Katie Mcelveen 2017-12-06 05:17:44
Glamorous airport club lounges make it worth getting to the airport early. Besides not having to rush, there are other reasons travellers departing from Los Angeles might want to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport early. One of them is the Star Alliance lounge, where you can sip cocktails with celebrities in an an open-air terrace with fire pits, water features, a bar and panoramic views of the northern runway toward the Hollywood Hills. Designed by global architectural firm Gensler, the lounge offers a library space, a den, a study, a media room, private enclosed rooms, a noodle bar, as well as a selection of hot and cold dishes, and eight shower suites. Operated by Air New Zealand, this lounge can accommodate up to 400 Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers and has an additional exclusive area for first class passengers. Skytrax, a U.K.-based airline consultancy, reports that nearly 20 million voters participated in the Skytrax World Airline Awards in June 2017 at the Paris Air Show. Considered “the Oscars of the aviation industry,” Skytrax awarded Best Alliance Lounge to Star Alliance. Star Alliance is not alone. At airport lounges all over the world, the sky’s the limit on services and amenities. At Hong Kong International Airport’s Centurion Club, Michelin-starred chef Lau Yiu Fai curated the a la carte Cantonese menu served in the private area; star chef Alain Ducasse designed the menu at Air France’s La Premiere club at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, which also pampers with car service from the club to the plane. The Concorde Room, British Airways’ first-class-only lounge at Heathrow and JFK airports, adds a dedicated concierge to the mix who can not only change flights but secure restaurant reservations and theater tickets as well. Flyers flock to the Qantas First Lounge at Sydney Airport for complimentary preflight massages that take place in a lush garden room. It’s safe to say, there’s no shortage of opulent lounges to revel in at airports around the world. Club Access Although airport lounges tend to be reserved for upper-level flyers, most also offer access to highstatus flyers, those holding specific credit cards or those purchasing one-day memberships. Here are a few ways that savvy travelers can gain lounge access to these inner sanctums. BUY A DAY PASS: Many airline clubs offer one-day passes to domestic travelers where you pay a fee for cozy chairs, snacks, Wi-Fi access, small meals and nonalcoholic beverages. One-day passes are available for Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, American, United and Delta airways. International travelers can go to loungepass. com, which sells limited-hour day passes to lounges worldwide. Airspace Lounge, a private service offering food, beverage and space to work or relax, is available at Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland, San Diego and New York’s JFK airports for daily rates. GET LOUNGEBUDDY: Create a profile on this app for airport lounges and include your itinerary, any elite status you have and your credit cards and the app will tell you which lounges are accessible, their locations and cost to get in. You can use the app to pay for access before you arrive. BUY A MEMBERSHIP: Airline club memberships give you access to alliance clubs, such as the StarAlliance or Oneworld. If you’re flying on multiple airlines, try PriorityPass.com, which offers access to more than 1,000 lounges worldwide for an annual fee at different membership levels depending on how often you fly. An app is available to help you find your lounge once you’ve arrived at the airport. LOS ANGELES LUXURY Excursions through Los Angeles International Airport have taken a step above with the opening of The Private Suite, a new exclusive terminal built away from the normal airport traffic. Those trying to avoid the stress of long lines or paparazzi can relish a completely private suite featuring its own bathroom, foodservice pantry, two-person daybed and a runway view of aircraft landing and taking off. An eight-person team is assigned to each Private Suite member, ensuring a seamless preflight experience. When it’s time to depart, members are driven, Head-of-State style, across the tarmac directly to their aircraft. The entire flying process, which usually requires 2,200 footsteps from car seat to plane seat, is reduced to 70 footsteps for members of The Private Suite.
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