A Cathay Present: CIP Orchid Lounge Da Nang

Feeling rather peckish, I actually had a very good sleep last night at the Hilton Da Nang, I was awake by 5am, naturally, with the sunrise right in front when my eyes open. You have no idea how good that felt to be awake naturally. I left the hotel and check out around 7am and got a grab to the airport. The journey was quick and took about 10mins. It does seems that the roads had a little more traffic and the locals getting busy with their lives as well as more of the constant driving while on the horns. Da Nang International Airport sure look fresh, although rather no fills, it was a quiet morning and I was let out just as where the desks of Cathay were located. The desks have just open a couple of mins ago, some customers were already there, although there is no wait for First! It is nice to see that they actually have a dedicated line for First Class passenger even though Cathay Dragon does not have First Class on this route. My bag was checked and I was issued boarding pass all the way to JFK. It is surely a nice sight to see these boarding pass and lounges invites. Cathay uses the CIP Orchid Lounge in Da Nang, in fact all the airlines uses it since it is the only lounge in the Airport.

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No. 24, Taiwan: Plaza Premium Lounge Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1

Most of the time Plaza Premium does not disappoint when it comes to Contract Lounge. I feel like they are a step above others when it comes to non airline operated lounges. The plaza premium offerings are usually fairly impressive among their peers. They are a hospitality group headquartered in Hong Kong and operate lounges around the world. I have heard impressive things especially of their lounges in Heathrow as well as in Vancouver. Most of their lounges are also part of the Priority Pass network and you could access them with your membership. In some location, they do have arrival lounges as well. On my way back form Taipei, I was in Taoyuan International Airport. After getting my favourite mochi from I JY SHENG we went to check in. There was a slight wait despite the long line.

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No. 24, Taiwan: Ambassador Transit Lounge Changi Airport Terminal 2

It had been ages since I flown out of Terminal 2, in comparison to the other terminals, it felt kind of foreign, unfamiliar. Usually, I am either in Terminal 3 for SQ long haul, if not, Terminal 1 for budget airlines for trips to nearby countries. I was in fact hopping to have a chance in trying the newest Terminal 4, but Scoot loves being the odd one out, the only low cost carrier left hanging out in Terminal 2. But I believe this is due to code sharing and ease of transit for passengers towards Singapore Airlines. I have actually planned to visit the SATS Premier Lounge, but in a turn of events, ended up at the Ambassador Transit Lounge instead. That is another story for another day.

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Peking to Beijing: Air China First Class Lounge Beijing Capital Airport International Terminal

While my flight home to Singapore only departs at 4.40pm, I headed to the airport much earlier than expected. After returning from a little walk in the morning, we took a cab slightly after noon to the Airport. The journey was smooth, although still took about an hour. Beijing Capital Airport is one of the most gorgeous one out there, the design definitely made it look airy and spacious. There was a little queue for check in although it definitely didn’t took long given the amount of counters that were open! I even managed to get an Extra Leg Room Seats at upgrade, which was so awesome. How impressive was the airport when you have a dragon sculpture at the Airport. I was really excited to check out the Air China First Class Lounge! I was impressed that it is a Priority Pass Lounge since this is like the flagship lounge of an airline in their own hub!

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Peking to Beijing: SATS Premier Lounge Changi Airport Terminal 3

I have previously did a comparison of Priority Pass lounge in Changi Airport Terminal 3 as part of my previous trip report that I did back in 2017. Do check that out if you are keen to have a summary of the lounges offering in Terminal 3. This time around, since I was flying out of Terminal 3 towards Beijing, I took on the chance to check out the SATS Premier Lounge in detail this time round. Personally, I think that it is the best Priority Pass Lounge in this terminal. Tons of credit cards in Singapore now offers Priority Pass access, from probably about 2 access per year to unlimited ones. The advantages, more people have access to such lounges, free drinks and food, while on the other side, these lounges aren’t as special as it used to be, and the trend seems to be such that there are always on the crowded side. My flight depart at 8.45am in the morning, which means that I have to be at the airport way before even the sun rises. Thankfully, my house is less than 10 mins away from the airport, and at this timing, traffic is barely a thing.

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Trip de Americae: Silverkris Lounge Incheon Airport

Shortly after deplaning, we had to go thru a security screening before entering the transit area! I was in a desperate need to get a shower after being in the air for more than 13 hours, feeling sticky and all after the journey. Thankful security was a breeze, we arrive late and night and got to deplane ahead of the other passenger. Incheon Airport is constantly one of the best in the world, competing with MY CHANGI AIRPORT and I am interested to see how different it will be after last being here back in 2012! The lounge is a short walk away and on the fourth level, next to the China Eastern Lounge and Korean Air Lounge. Do note that this lounge is due to be closed from 18 Jan 2018 till further notice. Trust me. It is definitely in need of a renovation! Seems like the review might not be relevant anymore, but I will just share a little on my thoughts here.

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Trip de Americae: Korean Airlines Lounge LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal

I had plenty of time left prior to my boarding time after leaving the Star Alliance Lounge which I have shared on in the previous post. There are actually plenty of lounges in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, there is a Etihad, Qantas, Oneworld, Emirates and also a Korean Air Lounge. Seeing that the KAL is under the Priority Pass Program, I decided to check it out. In case if you are not flying any premium cabins out of TBIT or have loyalty membership, this is the lounge that you will be able to use, if you have a Priority Pass membership. I have an unlimited access from my Standard Chartered Card and took full use of it. The Korean Air Lounge is located on the 5th floor, one level below the Star Alliance Lounge.

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