One of my favorite things about the oneworld alliance is their lounge access policy, which no doubt is a bit of a double edged sword.
As a oneworld Emerald member (top tier elite) you get international first class lounge access, regardless of which cabin you’re flying in. The one exception worth noting is that American AAdvantage Executive Platinum members only receive that lounge access benefit when traveling internationally. The reason it’s a double edged sword is because it does make the lounges more crowded than if it exclusively had first class passengers.
I’d say probably the two best oneworld first class lounges are the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney and Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge Hong Kong.
Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney Airport
Hong Kong already has a great selection of oneworld lounges. I’d say the business class lounges are especially exceptional, in particular the Qantas Lounge Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific’s The Bridge Business Class Lounge Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific The Bridge seating Hong Kong Airport
That being said, as of now the only first class lounge is The Wing. That’s a small problem because:
- It’s at the far end of the terminal, so not that convenient to access when transiting the airport
- The lounge tends to get quite crowded during peak hours
- Many don’t like the decor of the lounge — admittedly it’s not that special of a lounge, though it does have great shower rooms, a nice champagne bar, and decent food
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Hong Kong Airport
Which brings me to the point of this post — Cathay Pacific will be opening The Pier, which is their newest first class lounge, on June 20, 2015. The Pier was open a long time ago but seems to have been under endless renovation.
While The Wing is open air and bright, The Pier is much darker, with more wood finishes. Below is a rendition of one of the lounge features, which was unveiled when Cathay Pacific announced their brand refresh last year. Most exciting is that the lounge will apparently have some day beds, which is a great feature for long transits.
I can’t wait to visit this lounge!
Anyone have plans to check out The Pier shortly after it opens? And to fellow old school travelers who remember both of the old first class lounges, were you on #TeamPier or #TeamWing?