Some airport lounges offer a standard set of amenities, but others have something to set them apart.
The Finnair Premium Lounge in Helsinki is primarily of interest in our context as it is open for select One World members heading to Hong Kong on Finnair. What sets it apart from any other lounge I have visited is that it has its own sauna,
We previously reviewed the lounge Qatar Airways offers its economy passengers with One World status and bemoaned the fact that they don’t really follow the spirit of One World reciprocity. Instead of letting status holders use their own lounge (as Cathay and many others do) they have created separate lounges for them.
This Summer I had the good fortune of taking a long haul flight and several regional flights with both Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines. We won’t feature detailed trip reports on all of them but here is a simple comparison of some elements of the experience. Different aircraft and routes have different configuration and service so this is not meant to be authoritative – it is simply a snapshot summary based on the flights which I took.
Do you want to get the best value out of your Asia Miles? A lot of people redeem Asia miles for flights with Cathay Pacific or Dragonair. Sometimes, however, there can be better value using Asia Miles to make a different type of redemption.
British Airways made a big hullabaloo when it consolidated all of its flights into its supposedly dedicated terminal at Heathrow, terminal five. Some years on, however, other connected airlines such as Iberia also use Terminal Five and BA operates some flights out of Terminal Three. This first class lounge in terminal three is useful for Hong Kong passengers since Cathay’s flights depart from that terminal and their own lounge has under renovation for many months although is supposed to be reopened around now.