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Are Airport Lounges Worth the Cost?

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by MULTIZ321, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. bnoble

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    If the flight is long enough. a bad meal is included.
     
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    As mentioned "food" and my favorite, free single malt scotch. Also usually no tussle for overhead storage since you board first and the flight crew typically stores their bags in closets or in coach.

    Cheers
     
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    ...AND usually no screaming babies. Look people who fly first class come in two forms. Either you have enough money to pay for it without considering the cost or frequent flyers who either have the points or status to get upgraded. People who need to eak out the cheapest ticket they can certainly don't want to or need to fly first class.
     
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    We just got back from Jerusalem and used the lounges in Tel Aviv, Amman, and Chicago. We had many hours to deal with, and were very happy to have lounge access--for us, an excellent benefit of Chase Saphire Reserve.
     
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    Thankfully I have been able to get upgraded with my sons to the front of the cabin a few times. At first they spent more time sleeping on the floor or in my seat then theirs.
     
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    Not always a BAD meal. Sometimes they are quite good.
     
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    Yes, I have had many excellent meals in first class- especially flying transpac. Perhaps the best was on Asiana which gives you a 5 course meal with wine and all the trimmings. If i got the "bad" meal referred to here, it would be my last flight on that airline. My advice- choose another airline!
     
  8. bnoble

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    Yeah, I was thinking domestically. Most of them are meh. But, cross lots of water and things do get better.
     
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    Like you, Mike, I also have the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and recently used my free Priority Pass during an 8-hour layover in Taipei. The lounge was very nice, and I was able to get a lot of productive work done that would not have been possible sitting in the standard gate lounge. It was quiet, good facilities, and a hot meal available. As others have said, a day pass is very costly, but the Priority Pass is a nice perk for having the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card.
     
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    We used the lounge at San Jose (SJC) very early on a Saturday morning. There was yogurt, some granola bars, great coffee, cocoa, etc. It's a Priority Pass Lounge, and I can honestly tell you, it felt so good to sit and put my feet up for a while in that lounge. The coffee was so incredibly good in that lounge, and with all of the various creamers I like. I am so happy our Chase Sapphire Reserve cards let us visit this lounge at no cost to us. What a great perk. You do have to request the cards, those do not automatically come to your home with the credit card. Rick loves the lounges.
     
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    Outstanding! I'm glad to hear you could use the lounge for such a long layover. Definitely a nice benefit.

    Best regards.

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    Cindy, glad to hear you enjoyed the lounge in San Jose. We still have family in the Bay Area and SJC was and is our primary airport there. I wish I had the pass when we lived there, but am glad to hear the lounge is nice and well stocked. I look forward to visiting it the next time I fly into town.

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    Just came back from an International trip going through 7 countries.

    Went to few of these priority pass lounges. One of the best ones I have ever seen was in Dubai. Called Marhaba lounge in terminal 3.

    Has a nice indian and chinese buffet plus lots of european food and bakeries. some alcoholic beverages but lots of local stupp like dates with chocolate that tasted amazing

    Also in Spain I went to the one in Malaga and Barcelona airport on a previous trip. Both were great with good food selection.

    Unlike the "Club at SEA" in Seattle where I had to wait for 3 hours before my flight as we had a delay. There was only tomato soup and some pasta salad. I am glad I do not have to use this one that often as I live here. Great coffee though.

    maybe I should try the new Alaska lounges next time.
     
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    I maintained a Delta SkyClub when I was flying through SLC a lot - much cheaper than drinking at the bar when I was stuck there for hours. Later I started flying American a lot, so I got the Alaska Boardroom membership, which let me into admirals clubs. Now we have Priority Pass, but our home airport doesn't have a participating lounge =( Fortunately it's like fifteen minutes from us and fairly small, so we don't have to get there particularly early. The access is nice when it works out, definitely worth the $225 a year we pay for the CSR card.
     
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    I thought CSR was $450 per year.
     
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    It is.
    I presume flyaway did the following:
    $450
    - $300 (travel credit)
    + $75 (authorized user)
    = $225

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
     
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    Yep, that's exactly how we see it. We travel frequently enough that we can totally legitimize calling the credit worth an actual $300 cash.
     
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    Now that makes sense.
     
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    We use our United club passes all the time. It’s great to get away and relax. Getting refreshed and grabbing a drink and a snack gets us ready to finish a long trip.
     
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    Many years ago my husband bought a “lifetime” membership in the Northwest club for $500, because he traveled a lot for business and NW was the ptimary carrier for us. At the time, I thought it was a lot to spend.

    When NW merged into Delta, they continued to honor his membership, and that $500 seems pretty reasonable now that the annual fee is nearly that much! He can bring in his immediate family as well, so I and even our adult kids can enter when we travel together. The clubs seem to have gotten busier and busier but we still stop in them often for snacks, free WiFi and nicer bathrooms. It seems as if they have been recently upgrading the food offerings with more regional based items.
     
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    Several years ago when we were returning from New Zealand via Fiji we had about an 8 hour layover in Fiji. This is before they completely rebuilt the interior of the Fiji terminal and added AC. It was worth the $35 for the day to get into the Bula Lounge - AC; Lunch; Dinner; Free Good Quality Liqour; Comfortable Seating; Lots of Plug Sockets to run and recharge all Devices; Free Showers with Towels, Soap, and Shampoo; free WIFI; etc.
     
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    Back when I was flying extensively for business I found the Clubs to be a necessity. They were particularly useful when having to out wait delays or modify my itinerary.

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