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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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Why Australian Airlines Are Up In Arms Over Thongs

April 3, 2015 at 5:49 PM | by | ()

This is no April Fool's joke.

On April 1, Qantas begin enforcing long-standing dress codes at the many Qantas Clubs, Business Class lounges, and First Class lounges in their Australian lounge network. Passengers who were turned away due to the tightened door policy include those wearing hi-ves workwear, T-shirts, shorts, and/or flip-flop sandals.

The policy, which requests/demands "smart casual" attire in the lounges, has left passengers confused, not to mention angry, when, at hot weather and vacation-popular airport like Brisbane, they've been turned away for wearing sandals. Qantas takes issue with what Aussies call "thongs," the casual beach footwear that bares most of the foot. Women's dressier sandals and, as far as we can tell, men's Birkenstock or Teva-style sandals do pass muster.

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Inside the Best Airline Lounge in South America

March 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

There's a sweet secret within the otherwise unremarkable terminal of Buenos Aires- Ezeiza International Airport. You see, EZE is somehow home to the nicest airline lounge in South America, the LAN Airlines VIP room.

The lounge is relatively new, having quietly opened in early 2013. Dark woods and soft lighting welcome travelers, tickets are checked at reception, and then guests walk a short hallway of periodicals and departure screens to enter the lounge proper. The first sight is a wall of wine, followed by separate areas for relaxing, dining, and working. Several Mac desktops are available, and a large communal work table is ideal for spreading out with a laptop and last-minute work. Bookshelves and dividers are the only walls, allowing the space to be cozy and semi-private at the same time as open and welcoming.

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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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Inside Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM | by | ()

In the world of premium air travel, there are a handful of what frequent flyers call “destination lounges.” These spaces, luxuriously appointed and exclusively for the use of the highest-paying passengers, are often an embarrassment of riches and, thus, completely worth spacing your travel with time enough to visit.

Qatar AirwaysAl Mourjan Business Class Lounge at Doha’s Hamad International Airport is the newest addition to the list of must-visit lounges, and with good reason. Not only is it massive (30,000+ sq ft!) and filled with features like designer furniture and its own lake, but the Al Mourjan lounge has entire semi-private rooms just for families and a full restaurant with such variety of food and drink as to make other lounges cry into their chex mix with shame.

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The 6 Must-Sees Inside Doha's $16 Billion Hamad International Airport

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 15, 2015 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

Fly from the US to Europe with a layover in the Middle East? How about a long-haul from Europe to Australia with a lunch of Arabic mezze in Qatar? This is the (near) future envisioned by the brand new, superlative city that is Hamad International Airport-DOH in Doha, Qatar.

The numbers behind the $16 billion(!!) project are appropriately gigantic; DOH can handle 8,700 passengers per hour, and has the space and infrastructure to see 50 million passengers annually through 65 gates once all phases are finished. 60% of the land the airport is built on was reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf, and in all that space passengers will find 22,000 sq m of retail, 15,000 sq m of dining, and a gobsmacking 80,000 sq m dedicated to the 16 lounges within the airport.

A simple layover may not be enough to fully enjoy all of Hamad International Airport, so we’ve done the legwork to name the highlights:

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Throwback Thursday: The Awesome Airplane Coach Lounges of the 1970s

December 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM | by | ()

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Before airlines considered the economy cabin worthy of nothing more than a seat 18" wide and about 8 peanuts as a complimentary snack, it used to be they would reward any passenger flying one of their newest planes with an in-flight lounge experience.

The onboard First Class lounges of the 1970s are things of legend, of course, but what about coach? On selected aircraft, they too enjoyed a dedicated space for enjoying in-flight diversions like gossiping, having a cocktail, card-playing and, in the case of American Airlines' 747-100 Coach Lounge, even piano-playing.

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Throwback Thursday: The First Airline Lounge Opened 75 Years Ago

November 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

This week we got a little restless and hopped down to Dallas for the day, with the express purpose of wandering around AA's C.R. Smith Museum, about a 10-minute drive from DFW Airport. We'll have more on it later since it is a very worthwhile diversion, but allow us to highlight their small exhibit on the history of airline lounges.

You see, American Airlines originated the ideas of airport lounges way, way back when commercial aviation was still in its infancy. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Admirals Club, the first of which debuted in December 1939 as the "Flagship Club" at what is now New York's LaGuardia Airport.

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Cincinnati Travelers Again Have a Reason to Smile, at Least a Little

November 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | ()

Why has the airline industry forsaken Ohio's airports? United de-hubbed Cleveland earlier this year. Delta progressively cut Cincinnati service to depressingly limited levels. Ultra-low-cost SkyBus said sayonara to its operations out of Columbus in 2008. Start-up JetAmerica never started up out of Toledo, and JetBlue ended its Columbus service almost as quickly as it begun. It seems as though Frontier and Spirit are the only ones still picking at the bones of Ohio routes, and both are typically last-choice airlines.

Every time a plane is tasked with an Ohio route, we imagine them whining, "do we have to?" Contrary to what it seems, there are still air travelers in Ohio! And one company is finally once again giving them something to smile about, with the opening of a new club at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport.

"The Club at CVG" is the seventh paid-entry lounge for Airport Lounge Development, Inc. All travelers at CVG, regardless of carrier, class of ticket or affinity membership, are welcome to enjoy 1,900 square feet of free snacks and beverages, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, bar service and business workstations. The per-person fee is $35, which bests other airline clubs by being $15 cheaper.

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The 5 US Airports Where You'll Find an American Express Centurion Lounge

November 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM | by | ()

We love love love to report on airline lounges here at Jaunted, mostly because they're mysterious spaces within the realm of that jet set style that's inspirational, but mostly aspirational. There's also the fact that airlines typically don't publish more than a basic, small photo of a lounge on their site, and it's difficult to gauge what to expect from a teensy-weensy thumbnail peek.

Our most recent obsession has been with a chain of lounges accessible to anyone with an American Express card&151;the Centurion Lounges. For what you lose in exclusivity (and it's obvious airlines these days aren't exactly keeping a tight door), the Centurion Lounges makes up for with amenities. We're talking open bar, comfortable tarmac-view seating with power outlets, complimentary hot food, and a shower suite.

Already we've walked you around the original Centurion lounge, in Las Vegas-McCarran International, but where else may a traveler relax in this airside paradise?

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The Best $50 We've Ever Spent at an Airport: Vegas' Amex Centurion Lounge

October 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM | by | ()

An empty airport can be a very loud place. Moving walkways squeak, the soundsystem blares with a soundtrack of Rihanna and Nickelback, a carpet cleaner steers his roaring machine ever nearer and, in the particular case of Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, slot machines on low volume still ring, ting, beep and buzz.

During a 10-hour overnight layover at LAS this last weekend, we were faced with a dilemma: pay a Friday night room rate (plus resort fee and taxi) at a Vegas hotel or suck it up and hunker down for the night on the floor at the airport. Partying was out—we'd just flown in from Hong Kong and our greatest desire was only for warm food and a few hours of horizontal-ness.

After settling for an Auntie Anne's pretzel dinner, we sauntered around the terminal on sleeping zone reconnaissance and, somewhere near the start of the D gates, we spotted our salvation in the form of a stark white wall and two doors of lapis lazuli blue. The American Express Centurion Lounge!

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Oktoberfest Celebrations at Airports Across the USA

September 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

One of the biggest festivals of the year is now underway in Germany but, if you’re stuck at home in the nifty fifty, there are still a few spots to celebrate Oktoberfest—even at the airport.

For example, we know that Lufthansa is all in when it comes to the seasonal celebration, and this continues at the airport as well. Senator and Business Lounges around the world, including those in the US (New York-JFK, Newark-Liberty, and Washington-Dulles, Detroit).

The lounge staff might not be in traditional dress like some of the cabin crew, but a few Oktoberfest treats will be added to the food and beverage selection.

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