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There is nothing more controversial than suggesting that someone should just skip the first class lounge, especially after they have worked so hard to get there. As a featured site on BoardingArea this week, we are sharing some of our “best of” posts with you.
There are a few posts in our history that really struck a nerve. For those we’ve received a lot of emails, comments, and social commentary. In 2015, we suggested that you might just skip the first class lounge. And in 2016, we also suggested you skip the dan dan noodles, which was way of suggesting the same concept. Imagine that you are going to spend that money or earn those miles and then NOT milk it for all its worth? Blasphemy!
And we still stand by this advice. Yes we do. Go read those posts… and then come back and let us explain. And then we’d like to hear your thoughts.
Sometimes we are first class lounge maximizers
During recent weekend getaways, we have made good use of the hotel lounge or breakfast benefits.
At the W Mexico City, my Starwood Lifetime Platinum status was put to good use. We slept late each morning and rolled down to the restaurant late to enjoy the buffet. Jim loved the fresh fruits and cheeses. I sipped chocolate caliente and nibbled on pan con tomate.
At the Hyatt Churchill in London, we enjoyed breakfast in the lounge each morning. We also stopped in every afternoon for tea and biscuits as we regrouped. And in the evening we lingered over hors d’oeuvres as we planned what to do next.
I’ve actually tried to purposely build in plenty of lounge time on my last several leisure tickets. That cushion has ended up being well-planned. I’ve ended up needing it for flight cancellations, weather delays, or other unexpected hiccups.
But sometimes you’d be surprised we write about travel at all
I accepted a staff discounted business class ticket on Emirates knowing I would not be allowed to write about the experience. And that I would not have access to their lounges at all. As it always is… wow! Even without lounge access, Emirates is top notch.
I chose to catch an extra hour of sleep at the sleep at the transit hotel in Doha which cut into my lounge time in the more luxurious Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge. I still managed a couple of glasses of Krug, but I didn’t spend the hours most spend exploring every nook and cranny.
I prioritized conversational time with my companions during my last transits through the Lufthansa, Cathay, and British Airways lounges. Less time for trying out all the bells and whistles (or photographing things for reviews), more time for personal memories.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. I regularly check into hotels and never even scope out the amenities. I transit airports without enough time to stop at a lounge at all. On airplanes I usually pull out my laptop and go straight to work, refusing food and beverages, relying only on my refillable water bottle. The more work I accomplish on the road, the more personal time I get at home.
I’m still standing. Is it still controversial? You tell us – we want to know if this topic still resonates. Is it still okay to skip the first class lounge?