Priority Pass

Copa Club, SJO Main Terminal

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Tom seems like a practical guy.

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!

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Air France Lounge, BOS Terminal E

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.

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Mera Business Lounge, CUN Terminal 2

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.

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First Impressions: American Express Platinum Card for Schwab

Last week, I added a new horse to the stable.

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.

Hey, go big or go home, right?

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