Airline-sponsored lounges are so full you can’t get in

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I visit a lot of airline lounges around the world. I now keep noticing new signs popping up that read, “Sorry, no one-day passes allowed today.” Basically, the lounges are so popular that they can’t squeeze more people into them, especially during busy travel hours. I fully understand if an airline has capacity limits in their lounges and wants to keep a premium experience for their travelers. However, if that is the case they need to stop selling one-day passes to every traveler for $50 when they purchase an airline ticket. Imagine how people feel after paying $50 and then finding out they can’t get in. This is not good P.R.
Here are three good options instead of airline lounges –

  1. Centurion Lounges – Travelers with an AMEX Platinum card can use the 8 Centurion Lounges for free at major airports. Although the annual fee for the card is high these lounges are outstanding. Click HERE to read all about where to find these lounges.
  2. The Priority Pass – This club has over 1200 lounges worldwide and offers a reasonable alternative to airline lounges. These lounges are usually a little smaller and often not as glamorous as the sizzle from the new airline lounges however they are quiet and offer good workspace and wi-fi with complimentary pre-flight bites and drinks. Their best plan may be the $299 annual fee for 10 free visits. You also get a free membership with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. CLICK HERE for the scoop on the Priority Pass.
  3. NO Club option – Ironically many major airports have spent billions upgrading so they have added wonderful dining and shopping areas as well as comfortable seating and desks. Four of my favorite are Newark, Houston, Dallas, and Minneapolis. Warning, you have to find the new terminal or you might feel you are in a World War II time capsule. Two times in 2018 the lounges were so full I went outside and found a quiet place that was no hassle and no mess and NO COST!

 

I just returned home from London and despite all the doom and gloom in the press, they are booming! –

I had not been to London for several years as I admittedly often tried to avoid it as a connecting city because the messy terminals they used to have. But the billions they have spent have built an amazing airport at Heathrow. Here are seven quick observation about my quick trip to London.

  1. Construction cranes are everywhere – On my visit to the city I saw dozens and dozens of construction cranes everywhere. If Brexit is bringing economic disaster you could not see it anywhere.
  2. London cabs are historic and expensive – I love the old black humpback shaped taxi as you feel you are going back into history. But be careful as my ride from the hotel to the airport cost over $120 USD. Use Uber or Lyft for about a third of the price.
  3. Use the Tube – And I don’t mean YouTube. Use the London Underground to get around for short and long distances. The price is just reasonable.
  4. Take the train from London Heathrow to Paddington Station in the heart of town – The fare is about $25-$30 dollars but only takes about 15 minutes to get into town versus horrendous traffic jams.
  5. My new favorite hotel in London is the Hotel Café Royal – This is an amazing hotel in the best shopping area in London. The service is world class. The facilities are amazing and even though it has over 200 rooms you will feel like you are their only guest. The new restaurant named “Cake and Bubbles” is a fun stop and their fine dining restaurant is also a must. You have to check this hotel out by clicking HERE.
  6. Harrod’s is a must see even if you hate shopping – Where else in the world can you find a Mont Blanc pen that sells for $200,000? The food court will make your mouth water at just the sight. Founded by Charles Henry Harrod back in 1824 it is now owned by the country of Qatar and is a magnet for foreign shoppers around the world. If you want to watch the rich and famous enter the store go to door #4 and you will see a lot of people with sunglasses and bodyguards arriving in Bentleys and Rolls Royces. The Harrods Cafe on the third floor is my favorite stop for afternoon tea.  CLICK HERE for a short look at Harrod’s. 
  7. If you have never been to Europe then London is an easy starting point – London is still one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, but it is a glorious town to visit that speaks English and loves Americans. Call one of our friendly travel advisors at 402-435-8888 so we can help you find the perfect getaway.

 

Attend our FREE Travel Nights this week! –

Please attend our FREE and informative Travel Nights this week. On Thursday, April 4th at 6 PM at the People’s City Mission, 110 Q Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. Meet Pastor Tom to learn all about our exceptional journey to Israel and Jordan this September 11-22. CLICK HERE to RSVP. On Sunday, April 7 at 3-5 PM and 6-8 PM at Ayers & Ayers, 2436 N 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68504,Women of Nebraska will present their unique travel concept and feature upcoming journeys to Italy, Israel, Ireland, and Greece. CLICK HERE to RSVP. Call our friendly Group Department to receive a tour brochure, 402-435-8888. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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