If you're flying on United (UA) out of LAX and have a domestic first class ticket, you can now use their first class lounge for a $150 fee. The exclusive lounge, located near Gate 75, was previously reserved just for international- and JFK-bound first class passengers. But now they're throwing the doors open to anyone with a first class boarding card. Even celebrities who frequently use it will now have to pay the fee unless flying first internationally or are heading to JFK. Keep in mind that passengers can still buy a $50 day pass for the Red Carpet Club, located near Gate 70A. The big difference is that the first class lounge is a quiet haven with free booze, food and attentive and friendly agents. Is it worth the fee?
- Name: Johnny Jet
- Location: Los Angeles
I used to be afraid to fly (long story). Moved to California from Connecticut at 21-- that's when I conquered my fear. In college I started dating a bona fide princess from Hong Kong. She was accustomed to flying Biz Class. I had ONLY flown coach -- and I had never been overseas. When she invited me home, I couldn't let the opportunity slip by. I (okay, my dad) bought the seat next to her from a consolidator. I picked the right time to have my first out-of-coach experience. WOW! What a difference-- A nice phat seat, some hot towels, a little sorbet to clean the palate, non-stop food, beverages and movies. When I returned to the U.S. I felt like a new man. I started working as a college recruiter. While traveling my 26-state territory on a tight budget, I learned traveling in style on a budget was possible. I started a weekly newsletter and JohnnyJet.com to share my tips. Three months later USAToday made JohnnyJet.com website of the week and now it's my full time job.
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