CDG Paris Charles de Gaulle

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  1. sendaiben
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    Couldn't find a forum for this so mods feel free to move it if necessary.

    We had our first experience of leaving CDG today. Dec 23rd probably not the best day to try :)

    Airport was very crowded (thank goodness for OW Sapphire status -allowed us to skip the long economy lines for BA).

    We came on the RER B line from the Gare du Nord, which was horribly crowded for one stop until Stade de France, then most people thankfully got off.

    The airport is very extensive, and we honestly spent about 40 minutes walking from the train to the check-in counter to the lounge.

    Security was extremely strict, with not just laptops but all electronics needing to be removed from bags (including iPad, Kindle, and even Bose headphones!). Long delays if you don't do this as your bag gets put into secondary screening (doesn't seem to be a priority as only one person doing it as the bags relentlessly build up).

    The OW Admirals lounge is very nice, with elegant, comfortable seating and a satisfactory selection of snacks and drinks. The wifi works fine too :D

    All in all, the airport is a bit of a nightmare but if you have status you can escape the worst of it!
     
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    I can understand if they considered iPad a computer...but Bose headphones? :eek:
     
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    CDG, while rather large and walking/bus is needed sometimes, is always marked as complicated....just follow the signs.....
     
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    To add another data point... this week we used the Star Alliance lounge with our paid United Club membership. I don't know whether our admission was due to the United Club not opening until 8 AM; we arrived and tried one then the other at 7 AM.

    There were previous reports on TOBB that UA members (or was it * Alliance Gold?) members hadn't been able to use the Star Alliance lounge. This wasn't the case for us, and we sat near several US-bound Americans in the lounge.

    It's not terrible. The wifi worked for 20 minutes, then didn't work for 20 minutes. Adequate food selection for breakfast, and the holy grail of lounges: showers!
     
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    Actually, there have been numerous reports that UA fliers in C,F and those in Y who are *G being granted access with no issues other than showing a BP and/or a MP card showing *G status. And to add another data point, if you are a smoker, the lounge also has an outdoor smoking patio.
     
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    In September will be flying from BUD – CDG – IAD on Air France via Delta T fare, will there be any way to get to the Priority Pass lounge? Arrive in 2F and depart from 2E with four hour layover.

    Priority pass mentions the following, does this indicate that it’s possible to get a pass to T1?
    Terminal 1
    Lounge: ICARE LOUNGE
    Location: Airside - International Area, after Immigration. Passengers traveling within Schengen countries must obtain an 'Icare Lounge Invitation Card' from the Aeroports de Paris Information desk in Terminal 1, Departure Level, Desk 34 before proceeding through Immigration to the Lounge.

    Opening Hours: The Lounge is located in the Duty Free Area and is only accessible upon presentation of a valid boarding pass. Follow the signs to the 'Icare Lounge'. Pax in transit departing from T2 can access the Lounge via the Shuttle Link but will need to allow a minimum 30mins to reach the departure gates. 06:30 - 23:30 daily.

    http://www.prioritypass.com/lounges/paris-airport-lounges.cfm
     

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