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Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:12 am

I was flying up and down the East Coast yesterday on a mileage run/going home for Christmas break and decided to spend the $50 for a one-day pass to the Admirals Club. It turned out to be a wise investment as I used it at DCA and LGA for a little bit each, and spent about two hours at MIA in both of their clubs there.

All of the clubs impressed me greatly. DCA and LGA both had amazing views of the ramps, but I didn't get to spend much time there. The MIA Admirals Club in Concourse D was like a palace!

So for the people who are regulars at these clubs, which I surely am not, please let us know what your personal favorites are and why!
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:22 am

Domestic as in within the US? AA Flagship Lounge at LAX - self serve bar with half decent champagne, wine and spirits, Corona with chilled frosted glasses, half decent food and there was nobody in that time of day! Was like my own private lounge  bigthumbsup 

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Afraid an AC daypass won't get you in though. For the most part I have a fairly low opinion of airline lounges within the US, that said they are better than the concourse...but only a little  Wink The other weekend I got to use the BA Executive Club* at DEN whilst flying cross country with UA and after a few UA RCCs & US Clubs it really made me appreciate those Terraces & First lounges!



*term used when a lounge isn't a Terraces...
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:38 pm

Qantas Club lounges for domestic flights in Australia are all very good. Probably Sydney is the biggest with 2 separate bar areas. Free alcohol is available after 1:00pm.
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:49 pm

When you compare US domestic lounges against the Qantas domestic lounges, the US ones are crap. Spent time in LAX and it was crap unfortuantley.
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:20 pm

For what it's worth the Delta Crown Room won best airline club in Business Traveller magazine. I like them but they do need to renovate a few of them out there.

I've been impressed by the President's Clubs in IAH and the World Clubs in DTW though they were all very new or recently renovated.
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:50 pm

i'm a fan of the Crown Room Club myself.
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:53 pm

Since i have only been in US ones i would say the AS Board Room and the DL crown club
 
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 7:15 am

I like the Crown Rooms. Was in of the JFK Crown Rooms two weeks ago. It was very good stocked with drinks and snacks like cheese, crackers, peanuts,pretzels and fruit.

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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 7:21 am

I was a member of the NW worldclub and the UA red carpet but dropped from both. At that time I remember that the booze was no charge at NW but UA DID charge for them. What the policy now on alcohol at all the airline clubs?
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:32 am

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 8):
What the policy now on alcohol at all the airline clubs?

I've not been to a NW Worldclub for several years but here is my experience of them within the US:

US Clubs & UA RCCs have bars where you have to pay for alcohol. If you are a *A Gold flying internationally you'll get drink chits. Same goes for international J & F.

AA Admirals Clubs give non AA oneworld elites a drinks coupon upon entry, although you can go back to the front desk and ask for more.

BA lounges within the US, both Terraces & First Lounges have open bars. Usually more premium brand alcohol in the First lounges.
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:20 am

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 8):
What the policy now on alcohol at all the airline clubs?

Delta, NW, and Continental all have "free" (though you know you're paying for it with your members dues) booze. Usually a decent selection of booze and wine in all of them.
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 8:39 pm

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):
term used when a lounge isn't a Terraces...

I've always wondered whats the difference?

Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 6):
AS Board Room

I would ahve to agree that for american lounges the AS board rooms are really nice, they give what they need, drinks (hot and cold), snacks (hot and cold, but not a whole bunch- as most other american lounge), TV's, free phone calls, areas to relaxe, reading material, clean, and in some they have an asortment of things to keep childern happy (take the LAX lounge, they have kids books, games and a seperate TV with a bunch of movies for the kids.. I use to love it when I was younger!) etc...

Yes it does seem that the australian lounges are really nice!!
Although I can't wait to see what the new Qantas Club (well I guess its more of a oneworld lounge) is going to be like in LAX, it should be up and working next time I fly through!

In march I'm going to be trying out DL's crown clubs in SEA (I might just use the AS lounge there), ATL, Salt lake, and if there is one down in SJO then there as well!
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:52 pm

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 11):
In march I'm going to be trying out DL's crown clubs in SEA (I might just use the AS lounge there), ATL, Salt lake

The one in SEA isn't very big but it does the job. No idea what it looks like now since I haven't been to Seattle in 6 years but the smaller clubs are usually in decent shape.

SLC's club is nice though it has no views outside. It is quite roomy though it can get crowded during peak times. They always have at least one or two local beers being offered at the bar as well.

ATL's clubs can be hit or miss and have really begun to show their age at some of them. Just my opinion but I rank them this way.

1. T7 (just nice overall, quiet, good views, and a putting green)
2. C26 (the newness is great and still undiscovered)
3. A Centerpoint (not open on Sunday but has always been a good club for roominess)
4. A17 (Not a bad club but always overcrowded on weekends)
5. E (not too bad but not much in the way of views)
6. B25 (overcrowded and showing its age)
7. B10 (too small, crowded, and getting pretty rundown, AVOID!)
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 1:08 am

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 11):
I've always wondered whats the difference?

Terraces is a design concept trying to eminate the outdoors. Usually typified by being bright and airy with large parasols, wooden tables and floors, blue and pink mood lighting, tiled walls around bar area, some tartan furniture and often a fountain with birdsong playing throughout the lounge!

Terraces:
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Executive Club
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 2:15 am

I prefer clubs in non-hub cities. Examples:

The UA RCC at SNA is amazing!
The DL CRC in SAN is wonderful.
The AA Admirals Club in SJU is great.
The CO PC in BOS is amazing.

Etc....

As for views of the ramp.... You can get that from the airport restaurant!
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:00 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 12):
The one in SEA isn't very big but it does the job. No idea what it looks like now since I haven't been to Seattle in 6 years but the smaller clubs are usually in decent shape.

It's pretty nice, up on the 2nd level, overlooking the crowded terminal area below. It's in the almost new Concourse A, so probably much better than what you saw 6 years ago. Want a peek of it? Take a look at SkyMagazine - at least in November, the picture they used was from SEA (in the advertisement for the Crown Rooms).
 
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RE: Best Domestic Airline Clubs?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:07 am

The World Clubs at DTW is nice. I like the Vermont cheese and "free" beer. The circular stock ticker is a nice touch. Big ticker in the main World Club, smaller version at the smaller clubs.
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