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Life at lounge, part 1

Flying itself gives a wonderful feeling. The perceived freedom being in the air like a bird is something we human beings have always been aspiring for. However, even if flying itself is something particular, airports are nightmares.

Regardless of the architecture, each airport has at least one function in common for their existence. Similar to every shopping center the goal for each airport is that each visitor and passenger will spend as much money as possible during his stay or as they pass through it. That is the reason we pay some ridiculous 8€ for a cup of coffee and buy tax-free clothes at the same price as fully taxed.

If you need to fly as yours truly, it still does not make the transit something enjoyable but it becomes merely something you just have to accept.

 

You still try to minimize your time spent or wasted on terminals.

Furthermore, unfortunately, the more you travel by plane, the more you spent time in airports, too. Even if in some countries in the world an airport is probably one of the safest neighborhoods, you still try to minimize your time spent or wasted on terminals. It all breaks down to waiting.

People go to the airport to wait in check-in, to queue in the security line, queue in boarding, and many other things which are just a waste of time. In order not to make us tired and angry, the airports do the same as casinos.

Thus the passengers are kept agitated and the airport provides all kinds of activities in order to spend more money.

There are two things that happen when one starts spending hours passing terminals and flying.

The first thing is that everything that you first considered special becomes totally uninteresting.

You don’t pay any attention to the jargon or comments as ”flight is ready for boarding” and ”cabin crew, take you door positions” anymore and traveling goes in an autopilot.

The second thing is that the airline companies begin to treat you as a loyal customer. Usually, these appear parallel. Thence throughout the exceeded travel miles, the airline companies try to decrease your discomfort of traveling.

By the time you have earned your gold or platinum cards with the main airline alliances, you have already learned how to minimize your time at the airports. One interesting feature is priority check-in, priority boarding, lounges and, courtesy upgrades.

I was sitting only once in economy class, and that only because the business class was full.

On my excessive frequent traveler years, I was holding platinum or equivalent on two main alliances. Those days I always purchased the cheapest flight ticket but during one year I was sitting only once in economy class, and that only because the business class was full.

Moreover, the airline was kind enough to block seats next to me and ensuring I got a seat on the exit row with extra legroom.

Of course, the rules have changed many times over, but some benefits, like priority check-in, priority security control, priority boarding and, lounge access have remained the same. If you are planning to travel more, you should first check which airline alliances are serving the destinations you will be flying to.

Check the airline alliances

If there is something to take away from this article, is that if you are planning to travel more, you should first check which airline alliances are serving the destinations you will be flying to.

Secondly, it would be good to check which one of the loyalty programmes have the best schemes and which one will have you the fastest access to the top tier benefits.

Usually, if you fly a lot you should thrive for the absolute benefits. If you fly less, you should pay attention if you gain your tier level by miles only, or if your flight segments are taken into consideration, too.

 

Travel, make it as comfortable as you can get and minimize your spent time and wasted money at the airports!

By Alexander von Reuterhorn,
Businessman

Trevento.com

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