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