I have previously written about the opportunity to earn points for simply visiting participating Plaza Premium Lounges around the world through a membership called Arrture. At that point of writing, the only redemption option was a lounge-access voucher for 2,000 Arrture Points. This has changed recently however as you are now able to redeem your Arrture Points for a range of vouchers and products (with the latter being a work-in-progress still) online.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has just announced the opening of a newly-renovated lounge in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The Bangkok Sakura Lounge is slated to open on 01 March 2017 and it will feature a brand new layout with more shower suites. The lounge which also be accessible to oneworld alliance elite members and eligible premium cabin passengers will join the Cathay Pacific's designer lounge which was opened in June 2015.
The next time you drop by a Plaza Premium Lounge, look our for the opportunity to sign-up to be an Arrture member - it is completely free of charge and you will be able to accrue Arrture Points which you can redeem for complimentary lounge access passes (for yourself or your family and friends). Arrture is also planning to allow members to redeem their Arrture Points for "goods and services in the future".
When I traveled from Auckland to Singapore via Singapore Airlines on Suites back in November 2016, I had access to the relatively new Air New Zealand Auckland International Lounge. This Air New Zealand flagship lounge which opened in late 2015 features a clean and modern design with various seating zones and configurations that will cater to different travellers. Eligible passengers who also hold a Star Alliance Gold status may access this lounge as well.
On my latest flight from Haneda to Hong Kong on ANA's Business Class, I had access to the ANA Lounge. As you approach the ANA Lounge (which has been refreshed in 2014) in the International Terminal of Haneda Airport, you will notice that there are actually two separate lounges - the ANA Lounge (which I will review here) and the ANA SUITE LOUNGE which is reserved for First Class and ANA Diamond Service members on eligible ANA or Star Alliance flights.
The Private Room is arguably the most exclusive airport lounge in the whole of Changi Airport. While the airport is home to many brilliant airport lounges (even paid ones like the Plaza Premium Lounge!), The Private Room is by far the most privileged one that I have visited. Having Star Alliance Gold will not even get you close to this lounge if you are not traveling on First Class. The Private Room is tucked away quietly inside the First Class Lounge of the SilverKris Lounge so yes, it is indeed a lounge within a lounge. Check out my first experience here!
I recently traveled down to Cebu in Philippines over the weekend and since there are no Star Alliance flights that operate between Singapore and Cebu, I did not have any lounge access for the trip. Therefore, I decided to make use of the opportunity to check out the relatively new Plaza Premium Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport which I heard was beautiful.
Previously known as the Bayan Lepas International Airport, Penang International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes away from Georgetown. I stayed at the beautiful Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa (review soon to come!) when I visited last month and if you are coming from there, the ride should take you about an hour. Since I was flying on SilkAir and my Star Alliance Gold status was not with Singapore Airlines, I did not have lounge access on my flight back from PEN to SIN as such, I looked at my options and found the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Penang International Airport instead.
Like most Singaporeans, I travel to Bangkok quite a fair number of times a year (mainly the weekends) and since I have Star Alliance Gold, I tend to spend most of my time in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport in either the Thai Airways Lounge or the SilverKris Lounge. Since I had some time to kill during my latest trip from Bangkok to Singapore, I decided to check out the newest Star Alliance Lounge in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport - the EVA Air Lounge - which is the best airport lounge Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport has seen so far!
During my last trip to Taipei, I stayed at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Taipei (which is rumoured to be Taipei's most haunted hotel) and the amazingly opulent Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. On my way back to Singapore, I checked out the China Airlines Dynasty Business Class Lounge Taipei and was immediately blown away by how beautiful it is. As part of the benefits for holding an ANZ Travel Visa Signature Card, I have unlimited access to Veloce Lounges around the world and this lounge used to be part of that list - it is sadly now being removed.
The Emirates Business Class Lounge at the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is a great airport lounge to hangout at if you have a flight on Qantas or Emirates. Enjoy unlimited Moët & Chandon and/or Veuve Clicquot champagne in this business class lounge. Read on to find out more!
The Emirates Lounge is located in Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport on level 3 in the Departure Transit Lounge. The lounge accepts passengers from Emirates First / Business Class and EK Gold Skywards members. Find out more about this lounge and the delicious food offerings it has.
The Qantas Singapore Lounge located in Terminal One of Singapore Changi Airport, offers a new standard of luxury for travellers. If you are travelling on Business or First Class on Qantas (or a OneWorld flight in similar class), be sure to check out The Qantas Singapore Lounge. The Qantas Singapore Lounge is open from 230pm to 11pm daily so make sure your flight is around those timings otherwise you might miss the opportunity to check it out.
Located in the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Concourse G), the Louis' Tavern CIP First Class Lounge is free for holders of the ANZ Travel Visa Signature card. Despite being called a First Class lounge, there is nothing First Class about this place at all. Unless of course, you consider it to be first in its class to be bad. While it would have passed off as an indie and grunge looking bar or cafe, the lounge was almost dreadful to be in.
I visited the SATS Premier Lounge at Terminal 2 which is located in the Departure Transit Hall on Level 3. As I had a morning flight to catch, I arrived at the lounge around 645am and it was almost empty. For those on a longer layover, there's ample reading materials in the lounge - magazines, newspapers and even the computers if you're travelling (extremely) light. Overall a pretty decent lounge with a comfortable environment and the right facilities. It was not extremely fancy but definitely had everything you required for a lengthy layover in Singapore.