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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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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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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How Japanese Airline Lounges Always Pour Perfect Beers

Where: Japan
September 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airline lounges are more than just comfy sofas, free wifi, and delicious food. Many lounges (mostly outside the United States) pull out all the stops when it comes to amenities for the relaxation of their frequent flyers, including in the beverage department.

Recent stops in both Japan Airline's Sakura Lounge at Tokyo-Narita and ANA's International lounge at Tokyo-Haneda had us decompressing in a thoughtful and welcoming space with plenty options for fill our bellies and imbibing at the self-pour bar. While there isn't a bartender to mix your drink for you, there is a unique server in the form of a special beer machine placed just next to the vodka, gin and whiskey.

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Iberia Hopes Your Nose Notices a New In-Flight Scent

August 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing is worse than sniffing an unexpected scent when traveling in the confinement of an airplane’s cabin, but a couple airlines have decided to romance passengers through their noses with a signature cabin scent. They’re not installing some kind of air purification system or planning on cracking a window; this scent is pure eau de airline, and British Airways was the first to experiment with the concept back in 2011.

New for 2014, BA's partner airline Iberia plans to do the same with a brand new customized scent. It’ll be known as Mediterraneo, and will boast accents of lemon, citrus blossoms, vanilla, rose, and jasmine—among other hints.

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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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Can a Gelato Bar Entice Travelers to Book Business Class?

Where: Australia
August 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flying can be exhausting, even if your itinerary involves lie-flat seats in the front of the plane. As such, you can imagine our jubilation when we passed by a low freezer case filled with creamy gelato goodness during some downtime in Qantas' Business Class lounge at Sydney International.

Along with the standard free-pouring champagne, hot dinner and bountiful desserts, the Red Roo's lounge serves up the icy treat for passengers traveling on international flights in Business Class (or holding Oneworld Sapphire status). Ice cream is a lovely little luxury, perfect to be present in a lounge for a level of luxury travel.

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Inside the Air Canada Maple Leaf International Lounge at Toronto's Pearson Airport

Where: Toronto, Canada
August 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

As a major Air Canada hub, Toronto-Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is well outfitted with lounges for the airline's premium travelers. Aside from a Maple Leaf lounge for domestic Canadian flights and another dedicated to Transborder (Canada-USA) travel, YYZ boasts a spacious International Maple Leaf Lounge located in Terminal 1, Concourse F.

Elite Air Canada flyers and those holding Business Class tickets are privy to the free WiFi, modern and comfortable seating, complimentary hot food, snacks, beverages, and alcohol (including all the ingredients for a great Bloody Mary), plus private shower rooms.

Since Air Canada is proud of their status as one of the founding members of the Star Alliance, you can also bet that elite travelers on other Star Alliance international flights (and holders of Star Alliance Gold status) will be welcomed into the classy digs.

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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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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Eggs Royale in the Qantas First Lounge

June 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

It's true--this yummy airline meal wasn’t technically eaten on a plane, but rather in the Qantas International First Class Lounge at Sydney-Kingsford Smith airport. That said, it was too good not to report on, several years after the lounge opened to much fanfare.

While some of the furniture could use a spruce up, we still make extra time when our travels take us through here, and the food has been - and is - right up there when it comes to why we do. The waiter-served restaurant, overseen by Neil Perry, actually lives up to its claims of serving restaurant-quality food. The Eggs Royale we had were delicious, and with a tea and orange juice the perfect way to start our day and ready ourselves for a long-haul flight.

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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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Here's Your Chance to Sit in a British Airways Concorde Seat

Where: London Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom
June 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

The chances of any of us that didn’t fly Concorde back in the day to experience what it was like to fly Mach 2 on the iconic plane are slim to none. Supersonic travel shows no signs of resurgence, and even if it were coming back, we doubt the original Concorde would be part of it.

While you can see a stationery Concorde in a number of places, there is one airport plenty of travelers pass through where you can still sit in a Concorde seat, even if it is before you get on a plane and take off. We're referring to London’s Heathrow Airport or, more specifically, British Airways' appropriately named Terminal 5 flagship lounge, the Concorde Room.

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