I took advantage of various Marriott gift card deals ranging from 15-20% off. Since these gift cards were in USD it’s best to use them locally and not be subject to a bad conversation rates. My fiancé wanted to visit a cold weather destination and Chicago came to mind!
We took the blue line from the airport and arrived at the hotel about 50 minutes later. The JW Marriott is located in the loop which is central to most locations. However, as the loop is a business district many things were closed for the holidays. We walked into the hotel which had a large lobby decorated for Christmas.
Alaska Airlines has been expanding their lounge footprint and updating their lounges. Previously the locations were called boardrooms and had a older look to them. The new locations have a modern Pacific Northwest look and feel.
The LAX location is part of Priority Pass but is notorious for not admitting members due to crowding which was also the case today. I was quickly admitted by having a Alaska Club membership (First Class tickets also come with access).
The lounge is pretty small and consist of one seating area and a bar area. The seating area has cubical seating and tables for working or eating.
The LAX Centurion lounge opened a few days back and I wanted to check it out as soon as possible. I booked a flight to LAX for the day just for the occasion. When I checked into the lounge I was told there is a 3 hour policy and I’d need to wait 45 minutes before returning. I understand rules are rules. However, the main purpose of that rule was for crowding and given the current situation with COVID-19 I had a feeling there wasn’t any crowds. When I returned I was quickly admitted into the lounge to find about 10 people.
LAX has a variety of lounges that I wanted to see so I booked a flight to spend a few hours at LAX. That’s normal, right?
The main motivation behind this trip was to see the new LAX Centurion Lounge. However, with my Alaska Airlines club membership I also had access to the Admirals Club. I walked over to Terminal 4 and walked into the check in area.
The seating is in a 1-2-1 arrangement on the lower deck in the nose of the aircraft. The crew was very professional and addressed me by name. The seat was comfortable and spacious. On the seat was two pillows.
British Airways recently remodeled the SFO lounge in 2019. The pictures looked stunning. This would be my first time visiting a British Airways lounge. I showed up at 12:45 PM for my 4:30 PM flight to find out the lounge doesn’t open until 1:15 PM. Taking advantage of my oneworld ticket I went over to the Cathay Pacific lounge to wait it out.
Singapore Airlines has begun to refresh their regional product. What use to be angled flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration has been updated to 1-2-1 on new A350 aircraft. After a quick stay at the SilverKris lounge we heading to the boarding gate.
Date: Saturday January 25 Flight: 917 Aircraft: A350-900 Origin: MNL Destination: SIN Seat: 19D Scheduled Push Back: 2:05 PM Actual Push Back: 2:08 PM
We boarded and were directed to our seats by the flight crew. The new regional product is a big improvement over the older seats. These seats feature direct aisle access and fully lay flat seats.
I was pretty excited to try Cathay Pacific First Class for the first time. I got a teaser of the First Class seat on my inbound flight from SGN. I already knew the seat was wide and comfortable. I spent a few hours the The Pier which was a nice lounge.
I’ve been pretty excited to check out Cathay Pacifics First Class Lounges. Based on my limited research are two main First Class lounges. The Wing has cabanas (enclosed suite with a day bed) and a Champagne bar. However, The Pier has recently-ish been remodeled and looks stunning. I decided to check out The Pier.