CNN FEATURE - 5 Extraordinary Airline Lounges

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    The comments on the article are ridiculous and hilarious as usual. :rolleyes:
    "You should see the toilets at ORD! They have automatic seat covers. Talk about plush accommodations for the 99%!"
     
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    I've only been 1 out of 5. I guess I need to rack up more of those miles :)
     
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    Thinking about it, I'm rather surprising Gary didn't mention SQ's Signature Room or QF's FCL. The BA Concorde Room is another lounge as well but with the poor reviews lately regarding their food/service, it's understandable I guess.
     
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    Nice feature. I especially agree with this:

    My favorite lounges in the world are the First Class Terminals at FRA and DOH.
     
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    I've been to SQ's TPR a few times and while it's very posh, I still like like the overall experience of the TG FCL more.

    I'm a bit surprised that Jetquay made the list though. I remember from his trip report that he wasn't really blown away and other reviews seemed to be none too positive either. Besides I think Jetquay is a bit redundant given just how good and efficient SIN is.
     
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    I am shocked that Gary put Jetquay on the list rather than TPR for SIN.
     
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    Very cool write up! The Porsche ride is funny. I like how the driver is wearing the safety vest. How many ducks are in your collection? lol
    Nice blog btw. You can check out my blog at http://michaelwtravels.blogspot.com/
     
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    theres
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    I did not think The Wing in hong kong was that great of a lounge. The food is buffet only (primarily at least), the selection of alcohol is dismal, internet extremely slow, and not much of a view.

    Though the private bath tub/shower/relaxing areas are quite nice.
     
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    Regarding the Private Room in Singapore, my take is that I don't like to spend time in the JetQuay terminal, food is mediocre, but I would rather have the private immigration and gate pickup/dropoff than the catering. So my idiosyncratic opinion is that I'd take JetQuay over TPR.

    I am very much not a fan of BA's Concorde room. It's surprisingly busy, service is poor, and i find the food inedible.

    I like the F side of The Wing for the cabanas.

    And as I mentioned on my blog, a fair point would be the QF F lounges in SYD and MEL but I haven't been to those lounges in about 5 years, before they were redone, so I really couldn't speak to them directly.
     
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    Doesn't TPR provide private immigration and security? I remember being escorted by an SQ agent all the way from check in to the private room, and not waiting in a single line.
     
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    SQ does provide private check- in and immigration for their F pax. But once you're inside the TPR you're left alone and have to make your own way to the boarding gate and the walk from TPR to some of these can be very long.
     
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    when they came and got me to board, I asked if there was a buggy and she said of sure we can get one, i'll come get you in a minute. I may have had to go through security though, i don't remember.
     
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    Yes, security is done at the gate before you board the aircraft.

    I guess they treated you better. I've been to TPR 4 times and not once did they come and tell me it was time to board :)
     
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    Oh they definitely came and told me it was time to board. I've been there twice, the most recent time i specifically remember eating breakfast when she came and told me. It was a great breakfast too, nothing compared to what the Thai airways nor CX lounges offer.
     
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    I asked about the private car ride to the plane at the Munich LH first class lounge and was told it was only available when the flight wasn't leaving from the same building. Instead, I had to walk half a mile and join the gold rush as LH let all passengers board the 747 simultaneously.

    Guess Frankfurt must be better! My experience in MUC certainly wasn't very luxurious.

    Incidentally, I think the Virgin clubhouse is nicer than most airline lounges but not someplace I'd go out of my way for. The food is better than it is on board, however, albeit the selection in both cases is fairly limited.
     
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    what LH flight were you on in MUC? in my 20+ times through muc in the last 3 or 4 years, I've never seen an LH 744 at MUC, let alone any other 744. maybe its the time of day I transit. I'd transit MUC over FRA anyday if given the choice.
     
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    I've been driven in munich, but agree its not all the time.
     
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    Certainly true, especially if you look at a business class lounge standpoint. However it's not always the atmosphere you're looking for (e.g. if you want a quieter place, Concorde Room is far better - but it's largely a difference in target audience rather than something about the lounge).
     
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    You get driven to the plane from the MUC FCL when your onward flight departs from a non-gate position. Grab an Air Dolimiti flight, for instance, you probably don't have a gate and you get a car. (And you get picked up by car from those flights at MUC as well.) Head out on a long haul aircraft and you likely have a gate and no car. Regardless the lounge attendants will let you know what to expect.
     
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