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Flying through Glasgow? Like Whisky? You're in luck! Thanks to a match-made-in-heaven partnership between British Airways and Pernod Ricard, some travelers passing through Glasgow International Airport who prefer a scotch on the rocks (or served any other way) will be treated to special Whisky Bar and Snug.
Located in BA's Executive Lounge, passengers lucky enough to gain entry to the lounge can settle back with a stiff one in the special section devoted to the national drink of Scotland. The Glenlivet Whisky Bar is just part of the $1.2 million the airline forked over to refurbish the lounge.
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Hot breakfast sandwiches. Free WiFi. A power outlet for each comfy chair. A slick bar stocking all the good stuff for complimentary cocktails. Cheese plates. Private restrooms with showers. Macbooks.
Hello, this is airport heaven.
Though it kinda sounds like we've been describing an ultra-premium airline lounge for elite flyers at some exotic international airport, all this is in fact coming to a new lounge within Terminal 5 at New York-JFK, aka the home of JetBlue. It's to be called Airspace, and travelers will find it come May 2013 after security, near Gate 24.
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Usually airport lounge access requires some kind of elite frequent flyer status, annual membership, or a fancy pants first class ticket. However, once in a while we see a lounge that’s open to one and all, as long as you’re willing to pay for the privilege. That appears to be the case with the latest airport oasis over at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, as they just opened the doors on what they're calling The Club at SJC.
Things opened up to passengers and travelers for the first time last week, as the airport hopes to offer up an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the terminal. The Club at SJC is located up on the third floor of Terminal A, and it sits across from Gate 15 ready for you to come and visit. Its location is great for those heading out of town on those 787 flights over to Tokyo—whenever those return to the skies.
We've already mentioned the flashy new United Club design the airline just revealed to wow passengers. We should have guessed it would have been only a matter of time that the prices to access it would increase. Somebody has to pay that $50 million bill, right?
The standard membership is now $500, up from $475. If you are a regular frequent flyer and have some status, you will pay a little less. Premier Silver members will pay $475 and Premier Gold members will see even more of a break to $450. The second highest, Premier Platinum, will have to fork out $425 and even the top-tier 1K elites need to pay $400 for the year. The option for a 3 year discounted membership will be discontinued.
Frequent flyers rejoice...particularly in Australia. The folks over at Qantas have decided to add some more bells and whistles to their havens within the airport, if only to show off against that hot dog cart Air New Zealand's got.
For those of you that prefer to escape the hustle and bustle that comes with travel, the Red Roo has announced some changes to the domestic lounges. It's important to remember, however, that Qantas offers passengers multiple options for lounges depending on which cabin you are flying or if you hold baller status in their frequent flyer program.
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If you’re aren’t familiar with Porter Airlines and their lounges, you just roll your suitcase—and yourself—right inside as lounge access is a complimentary amenity available to each and every passenger. No credit card, membership, or other paperwork needed to swing in for a drink, a comfortable seat, and a personal power outlet.
Even some of the most luxurious and well appointed airport lounges need a fresh coat of paint every so often. That's why Singapore Airlines has revealed plans to completely overhaul their lounges across the the entire network. The airline is expected to spend around $20 million dollars on the complete refurbishment, so it's safe to say that we can expect more than just paint.
Without giving away too much, the architects of the project have been tasked with creating a "home away from home," so passengers can feel even more relaxed before heading off on a long-haul journey. All lounges will further improve the "ground to air" experience for passengers.
We dont know how they'll do it, but if they can improve on this lounge in Singapore, the outcome will be nothing short of stellar.
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It's being called the "world's first airport club," but the "F*** Me I'm Famous" lounge at Spain's Ibiza Airport is much more than that. It's also likely the first celebrity-themed and celebrity-promoted airport lounge. That celebrity? It's David Guetta, French house music producer and DJ who regularly holds bashes on the party island with the same name as the new airport club.
FMIF at IBZ opened up on July 17 and is actually airside, meaning you've got to be flying in or out of the airport for admittance. Though it seems as though the club will only stick around temporarily to entertain during the summer high season, it's still making history. Is this the future?
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Virgin Atlantic's hot tub
So you're holding an airline ticket for Business or First Class and psyched to see what sort of luxuries await beyond the sliding doors of the exclusive airport lounges? Well, we have good and bad news. Bad news first: not all airlines think beyond offering the basics of seating and snacks. The good news: most do! Kids areas, workstations and even shower facilities are de rigueur in a lounge these days, and the more creative carriers have moved onto hidden hot tubs or perfect French pastries for an extra "oomph."
This is how you may end up breathing at the oxygen bar of the SkyTeam lounge at London-Heathrow or picking up a cue for a game of pool at New York-JFK. Now let's look at a whole bunch more of the interesting offerings, all of which we've personally visited.
14 of the Awesomest Airline Lounge Amenities Around the World:
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We're typing this while sitting at a bar, a bar overlooking half of the apron and one of the busy runways at Hong Kong International Airport. The view is unparalleled, a frequent flyer sweet secret, and it's only found on the upper level at Cathay Pacific's Business Class lounge The Wing.
The Wing itself is nothing new, but the layout and amenities of the place have recently been totally revamped, updated and kitted out with designer furniture, power outlets where you want them, and classic Asian touches like towering bamboo stalks. Even before the renovation, The Wing ranked as one of our favorite airline lounges in the world. Now, with the addition of a cozier lower level, a "Coffee Loft," and sexy wire Eames chairs, our heart starts racing at the thought of spending a few hours within its walls.
So, do you think the $1 Billion sale of social photo sharing site Instagram to Facebook has had any effect on photos posted this week? We mean aside from any jokey reaction shots after the news of the sale hit the wire. For one, we've personally noticed increased brand activity on Instagram, especially with travel brands who realize it's a channel they can control (and no one wants to read press releases--just show the pictures!)
Air France has fully adopted Instagram, though only recently using it as a kind of supplementary news stream. The latest news? Air France will open their largest lounge ever, at Paris-Chares de Gaulle's new S4 boarding satellite, this summer.
The 3,000 square meter Salon d'Affaires will have 600 seats. Here's a few views, via airfrance on Instagram:
Are we in a spa relaxation room? A daybed-clad hotel room? No, peoplewe’re in an airport lounge. And not just any airport lounge, it's BMI’s Great British Lounge at London-Heathrow Airport.
On our first visit to the lounge, we didn’t get much further than the awesome runway-facing chairs, but on round two, we noticed two feet poking out from behind a gauzy curtain to our right, and went to investigate. Sure enough, there were three daybedseach large enough to (just) fit two, and gauze between each so it didn’t feel as awkward as lie-flat beds with a middle seat (ahem, Turkish Airlines).