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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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Cathay Pacific Business Class Review Johannesburg (JNB) to Hong Kong (HKG) and Shongololo Lounge Review

Cathay Pacific Business Class Review Johannesburg (JNB) to Hong Kong (HKG) and Shongololo Lounge Review

Cathay Pacific has had a long-standing service to and from South African’s largest city and I was curious to try out the long flight over the Indian Ocean to Hong Kong. The flight does not feature a first class anymore, but is run in a three-cabin configuration (economy, premium economy and business). It now features the new […]

Posted on February 18, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Best use of Cathay Pacific / Asia Miles, Cathay Pacific Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Mango Economy Review Cape Town (CPT) to Johannesburg (JNB) and Bidvest Premier Lounge Review

Mango Economy Review Cape Town (CPT) to Johannesburg (JNB) and Bidvest Premier Lounge Review

Mango is the low-cost South African Airways subsidiary that serves mostly Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The Cape Town to Johannesburg route is highly competitive and there are several airlines with a regular daily service right now. I paid $70 per ticket for the one-way flight with Mango. As at Johannesburg Airport, I used the […]

Posted on February 15, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Kulula Economy Review Johannesburg (JNB) to Cape Town (CPT) and Bidvest Sky Lounge Review

Kulula Economy Review Johannesburg (JNB) to Cape Town (CPT) and Bidvest Sky Lounge Review

Kulula is a Comair subsidiary and is one of many airlines plowing the Johannesburg to Cape Town route – one of the world’s busiest. Comair itself is a small airline that is owned and run by British Airways. The Johannesburg to Cape Town (and also Durban) market is very competitive. Kulula is not part of Oneworld […]

Posted on February 11, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Lounge, Nairobi Airport (NBO) Review

Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Lounge, Nairobi Airport (NBO) Review

The lounge situation at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport isn’t great, since part of the terminal burnt down a few years ago. Two years ago, South African Regional Business Class gave me a voucher for a rather terrible coffee shop instead of any lounge access. Now Turkish Airlines has invested in a proper lounge at […]

Posted on January 29, 2017 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Star Alliance Members, Turkish Airlines Review

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Qatar Business Class Review Berlin (TXL) to Doha (DOH) A330 and BA Terraces Lounge at TXL Review

Qatar Business Class Review Berlin (TXL) to Doha (DOH) A330 and BA Terraces Lounge at TXL Review

British Airways Terraces Lounge at Berlin Airport Review Unfortunately, I had a rather disappointing lounge experience at Berlin Tegel, as well as a disappointing overall airport experience. Check-in at the airport was cramped, as were the immigration and security areas. There was also a long bus transfer in the cold. The British Airways Terraces Lounge is a […]

Posted on January 23, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Qatar Airways

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Qatar Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Windhoek, Namibia (WDH) 787 and another visit to the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge

Qatar Business Class Review Doha (DOH) to Windhoek, Namibia (WDH) 787 and another visit to the Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge Review At Doha Airport, I had a great lounge experience at Al Mourjan, with lots of sleep in one of the dedicated quiet rooms. I’ve reviewed this lounge before and found it to be almost perfect. It’s huge and luxurious, with plenty of features like a fully-equipped business center, games room and […]

Posted on January 22, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Qatar Airways

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Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) Review

Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) Review

After my somewhat disappointing visit to the Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge, I was ready to take on the Etihad First Class Lounge that same evening. Etihad is run by a huge number of British expatriates and there is a lot of British understatement here. For starters, the lounge entrance is hidden along all […]

Posted on November 28, 2016 by in Etihad Reviews & Etihad Guest, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Etihad Business Class Review San Francisco (SFO) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) EY182 777L (incl. Etihad Wi-Fly Review), Cathay Pacific Lounge SFO and Etihad Arrivals Lounge

Etihad Business Class Review San Francisco (SFO) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) EY182 777L (incl. Etihad Wi-Fly Review), Cathay Pacific Lounge SFO and Etihad Arrivals Lounge

I had been on the westbound flight (my Etihad Business Class Review) just 5 weeks earlier – this time I took the day time flight from the US to the UAE. Etihad uses Empire CLS in San Francisco for their complimentary chauffeur service (also on award tickets such as mine). The driver picked me up […]

Posted on September 16, 2016 by in Airline Reviews, Cathay Pacific Reviews, Etihad Reviews & Etihad Guest, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Oryx Lounge Doha Review

Oryx Lounge Doha Review

The Oryx Lounge is the best Business Class alternative at Doha International airport if you don’t have access to the excellent Qatar Business Class Lounge Al Mourjan (Review) . I got access to the lounge because of Etihad Business Class flight that same day. When we arrived at the lounge we just had come off […]

Posted on August 17, 2016 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Lagos ASL Premium Lounge Review

Lagos ASL Premium Lounge Review

Despite being rather small, Lagos Airport has a stunning six Priority Pass lounges. There are a number of premium pax departing from Lagos and most lounge operators have decided to cash in on Priority Pass without being exclusive to a particular airline. All the check-in documentation highlighted the need to be at the airport early. […]

Posted on July 14, 2016 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Oneworld Lounge Bogota Review

Oneworld Lounge Bogota Review

Bogota Airport’s international terminal is a rather modern affair. Right after security you can find the Oneworld Lounge here, which LATAM runs; it has indeed invested in stylish interior design, which I found to be its biggest selling point. The lounge internet was slow and was just about good enough for web browsing, however. The […]

Posted on July 2, 2016 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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The new American Express Centurion Lounge in Mexico City Review

The new American Express Centurion Lounge in Mexico City Review

American Express has moved their Centurion Lounge at Mexico City Airport to a position inside security – near gate 18. The American Express Centurion Lounge in Mexico City (Review) was located outside security before and wasn’t anything to write home about. I was a bit excited – I admit – to see the new lounge […]

Posted on May 11, 2016 by in Best use American Express Membership Rewards, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Kenya Airlines Pride Lounge Nairobi (NBO) Review

Kenya Airlines Pride Lounge Nairobi (NBO) Review

Nairobi Airport suffered substantial damage in a major fire in 2013 and since then many premium facilities have been missing. Kenya Airways has actually started fixing that now with the newly-opened Pride Lounge. The Pride Lounge is the primary business class lounge for any SkyTeam Premium passengers and for SkyTeam elite members. I got access during my […]

Posted on November 10, 2015 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Ethiopian Airlines Business Class Lounge, Bole International Airport Addis Ababa Review

Ethiopian Airlines Business Class Lounge, Bole International Airport Addis Ababa Review

Ethiopian Airlines runs two business class lounges at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa – one for business class passengers booked on Ethiopian flights and one for Star Alliance Gold members. In order to review these lounges, it’s useful to keep in perspective where you are coming from. If it’s your first lounge visit in the […]

Posted on November 6, 2015 by in Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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