Gosh, do I love bmi Gold status. It’s so much better than being an RCC member. Instead of just being able to access RCC’s (which would typically require a $400+/year membership), Star Alliance Gold status with airlines other than United and USAir get you into any Star Alliance lounge when traveling on a Star Alliance carrier the same day. In theory that’s exciting because it means you could access a Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge while traveling on a boring domestic flight, but as of now the cases where that’s possible are limited.
Lately, our options have been getting better and better, though. As I previously reported there’s now a walkway between the domestic and international terminals at SFO, and since there’s a Singapore Airlines Silver Kris lounge, non-UA/US Star Gold members can use that lounge while traveling domestically.
Well, as of a few days we have an even cooler option. Lufthansa just opened their new Senator/Business lounge at Washington Dulles (IAD), which means non-UA/US Star Gold members traveling domestically can access it. While it’s not all that close to the United gates, it can be reached airside. It’s open daily from 1PM to 7PM and is located midfield at Terminal B, so keep that in mind, Star Gold members!
Usually I travel through IAD before noon, but I’ll be sure to plan an afternoon layover there sometime soon so I can check it out. There’s just something I love about using “international” lounges when traveling domestically. Most importantly, the lounge has showers. That’s always a luxury when traveling with United domestically!