The Centurion Lounge at DFW to expand by 3,000 square feet

By | September 18, 2017 | 0 Comment

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American Express' foray into the airport lounge business in the US back in October 2013 reshaped a dormant market. The unveiling of the first Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Ft. Worth airport (DFW) sent ripples throughout the industry, forcing airlines to improve their offerings and remodel clubs which, in some cases, had seen only minor cosmetic improvements in over ten

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Three delayed airport lounges worth the wait

By | August 6, 2017 | 0 Comment

When it comes to airport construction projects, nothing can be said to be certain, except high costs and delays.We take a look at three highly anticipated lounges which were due to open around mid-2017 or earlier, for which we'll need to wait a little longer---or much longer. The Qantas Lounge at London Heathrow Construction of the Qantas' flagship premium lounge at

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FIRST LOOK: The New Alaska Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma Airport Concourse C

By | June 28, 2017 | 0 Comment

It's an exciting time to fly Alaska. The Pacific Northwest's darling keeps expanding its network and bringing new benefits to customers. While the mechanics of the merger with Virgin America are still cranking behind the scenes, the carrier is continuing to expand its relationships with its partners. Days ago, Alaska's Lounge members and elite customers gained access to

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Alaska and Qantas announce reciprocal airport lounge access

By | June 20, 2017 | 0 Comment

Today, Alaska Airlines and Qantas announced an expanded partnership with immediate benefits for customers of both airlines.The two carriers have long offered reciprocal frequent flyer mileage accrual. In December 2016, the airlines signaled their intention to collaborate more closely by significantly increasing earning rates for Business and First class fares.As

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The Definitive Guide to Star Alliance Arrivals Lounges

By | June 17, 2017 | 0 Comment

Once a haven for the lucky few, airport lounges are gaining in popularity, and are more accessible than ever thanks to a flurry of premium credit cards, affordable membership schemes such as Priority Pass, and an ever-increasing number of pay-in clubs available to all travelers for a fee. Lounges typically offer comfortable seating away from the bustle of the terminal,

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American Airlines launches new Flagship Lounge and Dining experiences at New York JFK

By | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comment

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Back in February 2016, we reported on American Airlines' ambitious plans to renovate Admirals Clubs worldwide and roll out luxurious lounges for Business and First Class passengers. Fifteen months later, the airline's premium passengers departing from New York JFK are finally able to sample the world's largest airline's new premium ground product. Deciphering the

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American Express Platinum Card Members Now Receive Complimentary Access To Escape Lounges

By | May 15, 2017 | 0 Comment


Today, American Express announced a new enhancement to the popular Global Lounge Collection benefit. Effective immediately, worldwide members of The Platinum Card receive complimentary access to Escape Lounges at US airports, with the option to bring two additional guests at no cost. The Escape Lounge In the ever-expanding landscape of pay-per-use airport lounges---a

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The Great LAX Reshuffle: How To Find Your Lounge

By | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comment

Brace yourselves: the largest shake-up in the history of Los Angeles airport is about to begin. From Friday, May 12h through Wednesday, May 17th, night crews (and the occasional day crew) will achieve the seemingly impossible feat of relocating 15 airlines.The impetus behind one of the largest terminal swaps ever conceived is Delta's major expansion and desire to

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Air New Zealand delights at Melbourne airport with a brand new lounge

By | May 8, 2017 | 0 Comment

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Today Air New Zealand unveiled their remodeled International Lounge at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport, after a lengthy eleven-month closure during which passengers were accommodated in a temporary location. The lounge opens to the public tomorrow, May 9th. The Air New Zealand lounge at Melbourne airport builds upon the success of the Sydney location The new Air New

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Inside The Club BWI, Baltimore’s airport new and only lounge

By | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comment

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The newest lounge from Airport Lounge Development (ALD)---The Club BWI---makes the most of its 2,200 square foot space. Located at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Airport's Concourse D near gate D10, The Club occupies the space previously used by Airspace Lounge, which closed about a year ago.The Club, overseen by former Airspace General Manager Julian

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New SkyTeam Lounge Opens in Beijing

By | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comment

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Today, the SkyTeam alliance opened its newest joint lounge, based at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). The facility, located in Terminal 2, has 800 square meters of space and seats 160 travelers.SkyTeam gave the press a tour of the new space as far back as November 2016. Perry Cantarutti, SkyTeam's CEO and managing director, presided over the preview event

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Behind the Airport Lounge Design Process

By | April 17, 2017 | 0 Comment

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As airlines continue to offer their premium customers the very best amenities, one way they are stepping up their games is in airport lounge design. We’re taking a peek at the process behind the design of flagship lounges by LATAM and Cathay Pacific. Putnam brings timeless design to LATAM Lounges Olivia Putnam, artistic director at Paris-based Studio Putnam, was

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Delta, United give airport lounge wines an upgrade

By | March 28, 2017 | 0 Comment

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If you’re a traveler with regular access to airport lounges, you may have noticed a major change in the wines served at Delta Air Lines’ Sky Clubs and United Airlines’ United Clubs. At Delta, a wine selection curated by Andrea Robinson About a year and a half ago, Delta embarked on a significant passenger experience investment that touched on a lot of areas, with

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FIRST LOOK: The expanded Centurion Lounge at Seattle airport inspires with expansive views and uplifting drinks

By | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comment

Today American Express celebrates the opening of the long-awaited expansion of The Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma airport. We joined American Express on a tour ahead of the public opening in order to scope out the new space and amenities. The Centurion Lounge: an overview We've written extensively about the burgeoning Centurion Lounge network, American Express'

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Plaza Premium doubles presence at London Heathrow; announces two new Arrivals Lounges

By | March 8, 2017 | 0 Comment

Plaza Premium's ambitions at London Heathrow seem boundless. Eager to tap into one of the hottest European markets---Heathrow passenger traffic reached a record 75.7 million in 2016---the company is yet again expanding its footprint, with the arrival of three new lounges at Terminals 3, 4, and 5.Born in Hong Kong, Plaza Premium Group, the first and largest pay-in

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Air France transforms the short haul lounge experience at Paris CDG

By | March 4, 2017 | 0 Comment

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The unveiling of Air France's new lounge a Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2G this week marks the dawn of a new era for the carrier's Schengen passengers. Terminal 2G: 20 narrow-body gates for Schengen flights Opened in 2008, Terminal 2G is one of the latest additions to the sprawling Roissy hub. Dedicated to flights within Europe's Schengen area operated by Air

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The Centurion Lounge lands at Philadelphia and Hong Kong

By | February 1, 2017 | 0 Comment

As the independent lounge market continues to expand---revealing customers' appetite for a comfortable ground experience, perhaps in response to ever-shrinking seats and increasing nickel-and-diming---an unexpected outsider has redefined the domestic US premium lounge experience: American Express.The financial institution unveiled its first Centurion Lounge in the US

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How airline lounges create their food menus

By | January 29, 2017 | 1 Comments

As travelers look to airlines to provide more food options in their premium lounges, we look at how three global carriers are meeting those needs. The challenge for these airlines is to offer myriad food options to adapt to different nutrition needs, time zones, eating habits and cultures. Excellence at Qatar Lounges worldwide Doha-based Qatar Airways prides itself on

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Plaza Premium Joins Loyalty Program, Plans Massive Expansion, Looks to the Future

By | January 4, 2017 | 0 Comment

It’s been a busy year for lounge operator Plaza Premium after opening new facilities at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Brisbane Airport and Phnom Penh International Airport, and an arrivals lounge at Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport all in 2016.Plaza Premium has more than 80 locations in 28

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Airport lounges celebrate the holidays worldwide

By | December 15, 2016 | 0 Comment

On a trip home from India two years ago, I flew business class on Lufthansa, which meant I had lounge access in Delhi and Frankfurt. The German flag carrier went all out for the holidays, offering warm gluhwein and traditional German Christmas pastries and cookies in both lounges. So we decided to take a look and see what airlines and independent lounges are doing in

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