How to Get into Any Airport Lounge With an App and Credit Card

October 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Years ago, an airport lounge used to be an exclusive privilege available only to passengers of a certain status or with a specific type of ticket. No more! With the click of a few buttons on a few apps, and a credit card, you too can escape the hustle and chaos of the general waiting area in the terminal, and enjoy the comfort and convenience of a quiet and clean lounge.

What amenities do they offer that make them worth the price?

Oslo Airport Lounge - Gardermoen Airport

This is the Oslo Lounge at Gardermoen Airport.

For one thing, they’re quiet and comfortable. That can be a major benefit if you’re a business traveler on an extended layover and you want to remain productive. You’ll have access to a table at which to sit, instead of balancing your laptop on your legs and fighting with other passengers for the charging station.

Or if you’d rather relax, the chairs are very comfortable and conducive to a quick nap. There are a few TVs — which you’re actually able to hear — and they offer food and drinks; premium lounges have upscale amenities such as showers, hair salons, and even oxygen bars.
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How Many of the World’s Best Airports Have You Been To?

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Each year, Travel + Leisure magazine gives awards in various categories. In 2013, it added World’s Best Airports to its annual reader survey. 2015’s winners were divided into international and domestic airports, and with all the glowing endorsements, each could be a destination in itself.

International Five Best Airports

Amenities abound and set each of the top five international airports apart.

  1. Changi International Airport, Singapore. The aesthetics, from the layout to free foot massages, combined with unique experiences like a butterfly habitat, a rooftop pool, and five garden environments, all work together to help travelers forget they’re even in an airport.
  2. Hong Kong International Airport, China. Diversions abound, be they iSports, a regulation golf course, an IMAX theater, or Michelin-starred dining all set the tone for hassle-free experience in this world-class city.
  3. Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands. Paintings by Steen and Rembrandt and a library with tomes in 29 languages offer two options for fine art experiences during a layover here. A calm atmosphere is created before you ever enter the complex with noise-reducing ridges and ripples that are featured in the Buitenschot Land Art Park.
  5. Zurich Airport, Switzerland. Speaking of calm, the Swiss logic and order that this airport exudes creates a graceful backdrop for the stunning scenery available at the twin rooftop terraces allow you to cleanse your lungs and clear your head by inhaling crisp Alpine air.
  6. Munich Airport, Germany. It’s no surprise that readers listed the impressive German engineering on display at this airport, which boasts impressive runway views. Not surprising either was the mention of Airbrau, an onsite brewery with live music, which offers a taste of Bavaria without every leaving the terminal.

U.S. Five Best Airports

Domestic airports were also praised for their conveniences, customer service, and food, although none of them sported a golf course or onsite brewery. Still, none of the international picks had goats!

  1. Portland International Airport, Oregon. An impressive on-time record and convenient location, along with the best quirks of this eclectic town made it number one with travelers. Goats remove invasive plant life and food trucks offer unique, local dining options.
  2. Tampa International Airport, Florida. An uncomplicated layout and design that lets the sunshine elevate this airport to number two. An indoor/outdoor terrace offers concessions, an automated train that will take you to your terminal, and estimated checkpoint wait times are among the modern features.
  3. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Minnesota. While Minneapolis can’t offer sunshine and a warm climate, it warmed the heart of travelers with its cheerful service and upscale shopping.
  4. Dallas Love Field, Texas. Everything’s bigger in Texas may be the saying, but smaller is better when it comes to a leisurely airport experience in the state. Murals, sculptures, and paintings by artisan Texans, combined with fabulous local food favorites give this airport a unique vibe.
  5. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Texas. On-time, hassle-free, and excellent customer service, all just minutes from downtown make Austin’s airport the pride of the city. Those wanting one last taste of the world-famous local food scene can also get Salt Lick Bar-B-Que before they take flight.

Which airport is your favorite? Did we miss one? Leave us a comment below oron our Facebook page, and let us know which are your favorite airports in the world.

Delta Unveils $229M Upgrade to LAX Terminal 5

October 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to know how the “other half” lives and travels? Delta wants you to, too. This summer, the airline proudly unveiled extensive renovations of Terminal 5 in LAX, the world’s fifth busiest airport. Their renovations were part of an $8 billion overall renovation of LAX.

The refurbishments include upgraded food and beverage offerings, extensive improvements to its Sky Club, new jet bridges, an expanded ticketing lobby, four additional security checkpoints, new baggage claim carousels, and international baggage recheck facilities. But Delta made sure got the most press was its new Delta ONE lounge.

The theme restaurant and control tower at Los ...

The theme restaurant and control tower at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Delta ONE is the airline’s first premium check-in lounge with a dedicated entrance and security accessible from the private lounge.

In other words, it’s paparazzi-proof.

The 3,200-square-foot space boasts high-end furnishings and amenities, such as a refreshment bar, two restrooms, check-in kiosks, two seating areas (with comfortable chairs that aren’t soldered to the chair next to it), and a service desk created by MotoArt and fashioned from the tail of a DC9 jet.

It is expected to service 150 to 200 passengers a day — travelers Delta counts (and there are 360 of them) as its top tier, highest revenue generating customers. Translation: rich and famous folks.

Those who purchase Delta’s VIP Select service will be eligible to use the lounge, which is just the first of such Delta ONE lounges to be constructed in New York, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Other hub cities are expected to be added to the list. Also available as part of the Select service is the hiring of a Porsche to meet the plane on the tarmac and escort the passenger and his luggage off the airport grounds.

What’s the swankiest airport lounge you’ve ever visited? Have you ever been to a Delta ONE or similar lounge? And will you take us with you next time you go? Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.