I mean c’mon, after reading all of the terrible reviews on LoungeBuddy, you practically have to stop at the Copa Club in Juan Santamaria International.
Ever the hopeless optimist, I figured the lounge couldn’t be all bad…
To me, it was like any other lounge – a quick respite from the normal airport hustle. I understand the folks that travel constantly; they’ll have a different opinion of lounges, and will probably have more experiences to compare with any given lounge. For me though, a lounge is just a spot to relax and grab a few snacks. Hell, I didn’t even know lounges existed until I started travel hacking!
This is the last lounge post for a while, I promise. I just had to check all the overdue posts off my list !
Up until a few weeks ago, I only had the opportunity to stop by the Admirals Club near Gate B4. Due to the recent US Airways merger, American Airlines finds themselves with not just one, but two Admirals Clubs in Terminal B at Boston Logan!
A few weeks ago I found myself in Terminal E at Boston Logan International Airport, grabbing a drink at the Air France Lounge.
But I wasn’t flying out of Terminal E.
In fact, wasn’t even there for a flight.
On a regular evening, I found myself catching the Silver Line out of South Station to Boston Logan for my Global Entry interview. I thought it would be an excellent chance to use my Priority Pass, and check out a new lounge. The Global Entry interview office is in Terminal E at BOS. Coincidentally, Terminal E also houses most of Boston’s international flights, as well as the Air France lounge. I stopped in for a bite to eat, and to wait out the worst of rush hour downtown.
On the way back from Mexico, I had the opportunity to test drive yet another lounge!
Part of the Priority Pass Lounge Network, the Mera Business Lounges found at Cancun International Airport offer travelers some space away from the hustle of the typical airport experience. In Cancun, this is even more important than your typical airport. The concourses are simply massive, open rooms. There’s no quiet corner to sit back and relax, no table along the outskirts to hunker down and get some work done.
On my Mexico trip, we flew through Atlanta on the way there and back.
For anyone that hasn’t flown out of Atlanta…
It’s huge. Atlanta sees nearly triple the passengers Boston does, and it shows. There’s twice as many terminals, and a train that runs between them. Southwest calls Terminal C its home, and American happens to fly out of Terminal T, which means . With over 2 hours in Atlanta on both the way to Cancun and back home to Boston, I slipped my Citi AAdvantage Executive card back into my wallet before we left.
The American Express Platinum, Charles Schwab edition.
I’ll admit, this one was a bit of an impulse. I’ve been shifting my focus from credit cards to bank bonuses, giving my credit report a bit of time to recover from the inquiries in the last year. I’ve opened up more than 10 cards since I started travel hacking about 9 months ago.
Flying out of Charlotte, I had my second taste of the high life. Racing through security, I turned my attention to the Admirals Club in Concourse C at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Similar to Boston, Charlotte actually has two Admirals Clubs, one an old US Airways Club. This time, I actually opted for the old US Airways option, rather than the original American Airlines lounge in Concourse B.
In addition to extra miles on American Airlines purchases, discounts on in-flight snacks, and World Elite MasterCard benefits, this card grants the user Admirals Club access. As long as the card is open, you can pop right in and enjoy the food, drinks, and comfy chairs.
Not only did I love pretending I was an important business traveler, but their gin & tonic wasn’t half bad…especially considering it was free!