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Inside the New Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX

July 31, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

Back in May, there was much fanfare about the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX’s Terminal 2. Special enough to mark 25 years of service between Heathrow and Los Angeles! Panoramic views! British art! Worthy of the new LAX, not the one all sane people despise! But finally, this month, we got a chance to look inside. Was it worthy of the Clubhouse (ie synonym for “insanely good”) name? Or was it a snazzier version of the basic little lounge in Vegas that both Virgin and BA, to their shame, use?

Fear not - it is a worthy addition to the Clubhouse fold.

The look:

It’s the light that hits you first - there are floor-to-ceiling windows along two sides of the Clubhouse (we didn't see the Hollywood sign, as Virgin promised in the bumph, but that may well have been because the sun had nearly set and we were staring at the planes right in front of us).

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The AMEX Centurion Lounge is Now Open at MIA

June 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM | by | ()

MIA just got a lot more, well, “so Miami.”

That is, the airport now has a new hard-to-access lounge where you can mingle with the moneyed set and enjoy cocktails and food from one of Miami’s best chefs. So, it’s just like the clubs and hotels of South Beach!

The good news is, you don’t have to be a club kid partying past 2 a.m. to hit up this lounge. It’s open from 5 a.m. so even if you have the first flight out, you can still enjoy some serenity and first-class amenities before you board.

The catch is that you’ve gotta have a good Amex, baby. The Centurion Lounge from American Express is complimentary for global Platinum Card and Centurion members who are visiting on the same day as a flight. If you don’t have the expense account, credit or stomach for the $450 annual fee that comes with the Platinum Card (or the $7,500 initiation fee and $2,500 annual membership fee for the Centurion Card), you can still access the lounge for $50 per day if you have a valid American Express credit or charge card. (That’s subject to capacity, of course.)

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American Airlines' New Lounge Design Hits the Mark

May 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

It's not often that we find ourselves saying that we actually enjoy a U.S. air carrier's choices for an airport lounge. But our tune might be changing after experiencing first-hand how American Airlines is taking their #NewAmerican mantra seriously. On a recent flight out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, we were pretty impressed by the fresh design and approach behind the sliding door of American's Admirals Club. It's all part of the carrier's larger rebranding strategy, which has also included overhauled menus, refreshed cabins, a plan for new uniforms, and now some lounges that are comfy enough for any frequent flier.

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Rolex Clocks and Terrace Views: Inside the Emirates Lounge at LAX

March 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | ()

This may be where you'll see Paris Hilton hanging out at LAX before she heads out to Dubai.

On Wednesday, Emirates Airlines officially unveiled their newest lounge on the 6th floor of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Open to Emirates' First and Business class passengers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, the lounge has an array of luxury amenities and services that you'd expect from Emirates. Below are some shots of the lounge, but keep reading to find out what's inside:

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United's United Club is Giving Their Lounge Food a Slight Upgrade

March 9, 2015 at 10:39 AM | by | ()

United Club, the airline's airport lounge brand, is upgrading and improving their food and beverage. But don't get too excited. Yes, it's better than their former offerings, however, it’s still very much lacking when compared to an international lounge.

Some of the new options include an oatmeal and Greek yogurt bar during the morning along with scones, cereals, and other goodies during breakfast. (Excited yet?) Different soups will make an appearance during the afternoon hours as well as hummus, salami and cheese, and something they’re calling a Mediterranean Salad—think wheat berries, peppers, tomatoes, and black olives. (See? We told you not to get too excited.)

These goodies will all be free for members, but they are thinking about offering up some food-for-sale options later this year.

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

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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