Lounge Lowdown: Priority Pass Revamp, World's Best Lounges, and More

Air New Zealand is already well-known in airport lounge circles for managing the day-to-day operations of the Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles. Now, the national airline of New Zealand has revived its flagship lounge in Auckland by changing the design and opening up in a new location inside the airport. In this Lounge Lowdown post, we'll cover more developments in the lounge industry, including the new Priority Pass brand refreshment and important news for Alaska Airlines Board Room members.

Second Board Room Coming To Seattle

Alaska Airlines has announced that Alaska's Board Room members and first-class ticket holders will have access to a new Board Room lounge in Seattle airport's North Satellite terminal starting from the 7th of November. Also, Board Room members can enjoy the United lounges in Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Phoenix from the 1st of December. Meanwhile, many Alaska's Mileage Plan program members are startled by the fact that they will lose access to Delta's Sky Club lounges. The disappointing change is effective from January 1, 2016.

The Alaska Board Room at ANC. Originally uploaded by Mithun.

Priority Pass Rejuvenates Brand

Priority Pass has undergone a brand refreshment, resulting in significant changes to the independent airport lounge service provider's membership experience. These changes include an updated website, brand new digital membership cards, smartphone apps, and exclusive member offers. As part of the brand rejuvenation, Priority Pass members can now visit 'Aspire, the Lounge and Spa' at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

Aspire, The Lounge and Spa

Air New Zealand Unveils Flagship Lounge

Air New Zealand is now operating a new flagship lounge at Auckland International Airport. This new lounge is larger than the previous space, covering 2,000 square metres with a seating capacity of 400 people. The new Koru lounge features, among other highlights, an outdoor terrace, a media room, large windows with views to the runway, a two story kids' playroom, and a cocktail bar. For those in need of a revitalization, there are seven showers available in total. And when it comes to food, the new lounge has both a food theatre with the lounge's resident chef and a buffet, which occasionally surprises with fresh oysters.

Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles operated by Air New Zealand.

Club Mobay Expands In Montego Bay

Club Mobay, a lounge at Jamaica's Sangster International Airport, has been expanded with the addition of a concourse-level annex opposite gate 12. This adults-only zone features comfortable seating, snacks and a Red Stripe-branded bar. All the guests are able to enjoy a view to the runway from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge. Access to Club Mobay is open to Priority Pass members in addition to first class passengers on select airlines.

The Concorde Bar Arrives In Singapore

British Airways has opened its first Concorde Bar outside the UK and US at Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 1. This upgrade is a part of the airline's $11 million investment program to enhance the experience for passengers traveling through Singapore. BA's Concorde Bar is open only to First Class customers and can be accessed by receiving a pass code from the reception.

"British Airways Heathrow Concorde First Lounge" by Gary Bembridge

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