I was pretty excited for this flight. It’s not everyday I get to fly on an A380. It’s a bit sad that Asiana will be ending First Class service all together later in 2019. The First Class lounge was small but quiet which is always a plus these days.
Date: Friday June 30
Seat: 6A Business
Scheduled Push Back: 7:50 PM
Actual Push Back: 8:20 PM
As soon as I landed from SFO I had a text that my flight was delayed. At least Asiana is proactive. I headed to the gate a bit early since the Asiana business class lounge, which is open to priority pass, was packed.
After my underwhelming lounge experience in the SFO China Airlines Lounge I wasn’t expecting much in ICN. I arrived, went through transfer security, and proceeded to the lounge. The lounge was P A C K E D. I had a hunch why and verified Asiana (and Korean Airlines) open their business class lounges to priority pass. These days everybody and their mothers (literally my mother has a priority pass membership) has access. Asiana should really focus on providing a better ground experience for their business class customers.
Date: Thursday June 29
Seat: 4K Business
Scheduled Push Back: 12:40 PM
Actual Push Back: 12:47 PM
I arrived at the gate around 11:50 AM as the lounge attendant instructed me I would need to get a “real” paper boarding pass. To bypass lines at airport check in, I did the mobile check in and printed my boarding pass. I provided the gate agent with my mobile check in boarding pass and passport. She then looked at a separate piece of paper and crossed my name out. This looked more serious than re-printing a boarding pass I thought. She confirmed my final destination was Manila and asked about my return flight. I mentioned I would be returning Friday July 7 on a different airline. She seemed to get more direct and informed me that she must see my return otherwise I wouldn’t be allowed to board. I had to step away to lookup my Korean Airlines reservation. I returned and showed my return reservation and was given my boarding passes.