Article about independent lounges from NYT

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  1. Aditya Vyas
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    http://nyti.ms/1dd7FUE NYTimes: At This Club’s Velvet Rope, the T.S.A. A number of independent airport lounges have sprouted up at international concourses to offer services to travelers who aren’t frequent fliers.


    Has anyone tried this? What do you guys think about this trend. Lounges seem more efficient and accessible in Europe and Asia. Japan they have a separate security line ( domestic) which leads into the lounge. Wish America was more focussed on amenities like that.
     
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    LH and TK have security right at some of their lounges.

    At DCA, the PMNW lounge was land side and members could go to the front of the line for TSA security or use the FC and VIP security line. However, other NW passengers who accessed the lounge by other means, such as AmEx Plat or IIRC an international itinerary confirmed in business class, did not officially have the same privilege, although sometimes a dragon would be willing to escort them to the good line.

    I don't think lounges are at all more accessible in Europe and Japan (or elsewhere overeseas). In most places other than the USA--and by extension, lounges associated with USA legacy carriers--lounge access is strictly by either a premium cabin ticket or FF status or both. There is no possibility of a paid membership, let alone purchase of a day pass. Many foreign lounges seem much more exclusive and upscale, due partly to less overcrowding.
     
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    I used one of the independent clubs at LAS, located at the top of the escalator by the D gates, right behind the nut stand (not the Centurion club, the other one). I was quite happy with it. Friendly staff, decent snacks and free wifi. It was small, but there weren't too many people. I'd definitely do it again.

    Mike
     
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