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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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airport lounges

I just want to know one thing....WHY WASN'T I INFORMED ABOUT THIS GREATNESS EARLIER

HOLY MOLY....I'm never flying anything but Star Alliance again!!!

Normally a 3 hour wait at an airport is DREADFUL, especially international b/c I don't have my aircard so I can't surf the web. I have now been upgraded
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 09:12 AM
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It's wonderful to know this.
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sorry I am just oober excited right now!!!
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Freaking amateurs...you just found airport lounges are now Next, you'll find out that business class or first class also

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If I'm stuck on a lay over or delay I just swipe the old company credit card and pay the 30 or 35 bucks to mingle with the all the big wigs like you Meech.

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Freaking amateurs...you just found airport lounges are now Next, you'll find out that business class or first class also
I already found business/first class...that was 1st! I guess I never really thought of it before b/c I always arrived at the airport about 30 minutes before departure so there was no time to lounger....and this is the first time I ever had more than an hour layover

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If I'm stuck on a lay over or delay I just swipe the old company credit card and pay the 30 or 35 bucks to mingle with the all the big wigs like you Meech.
I didn't know you could pay for it!! I'll keep that in mind if I ever travel on another airline
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Although I hate AA, if you have Platinum with them you get free lounge access, free upgrades and a ton of free domestic flights. Also you want to get a Starwood card which instead of giving you cash back or free flights it gives you free hotel rooms and upgrades. You can get a suite instead of a shitty little room for the whole of $100/night easy.
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Ok, someone explain this to me. How do i go about using the airport lounge?

"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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True story. I missed a flight to a wedding in California a couple of years ago. I just about missed the dinner. Not a good way to be meeting the SO parents. I was drinking in the lounge and totally forgot about the time.
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Ok, someone explain this to me. How do i go about using the airport lounge?
There are lounges for different groups of airlines. They are normally separated out on another level but pretty easy to find by the signs. Depending on the airport and airline they have everything from beds and showers to free food and alcohol. Access to them costs $30-100 again depending. If you have status with your airline (normally Platinum equivalent but sometimes Gold will do) you get free access to them.
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There are lounges for different groups of airlines. They are normally separated out on another level but pretty easy to find by the signs. Depending on the airport and airline they have everything from beds and showers to free food and alcohol. Access to them costs $30-100 again depending. If you have status with your airline (normally Platinum equivalent but sometimes Gold will do) you get free access to them.

"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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True story. I missed a flight to a wedding in California a couple of years ago. I just about missed the dinner. Not a good way to be meeting the SO parents. I was drinking in the lounge and totally forgot about the time.
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I would inform you about what goes on "upstairs" at the lounges but something tells me you would not be able to handle it

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Ok, someone explain this to me. How do i go about using the airport lounge?
Be a crew member or fly business/first class.
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post #17 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-25-2008, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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I wish some of you would have told me of this sooner lol I had NO CLUE!!

At the Singapore airport I had some sushi and a few drinks while surfing the net. At Narita airport I had a quick breakfast and then spent the rest of my time in the massager chair that felt so good after 8 hours on a plane!!! Here are some pics from my trip.

The 1st one I thought was funny. Apparently you have to be careful of peacock's attacking your car if they see their reflection!!!

The 2nd one is of me in front of the sign "The Southernmost Point of Asia Continent. The 3rd is the bridge to that point.

The 4th is the famous Singapore Merlion on Sentosa Island.

The 5th is the famous Singapore Sling. And the 6th is the famous Long Bar where the Singapore Sling originated.
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The 1st is the Merlion again but this time along the Singapore River.

The 2nd is the massage chair I slept in for a couple hours

The 3rd and 4th are pictures of Japan from the airplane
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their beds and nightgowns look comfy too

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their beds and nightgowns look comfy too
actually the beds are not all that comfy and that's a dress

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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-25-2008, 10:49 PM
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I've been an admiral's club member for two years now. It's totally worth it. I won't pee in the regular airport bathrooms anymore.

On American, you have to pay for it even if you have Gold/Plat/Exec Plat status, but they offer a discount for those members. The only time you get the admiral's club for free is if you are flying internationally. AA doesn't always do the best job, but IMO if you stick with one airline, you really can build up points and status very fast. Sometimes that means for me that I Have to do a layover instead of direct, but it's worth it. I'm upgraded for free about half the time, and the rest of the time I'm in the first 3 rows of coach. Never get middle seats anymore. It takes a while to build up though-- mathematically you've really got to be traveling at least once a month to get anything...less if you go international...you get the picture.

The Admiral's Club is so nice because it's quiet, it's a comfy place to sit, and I don't have to watch fat people eating McDonald's. I call those of you that can't go in "commoners"

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