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Japan Airlines Business Class SKY SUITE Review (777-300) San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (HND) and SFO Centurion, Sakura and Air France-KLM Lounge Reviews

Japan Airlines Business Class SKY SUITE Review (777-300) San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (HND) and SFO Centurion, Sakura and Air France-KLM Lounge Reviews

While I have been on Japan Airlines a number of times (e.g. in economy from Tokyo to San Francisco), it has been a long time since I have flown them in business class. This changed last week with my flight from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda) in business class on the SKY SUITE product. Japan […]

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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The economics of Priority Pass and will we see a flood of new Priority Pass lounges this year?

The economics of Priority Pass and will we see a flood of new Priority Pass lounges this year?

Priority Pass is a runaway success – in a way, it is a new credit card. Consumers can get an unlimited number of Priority Pass visits with many consumer credit cards all over the world. US banks are the most generous; I myself have three of these cards and have been enjoying many lounge visits at […]

Posted on May 8, 2018 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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Escape Lounge Oakland (OAK) Review

Escape Lounge Oakland (OAK) Review

The Escape Lounge at Oakland Airport (OAK) is located behind security, just opposite Gate 9 – often Norwegian’s favorite gate for their flight to Stockholm. I arrived at Oakland Airport at 10 AM for my Boutique Air flight and it was deserted, with nobody waiting at security. There were several attendants busy serving drinks and […]

Posted on April 30, 2018 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Los Angeles (LAX) Review

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Los Angeles (LAX) Review

The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge has gotten its new home at Los Angeles International after the major terminal move that Delta initiated (and paid for) in 2017. The lounge sits next to the Delta and Aeromexico gates (and of course the Virgin Atlantic gates but not the Virgin America ones). The LAX Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is […]

Posted on April 21, 2018 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Virgin Atlantic Airlines

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My Favorite Priority Pass Lounges around the world

My Favorite Priority Pass Lounges around the world

Not so long ago, the mentioning of ‘Priority Pass’ struck fear in most travelers. It was generally a Russian-style affair with a few carrot snacks, dingy lighting and seating in a remote part of an airport. However, clever entrepreneurs have found ways to provide great lounges for the ~$20 Priority Pass offer per guest and […]

Posted on April 20, 2018 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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China Eastern Economy Review Bali (DPS) to Los Angeles (LAX) and T/G Lounge Review – or my adventures with the poor man’s Business Class continue

China Eastern Economy Review Bali (DPS) to Los Angeles (LAX) and T/G Lounge Review – or my adventures with the poor man’s Business Class continue

This was the return part of a trip that started last December, as I flew with China Eastern from Los Angeles to Bangkok. I did like my ‘outbound’ trip, especially considering the low price (really just $170 per direction, so $340 for the round-trip). I arrived at Bali‘s Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport 2.5 hours before the […]

Posted on April 14, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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LEVEL Economy Review Barcelona (BCN) to Oakland (OAK) A330-200 and Sala VIP Miro Lounge BCN Review

LEVEL Economy Review Barcelona (BCN) to Oakland (OAK)  A330-200 and Sala VIP Miro Lounge BCN Review

LEVEL launched with big plans in early 2017 and I was curious to see how this low-cost long-haul airline would shape up for this review. LEVEL has been drawing most of its resources from BA and Iberia and is just emancipating itself. I had booked my ticket for just $149 on the day tickets became available; […]

Posted on January 16, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Canaryfly Review Las Palmas (LPA) to Tenerife North (TFN) and Sala Galdos Lounge Las Palmas Review

Canaryfly Review Las Palmas (LPA) to Tenerife North (TFN) and Sala Galdos Lounge Las Palmas Review

Canaryfly does not get much press but is one of the regional airlines competing with Binter Canarias and Air Europa for flights between the Canary Islands. Canaryfly and Binter Canarias sell tickets between the islands at a dual-price system – the subsidized price for island residents and the regular price. Regular fares are about twice […]

Posted on January 14, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Saudia Economy Review Riyadh (RUH) to Addis Ababa (ADD) and Wellcome Lounge Riyadh Review

Saudia Economy Review Riyadh (RUH) to Addis Ababa (ADD) and Wellcome Lounge Riyadh Review

After deplaning from my prior Saudia flight from Kochi, I followed the rather flimsy signs towards transit. An overly sleepy single attendant manned the security checkpoint and mentioned that he expected just four (!) other transit passengers within the hour. Not a busy day then! Riyadh Airport has two terminals that are interconnected behind security with […]

Posted on December 29, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Saudia Economy Review Kochi (COK) to Riyadh (RUH) A330 and Earth Lounge Kochi Review

Saudia Economy Review Kochi (COK) to Riyadh (RUH) A330 and Earth Lounge Kochi Review

For reasons I don’t fully understand, Saudia files very low fares from several South Indian cities to Addis Abeba (despite minimal competition). Saudia fares usually work one-way for half price and so I booked Kochi (COK) to Addis Abeba (ADD) for under $100 in economy for the 3,000-mile journey connecting via Riyadh (RUH). When booking […]

Posted on December 24, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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VietJet Review Saigon (SGN) to Bangkok (BKK) A320 and Orchid Lounge (SGN) Review

VietJet Review Saigon (SGN) to Bangkok (BKK) A320 and Orchid Lounge (SGN) Review

VietJet is Vietnam’s incarnation of a low-cost airline. VietJet is a publicly listed company and has been enjoying a competition-free environment in its sector as AirAsia hasn’t decisively moved in yet. The VietJet website was a bit clunky to work with and it took some back and forth to get the ticket I wanted. The […]

Posted on December 19, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Thai AirAsia Review Bangkok (DMK) to Saigon (SGN) and The Coral Executive Lounge, DMK, Review

Thai AirAsia Review Bangkok (DMK) to Saigon (SGN) and The Coral Executive Lounge, DMK, Review

AirAsia has been busy building its second biggest base after Kuala Lumpur with its Thai affiliate at Don Mueang, the old Bangkok Airport. From a small number of flights – originally just domestic Thai flights and connecting to the other AirAsia bases – business has been growing quickly. The number of destinations from Bangkok now competes […]

Posted on December 14, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Kenya Airways Business Class Review Dubai (DXB) to Nairobi (NBO) 737 and SkyTeam Dubai Lounge Review

Kenya Airways Business Class Review Dubai (DXB) to Nairobi (NBO) 737 and SkyTeam Dubai Lounge Review

Kenya Airways has been fighting the low fare wars with business class tickets from as low as $400 for the return trip from Dubai to Nairobi and beyond. I was curious to see if its business class product (seat, cabin and service) lived up to the promise. Kenya Airways uses the SkyTeam Lounge in Dubai. […]

Posted on October 26, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Air France Business Class Review (NEW Cabin) Paris (CDG) to Dubai (DXB) 777-300 ER and Air France Business Class Lounge Review

Air France Business Class Review (NEW Cabin) Paris (CDG) to Dubai (DXB) 777-300 ER and Air France Business Class Lounge Review

Ever since Air France introduced its new business class product, I have wanted to try it and with this Air France Business Class flight from Paris to Dubai, I got the chance. Air France Business Class seats are the newer generation of the seats we all love from Cathay Pacific Business Class. It’s very private, […]

Posted on October 22, 2017 by in Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse San Francisco (SFO) Review

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse San Francisco (SFO) Review

Virgin Atlantic has long been present with its own lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). It was time for me to try out the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, to see how the food, lounge location and the staff are shaping up. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is before security at SFO – just above the security […]

Posted on October 20, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Virgin Atlantic Airlines

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What’s the cheapest way to get lounge access with Priority Pass?

What’s the cheapest way to get lounge access with Priority Pass?

I have become a big fan of the Priority Pass lounges these days. If you travel solo and have elite status (I have only have Star Alliance elite status currently) you will likely have little incentive for Priority Pass but if you travel with family of 2 or three extra passengers you will quickly notice […]

Posted on September 20, 2017 by in Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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Garuda Business Class Review and Denpasar (DPS) to Tokyo (NRT) using 777W and Garuda Business Class Lounge Denpasar Airport

Garuda Business Class Review and Denpasar (DPS)  to Tokyo (NRT) using 777W and Garuda Business Class Lounge Denpasar Airport

Bali Airport has recently seen an upgrade and the duty free area now raises the heart rate of anyone from China. So it was that night – immigration and security were quick but passing through the duty free area took longer than immigration and security. The Garuda Business Class Lounge at Denpasar Airport is a […]

Posted on September 8, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Etihad Reviews & Etihad Guest, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Garuda Business Class Review Jakarta (CGK) to Bali (DPS) using A330 and Garuda Business Class Lounge Jakarta Airport (Terminal 3)

Garuda Business Class Review Jakarta (CGK) to Bali (DPS) using A330 and Garuda Business Class Lounge Jakarta Airport (Terminal 3)

Garuda Indonesia uses the international configuration for a number of flights between the busiest airports in Indonesia Jakarta and Denpasar. Terminal 3 at Jakarta airport was just inaugurated a few weeks ago and everything is still shiny. It looks more than Singapore Changi Airport than what you are used to from Jakarta airport. Garuda is […]

Posted on September 7, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Cathay Pacific Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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Qantas First Class Lounge Melbourne Review

Qantas First Class Lounge Melbourne Review

Qantas runs a surprisingly large operation at the smallish Melbourne Airport. Qantas has flights to Los Angeles and Asia on an A380, as well as several flights with codeshare partner Emirates. The company runs a dedicated first class lounge (similar to what you may have seen at Los Angeles Airport). The lounge occupies the upper […]

Posted on August 20, 2017 by in Cathay Pacific Reviews, Emirates Reviews & Skywards, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Aircalin Business Class Review Osaka (KIX) to Noumea (NOU) A330 and KIX Air Side Lounge Review

Aircalin Business Class Review Osaka (KIX) to Noumea (NOU) A330 and KIX Air Side Lounge Review

This is my review for the excellent Aircalin Business Class from Osaka to Noumea on the A330. Aircalin is the national carrier of New Caledonia – a small overseas territory of France. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry; it is west of Tahiti but does get much less PR. Aircalin features 11 destinations with […]

Posted on August 13, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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China Airlines Lounge (V2) Review, Taipei Airport (TPE)

China Airlines Lounge (V2) Review, Taipei Airport (TPE)

After my experience just a week prior at the ‘flagship’ EVA Air Infinity Lounge at Taipei Airport, I wasn’t expecting much from the China Airlines Business Class Lounge. (This lounge is named V2 at TPE; there are two other China Airlines lounges there, named V1 and V3). For some reason, the forte for creating a […]

Posted on August 9, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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China Airlines Business Class Review San Francisco (SFO) to Taipei (TPE) A350 and SFO lounge reviews inc. China Airlines Lounge

China Airlines Business Class Review San Francisco (SFO) to Taipei (TPE) A350 and SFO lounge reviews inc. China Airlines Lounge

I had been looking forward to this flight for quite some time. Ten years ago, China Airlines was THE airline to avoid but the company has had an amazing turnaround; the new business class on the A350 has won several awards already. China Airlines departs to Taipei as one of the last flights of the […]

Posted on August 8, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, China Airlines Review, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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EVA Air Business Class Review Taipei (TPE) to Vancouver (YVR) 777-300, Infinity Lounge Taipei Review and Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei Review

EVA Air Business Class Review Taipei (TPE) to Vancouver (YVR) 777-300, Infinity Lounge Taipei Review and Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei Review

I admit that I had high expectations for this flight on EVA Air Business Class from Taipei (TPE) to Vancouver (YVR) for my review. I had been to Taipei before but this time I had much more time to explore the soul of this place. The day of my departure coincided with a direct hit […]

Posted on August 4, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Star Alliance Lounge Paris Review (Charles De Gaulle Terminal 1)

Star Alliance Lounge Paris Review (Charles De Gaulle Terminal 1)

The Star Alliance Lounge in Paris is located in Terminal 1 at Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG). It’s a 15-minute drive from Terminal 2, which is used by the dominating SkyTeam carriers. If you are behind security, there is a network of buses that can get you there and outside security a train can take […]

Posted on June 21, 2017 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges, Star Alliance Members

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Air France Economy Review San Francisco to Paris AF 85 and Air France-KLM Lounge San Francisco Review

Air France Economy Review San Francisco to Paris AF 85 and Air France-KLM Lounge San Francisco Review

Air France is one of the few long-haul economy products I have flown in the last few years. This was due to a mistake fare three years ago (though it would be considered more a ‘low fare’ now). I liked my experience on the Air France Economy A380 to Paris but wasn’t happy with the old […]

Posted on June 20, 2017 by in Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Airline Reviews, Emirates Reviews & Skywards, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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