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Review: United Club Newark and Polaris Business Class, COVID-19 Edition

While domestic travel in the US is slowly ramping up—flights are increasingly full, and security lines have returned at most airports—COVID-19 has decimated international travel. In an effort to boost consumer confidence, airlines are aggressively touting enhanced hygiene protocols. But they’re not shedding much ink on service cutbacks, and especially those that impact intercontinental premium […]

Airport lounges are re-opening: what to expect in the COVID-19 era

While the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic are hopefully behind us, there are still few hints of a “new normal.” With a patchwork of government regulations and ever-changing rules, fears of a second wave, and general uncertainty, the travel industry has been decimated and is bracing for some of its darkest years ahead. Still, […]

The Centurion Lounge opens at LAX

The highly-anticipated American Express Centurion Lounge at Los Angeles International airport opened its signature blue doors to the public this morning, following a media preview late last week. The Centurion Lounge LAX is the 12th location in the financial institution’s fast-expanding network and the third to open this year, after The Centurion Lounge Phoenix and […]

New Orleans, Phoenix, Newark: three new United Clubs on the horizon

We’ve reached out to United to find out about the upcoming United Club at New Orleans airport, the airline’s strategy to cope with the demolition of Phoenix airport Terminal 2, and plans to mitigate chronic crowding at the Newark lounges. We have exciting news to share: United is building three new clubs. But patience will […]

The SkyTeam Lounge returns to Istanbul with twice the space and new amenities

After a seven-month hiatus, SkyTeam elite and premium passengers again have a place to call home when traveling through Istanbul. Yesterday, Kristin Colvile, CEO of SkyTeam, inaugurated the new SkyTeam Lounge at Istanbul’s sprawling new airport. The global airline alliance is fashionably late: not only did the new airport open early April, but the lounge […]

Uniquely authentic: the new SWISS Alpine Lounge at Zurich airport

The last few years have seen Zurich airport undergo a quiet but effective transformation, with a steady delivery of thoughtful upgrades to operations and the overall passenger experience. Late last week, SWISS unveiled the culmination of three years of incremental design upgrades, with the opening of the more refined and authentically unique airport lounges: the […]

8 exciting airport lounges due to open by the end of 2019

October is already knocking on the door, and 2019 is starting to feel like a wrap. But premium airline passengers—and just about anyone who wishes to splurge for a bit of comfort—can look forward an exciting line-up of new airport lounges scheduled to land just in time for the holiday season. Here’s the lowdown on […]

Air Canada imports the Cafe Lounge concept to Toronto

On Friday, Air Canada unveiled a new lounge concept at Toronto Pearson international airport Terminal 1. The new Air Canada Café is a bistro-style space exclusively for the airline’s domestic Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers. The Café experience revolves around a generous selection of grab-and-go fresh food and beverages that guests are encouraged […]

FIRST LOOK: The new flagship Alaska Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma airport is #avgeek heaven

Tomorrow will mark the culmination of the first phase of an ambitious five-year project to transform the venerable North Satellite at Seattle-Tacoma airport in partnership with Alaska Airlines, the airport’s largest tenant and the sole occupant of the satellite building. The 45-year old structure is undergoing a complete makeover, to the tune of $550 million dollars. […]