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Lounge Report: UA,CO,US, DL, And Amtrak

Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:50 pm

Did a quick trip yesterday to attend the baby naming of a friend. Flew LAX-PHL on a UA red-eye, went to the ceremony, then flew PHL-CLE-LAX on C. All flight in F. There are tons of flight reports on these routes, so here is my lounge report.

LAX/ UA Red Carpet Club:
I am a life-member of the US club, and I pay a nominal supplement to get access to the RCC as well. For access, one needs a same day UA ticket. I almost never fly US and I almost exclusively fly UA. I was welcomed warmily and popped out my computer where to get my last minute internet stuff done. The RCC has wi-fi via T-mobile. One must subscribe to or pay for this service. The bar was closed, but all I wanted was cold water, lots of it, and I had no problems finding it. I took a few wedges of brie, some crackers, and some TWIX bars for the flight. The RCC is large and a bit run down. But it's a welcome haven. (I usually use the CO President's club at LAX, as I like the atmosphere better. But I didn't ahve time to schlep to T6, and my flight was leaving from T8- strange, as mine was a mailine flight, and T8 is pretty much all express.

PHL: US Club Terminal B-C
We got into PHL at 7am. I didn't need to be at the ceremong until 11. So I headed to the US club to wash up. The club was huge and empty. I had some "flavia" (or is it "flava") coffee from the expresso machine, a couple of small muffins, and some water. Again, T-mobile wi-fi. The club is nicely appointed. But not as much food offerings as other US based clubs have.

Philly Amtrak station Acela Club:
I noticed that members of the CO Presidents Club are granted access to the Amtrak club in Philly. As I had time on my hands, I decided to drive there and check it out. The station itself is an architectural diamond. A real relic of a time gone by. I was kindly welcomed into the club, upon showing my CO card and my CO boarding pass. The club serves weak coffee, sodas, and packaged muffins. Free wi-fi. Not as nice as the airline clubs,. but again, a nice haven.

PHL DL Crown Room:
DL is the only Skyteam carrier with a lounge in Philly. It is located outside of security, which is good if you are flying from a different terminal, like I was, but bad if you want to use the club until flight time. DL shares terminal E with Southwest, and unlike the other PHL terminals, it is an Island, not connected on the secure side to A-D. Because of WN, the security line ran a LONG way down the corridor. But the Crown Room was truly a pleasure. Sweet food. Salty food. Cheese. Open Bar (though I didn't want anything other than water!). I forget if the wi-fi was free or not. Didn't matter so much as I subscribe to T-mobile! Sat for 10 minutes, then left to explore the other PHL clubs.

I entered security at Terminal D. I walked past the United RCC. Alas, I didn;t even try to enter. I wasn't flying out on UA, so I would not have been granted entry. (I suppose I could have shown my incoming boarding pass. But I've been to that Club before. Great agents inside. But small and dark. I wanted to explore new horizons!

PHL US Terminal A:
I walked down to the International Terminal to see the newer US club. I showed the agent my card, and she asked to see my ticket. I handed her the CO boarding card. She looked puzzled and said, "You are flying CO, they are in a different terminal." I acknowledged her statement. "But you are a member here, so you get to come in." Now, it wasn't the most professional welcome, but hey! I don't need a trumpet call! Offering were the same here as the offerings in the morning, except that the mufifns were replaced by a non-nut nut mix! I was hoping for something a bit more extensive as it was time for international departures. But those amenities are reserved for the agencent Envoy lounge! This new club is gorgeous (both the regular club and the Envoy).

PHL AA Admirals Club:
Nothing to report, as the Club is outside security, and I was already inside.

CLE CO Presidents Club:
A great haven in this smaller hub. Free wi-fi. Nice cheese and cracker selection. Plenty of newspapers! But most of all, a very tired Zach after 36 hours without sleep!

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RE: Lounge Report: UA,CO,US, DL, And Amtrak

Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:40 am

Good report and thank you for sharing. I agree with your review of the LAX RCC, it's not the best (especially compared to SFO) but it beats the terminal. And yes, for some reason the redeyes to the east coast leave out of T8 on occasion, BOS espeically.

Regarding the PHL Admirals Club, it's the worst in the system in my opinion. The furnature is old and in some cases threadbare, it's relatively small and ill-lighted and the views out the windows are of the SEPTA Station. I was also not pleased with the bathrooms, bartender or food selection.

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RE: Lounge Report: UA,CO,US, DL, And Amtrak

Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:45 am

I'll be using the LAX RCC most likely in August...I'm doing a long winding journey out to the West Coast, with stops in ORD, DEN and LAX, so I'm figuring the $50 for RCC access for the day might not be a bad deal...sounds like the RCC at LAX would be sufficient to kill some time before a red-eye.

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RE: Lounge Report: UA,CO,US, DL, And Amtrak

Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:27 pm

US has ginormous clubs in their hubs... the PHL B-C facility spans most of a concourse connector, and the CLT Concourse C club is similarly cavernous. DCA's facility is also pretty big. They really are rather nicely appointed, too - even the smaller ones like RDU and BWI. It's just too bad there aren't more of them.
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RE: Lounge Report: UA,CO,US, DL, And Amtrak

Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:54 pm

Excellent report!!!

I have been to the US Clubs in - well, all of them . . . I like the club in PHL but really, honestly think the Club between C&D at CLT is the top notch club in US system.

I've used the Admiral's club on occasion - back when US and AA had an intra-club agreement. I thought those were very nice in fact. I also popped into the LAX Admirals club once - when I was flying AS - and found it terrible.

Never been in a DL Club and unless I'm kidnapped, beaten over the head and dragged into one, likely won't either . . .

For domestic clubs, as far as amenities, service, selection . . . CO all the way. I've spent many nights in the CLE CO Club, and all of the in IAH in fact. Believe it or not, my favorite CO Club is the small (Probably fit it in my Condo) cubbyhole CO has in Terminal B at SEA. A warm, well appointed, quiet, friendly club. Everything one needs and most of what one wants all in that small area. Seriously one of the best clubs in the CO system . . .

I guess I didn't know about access to the Amtrak Lounge at 30th Street Station in PHL either . . . . I traveled through PHL and to PHL quite often from DC when I was on the east coast . . . train travel was as quick and much, much less headache than trying to catch US or DL Shuttles. Wish I'd read the fine print back then.

EXCELLENT report!!!!

Thanks much.

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