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,
Finnair promotes itself as the short and impliedly fast mode of transportation between Asia and Europe. From or to Hong Kong that is misleading: for many European destinations, there are shorter direct flights. However, Finnair does sometimes have competitive pricing. Their offers from Hong Kong are on their clear and helpfully straightforward website.
I was connecting to this flight from a domestic AA flight so already had my boarding pass, on decent card thankfully not the thermal printed paper which seems to travel poorly. I took the airside train to terminal D and spent some time in the AA lounge there.
If you look at flight prices between Hong Kong and Europe you will often find that a couple of airlines are dramatically cheaper than any other – Russian airline Aeroflot and Air China. Aeroflot has been advertising extensively in Hong Kong lately, with posters at the airport, full-page colour press advertisements and even the diorama below currently on display at the airport depicting some of their destinations.
Emirates Airlines invests heavily in marketing to promote itself as a connection between Asia and Europe/Americas, through Dubai. Despite the abundance of direct flights between Hong Kong and major European cities, Emirates frequently comes up as a more cost-effective option for those who can afford a longer travel time.
The Indian carrier Jet Airways is currently running a promotion out of Hong Kong fare. Advertised fares include London, Paris and Amsterdam at $3,910 all in. Fares are available to destinations in India and across Jet’s global network. As you will fly through Bombay or Delhi you should be able to have at least a short stopover,