish spaces” by turning the stressful pre-boarding zone into a veritable oasis of soothing music, calming video projections, and comfy seating areas. (If Enya worked for the TSA, she’d be all over this.)

That was followed by another Experience Zone at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. And now visitors to Oakland International Airport can enjoy the same experience since a Springhill Suites Experience Zone has sprung up at the security checkpoint in Terminal Two, the Southwest Airlines terminal.

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Inside the New Oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX

September 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Freshly opened back in June, the new International Business Lounge within the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport is the result of a combined effort from Oneworld alliance partners Qantas, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. Located on level 5, it can accommodate up to 400 people and is open from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Earlier this month, we swung through to take a look around during an 8-hour layover from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Delta Brings In New Bits and Bites To The Sky Club

August 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to airline lounges, things here in the U.S. are leaps and bounds behind what’s being offered internationally. However, one major carrier's digs are getting a modest facelift, as Delta Sky Club has launched changes to its services. .

Delta’s airport lounges have always offered up complimentary snacks and beverages—even the alcoholic ones—but the latest upgrade and improvement is focused on the food. Please don’t expect waiter service, entrees, or tasting menus, but just last week the free bits and bites received little bit of an upgrade.

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Alaska Airlines' Pancake Machine Brings Breakfast Buzz to US Airports

July 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

There seems to be a little bit of buzz coming out of the Alaska Airlines Board Room, and it all has to do with a little bit of breakfast. Like plenty of airport and airline lounges the folks at Alaska Airlines put out a little bit of a morning spread, but here there’s also a little bit of breakfast technology hard at work.

The lounge’s pancake machine is well known, and after making its debut at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the contraption has also found a home in Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Portland as well. You’ll need to access the Alaska Airlines Board Room to check things out, and thankfully they’re offering $10 off a day pass through the end of the month—that’s just $35 for the day.

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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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