|Well done, BA, well done.|
Yes, This Is Real Life: Preview
Yes, This Is Real Life Part 1: Location, Location, Location
I did, very eventually, make it to Boston. I hardly ever fly into Logan anymore, and so it was a sentimental experience to taxi into the B gates. In many ways, I learned to mileage run because of the Boston airport. Well, not the airport itself, but because for over two years Mrs. CruisingAltitude and I kept up a Los Angeles-Boston relationship. Hauling back and forth to see her got me my first EXP status, and I've never wanted to give it up.
|Elevator up to the lounge level, follow the signs.|
Airports like HKG, NRT, and SYD have lounge set ups for top tier flyers that are worth hours of layover time. The free drinks and food, as well as comfort and services, are a bit part of the benefits of Oneworld status. So, it was annoying and short sighted when we were denied access at the door. According to rules I'm pretty sure BA just made up, they deny access to Qatar customers, trying instead to send them to an inferior Air France lounge. This is a clear violation of Oneworld rules, which state that OW Emerald has access to first class and business class lounges when traveling on ANY international itinerary, as long as the next onward flight is on a Oneworld marketed and operated flight. There are a few very small carve outs to this, but the BA lounge in BOS sure isn't one of them.
A quick look around showed there was plenty of food, with both buffet and small made to order options. The offering had a bit of a pan-Asian bent to it, which I enjoyed, though didn't entirely understand. There were made to order lettuce wraps, and steamed buns, as well as a salad bar/hot bar, and plenty of sweets.
A small business center and showers were also available, and I had hoped to clean up before the long flight, but judging by the crowds and the delay that only left us with about an hour of lounge time, told me I'd just have to hold out until Doha.
We squeezed through the main part of the lounge, and found two seats at the bar. The views of the sunset from here over the airport and the city were some of the most stunning of any airport lounge in the world. Paired with a glass of champagne, it was a perfect kick-off to the rest of the trip, and I'm still scheming on ways to get back there with the right ticketing for another visit.
|Dear God, let me get back there again|