LOT BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE, WARSAW, POLAND

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As I had already checked in online for my evening departure flight out of Warsaw’s Chopin airport,  I proceeded directly to the Fast Track security line. This Fast Track line is not easy to find and is located on the right hand side of the terminal and provides Fast Track service to Star Alliance Gold members, LOT Business Class passengers and premium customers of various other airlines. There was no one else in line at security and within a minute I was through. 

The LOT Polish Airlines Business Class Lounge is one level up from the main terminal, maybe a three minute walk from the security checkpoint. The lounge offers various seating options, including lounge chairs with or without tables and comfortable sofas. The lounge also has a mini business centre with some PC’s.

The food and beverage offerings where rather modest and made a bad impression. There was an area with snacks (chocolate bars and peanuts), a tiny plate with cold cuts and bread/crackers and two bowls with hot items. One contained overcooked rather unappetising looking broccoli and the othe contained small pieces of something which was probably once beef.I skipped both and went for a coffee only.

No calls for departing flights were made which I found pleasant and made the lounge a good place to spend a little time before departure. 

https://www.lot.com/us/en/

ALASKA AIRLINES

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ALASKA AIRLINES, FIRST CLASS, LAX-LAS, LAS-SFO

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I flew Alaska Airlines First Class from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Las Vegas to San Francisco. Both flights were on aircraft of the former Virgin America Airlines which was taken over by Alaska last year (2018).

Check-in at Terminal 6 was a breeze and Alaska sports a nice small premium-lounge which offers a bar, a few breakfast items (including their own branded pancake making machine). The lounge was very busy this early morning but offered plenty of seating, a nice tarmac view and super-clean rest rooms.

Both flights were very short so the food and beverage offering was limited. The was a pre-departure drink, a drink inflight and a snack basket. Flight Attendants were professional and charming and made it a pleasant experience. Early booking rates for First Class are very competitive, and were only US$ 40 more than tickets in the main cabin. (Bear in mind that you have to pay extra for each check-in bag on US-domestic flights). The flights departed on time and Alaska Airlines has a 20min baggage delivery promise.

I really liked the fact that First Class had only 2 rows and really comfortable recliner seats which makes even a short flight very comfy.

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https://www.alaskaair.com

ASPIRE LOUNGE, ZURICH AIRPORT, SWITZERLAND

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The Aspire Lounge Zurich Airport Terminal E is operated by Swissport and has a fresh and bright ambiance. The lounge offers various seating options including high bar tables, leather chairs, a dining area and a panoramic terrace with outdoor seating.

The lounge offers a good variety of drinks but the food selection is rather limited, comprising a soup, a salad bar, hot dog style sausages with mustard and a choice of 2 warm items. Small packed cheeses and cookies are also available. 

Newspapers are on display for lounge use and free wifi is provided for 2 hours. 

The lounge can get very busy at certain times of the day, depending on flight departures and airlines which use this lounge. I saw many dirty tables which had not been  cleaned for a long time and that made the place look a little sub-standard compared to other lounges available at Zurich Airport in Terminal E.

The lounge is open for public use for a fee of 35 Swiss Francs. (I would recommend to check the occupancy of the lounge before paying the entrance fee)

https://aspirelounge.ch/en/

MADRID AIRPORT, PUERTO DE ALCALA VIP LOUNGE, SPAIN

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The Puerta de Alcala lounge at Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 2 serves passengers traveling within Europe’s Schengen zone. The lounge welcomes elite and premium customers of a dozen airlines including Air France KLM, Alitalia, Lufthansa and SWISS as well as members of popular lounge access programs such as Priority Pass. All passengers, regardless of airline or class or service, may also purchase access.

The Puerta de Alcala lounge at Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 2 is located on the upper level, near gate D62. The spacious lounge boasts a long window wall and benefits from ample daylight and exciting views of the tarmac and airport grounds.

While the slightly industrial and old fashioned décor is unremarkable, the layout is open and spacious, with plenty of space to walk around. A single large room is home to a dining area, a seating area, and a business zone. The seats are located by the windows with a side table and power outlet at every seat. Immediately across is the buffet and dining area with both traditional café-style seating and table seating. 

The buffet offers a selection of snacks, salads, sandwiches, yoghurt, and other packaged items such as fruit salads. There are also rotating hot entrees such as pasta dishes. The selection varies, and hot food availability may be hit or miss, but the spread is substantial enough for a quick meal on the ground.

The Puerta de Alcala lounge at Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 2 is a comfortable lounge, with a pretty strong line-up of amenities for short distance travel within Europe’s Schengen zone. I liked the panoramic window very much. 

http://www.aena.es/en/madrid-barajas-airport/puerta-de-alcala.html

PRIMECLASS LOUNGE, ZURICH-AIRPORT, SWITZERLAND

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The Turkish Ground Service provider TAV has opened a new Primeclass Lounge at Zurich Airport. It is located on the top floor of the Non Schengen Terminal E.

The lounge is 862 m2 with a capacity of 134 seats (116 indoor and 18 outdoor) a bar, a hot/cold buffet, wifi, shower facilities, a business corner and private suites. The lounge spreads out from one side of the terminal to the other so there is a fantastic view of the airport on both sides and of the Swiss Alps on one side. The lounge is decorated in a very modern way, with blue designer chairs and conventional seating in dining table style.

The lounge is fairly new, so it does not cater to many airlines yet. It is open to several lounge pass holders, such as Priority Pass etc. Entry into the lounge can also currently be purchased at CHF 50 for a 3 hour stay.

 

http://www.primeclass.com.tr/en/Services/Pages/Zurich-Airport-Lounge.aspx

SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES, ZURICH AIRPORT (LOUNGES)

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SWISS International Air Lines has recently re-opened  the revamped Business Lounge and a new Senator Lounge at Zurich Airport. The new lounges are in addition to the recently opened Business Lounge and Senator Lounge at Terminal/Dock E serving Intercontinental flights.

A new First Class check-in experience and a lounge has also been recently been introduced. First Class passengers can now also enjoy the long awaited Meet and Greet pick-up service from long haul flights. Passengers will be escorted to a separate passport and security control if they have connecting flights, or to the baggage claim area if Zurich is their final destination.

I am featuring these photos courtesy of Mr. Tim and Mr. Christoph of Frankfurtflyer.de. You can see their reviews on the links below. (german language only)

 

BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGES:

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FIRST CLASS LOUNGES: 

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https://www.frankfurtflyer.de/vorstellung-swiss-business-class-lounge-in-zuerich-terminal-a/

https://www.frankfurtflyer.de/vorstellung-die-neue-swiss-senator-lounge-zuerich-terminal-a/

https://www.frankfurtflyer.de/review-swiss-first-class-lounge-e-zuerich/

https://www.frankfurtflyer.de/review-die-neue-swiss-first-class-lounge-a-zuerich/

https://www.swiss.com/CH/EN/fly/airport/lounges-zurich.html

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HUGO JUNKERS LOUNGE, DUSSELDORF, GERMANY

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I visited the Hugo Junkers Lounge at Düsseldorf Airport in the early morning. It is located next to the security check point “B” upstairs. (Since the closure of Air Berlin,the security check point “B” is not very busy at all. My tip, use this check point instead of the busy “A” checkpoint. All checkpoints lead to all gates at this airport)

The Hugo Junkers Lounge is a themed lounge dedicated to Hugo Junkers, an aviation pioneer and his aircraft. The Lounge is spacious with a large seating area as well as some tables to work or eat. The food and beverage on offer is the usual, nothing special, and rather on the simpler side. All standard beverages are available, including wine and spirits.

The best asset of this lounge is the view. There is a tarmac view and part of the C and B terminals are visible and that makes it a nice place to wait, particularly for aviation lovers. Priority pass holders as well as some airline’s business class passengers may use the lounge for free. Access for a fee of roughly 30 Euros is also possible.

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https://www.dus.com/en/services/lounges/hugo-junkers-lounge