How To Redeem Korean Air SkyPass Miles
China Southern Los Angeles Airport First Class Check-In
Korean Air Lounge Los Angeles Airport
China Southern A380 First Class Los Angeles to Guangzhou
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China Southern Lounge Guangzhou Airport
China Southern A330 First Class Guangzhou to Tokyo Narita
Korean Air Lounge Tokyo Narita Airport
Korean Air 777 First Class Tokyo Narita to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air First Class Lounge Seoul Incheon
Korean Air A380 First Class Seoul Incheon to Los Angeles
After a pleasant night at the Hilton Narita Airport I took the 7AM shuttle to the airport. I hadn’t looked outside all night, so was quite shocked when I walked outside to find that it was a winter wonderland of sorts.
The bus pulled up to terminal one at around 7:20AM, and I headed straight for the security checkpoint. In Guangzhou the previous day I had been issued my boarding passes all the way to Los Angeles, so there was no need for me to check-in again (or so I thought).
I walked by the Korean Air check-in counter only to find massive queues, so I was happy to be able to skip them.
As it turns out the security checkpoints in this portion of the terminal don’t open till 7:30AM, so I had to wait about five minutes before the checkpoint opened.
On the plus side there was a Sky Priority security queue, which I was permitted to use.
Don’t you just freaking love Japan? I was standing at the security checkpoint at 7:28AM and there wasn’t a single security agent in sight. But go figure at 7:29AM a couple dozen security officers leisurely march up to the checkpoints, and at 7:30AM sharp they opened.
Unfortunately the fact that I had Korean Air boarding passes printed on China Southern cardstock caused a damn near airport evacuation, based on the response from the security agent manning the line. She called over her supervisor, and then her supervisor walked away with my passport and boarding pass to go to the Korean Air transit desk and confirm that I had a legitimate boarding pass. She returned a bit over five minutes later and advised me that I could pass through, but would need to go to the transit desk after clearing security.
The security check itself was quick and friendly, and there were no queues at the immigration checkpoint either.
I (naively) assumed that they would be able to reprint my boarding passes in the lounge, so headed to the Korean Air Lounge, which is located right by gate 26. Once inside the lounge the agent looked at my boarding passes very concerned, and advised me I had to go to the transit desk to get them reprinted. So I did that.
That took about 10 minutes, and was a bit of an ordeal since the agent didn’t seem to have any “red” Korean Air first class cardstock. So she dug through a drawer for about five minutes before finally finding the cardstock and issuing me the boarding pass.
Once back at the lounge my boarding pass was still meticulously inspected, though eventually I was admitted.
The Korean Air lounge is on the small side compared to the other lounges at Narita Airport, though wasn’t full at all when I was there.
It’s a single large room with a good amount of seating, though it wasn’t especially comfortable and did feel very IKEA-esque.
There was a first class section partitioned off from the rest of the lounge. The only benefit of it were the leather chairs, which were a bit more comfortable than most of the other furniture.
Sadly the food spread was pretty lame. It was similar to most other lounges at Narita, except it lacked a noodle and curry bar.
In terms of snacks there were packaged croissants and sandwiches, snack mix, instant noodles, etc. Really not much to speak of.
In terms of beverages, the lounge had a beer, soda, and coffee machine, as well as a fridge with bottled drinks.
The last meal I had was on China Southern from Guangzhou to Tokyo at around noon the previous day, so I was quite hungry at this point!
In terms of the view from the lounge, it faced the tarmac without any runway views, unfortunately.
Anyway, at around 9:30AM I headed to the departure gate for my flight to Seoul Incheon, gate 15.
It was maybe a 10 minute walk away, and as usual I quite enjoyed looking at the variety of traffic parked at gates along the way, including Vietnam Airlines, Alitalia, etc.
At 9:40AM boarding was called, starting with first and business class. I couldn’t help but notice the amount of snow built up on our 777, which I figured would lead to a deicing delay.
So physically the Korean Air Lounge looks nice enough, but it lacks the three things that make Japanese airline lounges awesome — massage chairs, noodle bars, and curry!
For another perspective on the lounge, check out this video review by Modhop: