Originally Posted by Brent8811
Hello members, I'm sincerely hoping someone can help me out with this question.
I will be flying on Delta Airlines from MNL to Nagoya, Japan in the BusinessElite cabin. I have a 9+ hour layover in Nagoya before my connecting BusinessElite flight to Honolulu and would like to visit the Sakura Lounge for my long, long wait (arriving at NGO @ 10:45AM and departing @ 8:20PM).
I am flying on an award ticket (Booking class "O"). Will this be an issue in determining my eligibility to gain access to this club, even though I am a BusinessElite passenger? Has anyone else visited this club when flying on an award ticket? I emailed Delta's SkyTeam and here is their reply:
With you traveling business/elite you have access to Sky Club lounge and also our partner lounges,with no additional fees. We just can not guarantee access with our airline partners.
I found their answer to be rather vague and that's why I'm posting my question here. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance!
I've flown to NGO with an award ticket in Business and all the lounge people look at is the class of travel you're in - the O Booking class is not an issue. Not here, not in any other lounge. If it was, I'd hardly ever visit the lounges.
With your Business class ticket you can go to the Sakura Lounge at 2F Near Gate 18.
It's a bit clearer on this page:
It specifically says you can visit the Sakura Lounge (or the Global lounge at gate 19) as a Delta BusinessElite or as a SkyTeam Premium Cabin passenger. So you have two good valid reasons to use it.
Saying that, I didn't use the Sakura lounge at this airport. Landside, NGO has a unique and very wonderful facility - the airport sento.
It costs about 2,000 yen but for sheer relaxation beats any lounge at that airport (and those of most others). It has a variety of hot baths - including a deliciously tingling electric bath - sauna for those who can go in later in the day once it has warmed up and an outside relaxation area to cool off in where you can see the aircraft land and look over to the plane spotters in nothing but your birthday suit (your modesty shielded by a few wood panels).
It's a quintessentially Japanese experience and somewhere you can easily spend three hours. Outside there are shops and restaurants in a sort of Disneyfied recreation of Japan (a small part shown here pre-opening at 8am)
It's worth wondering around and sampling some of the local specialities (be sure to look for Tenmesu 天むす, this is shrimp tempura wrapped in rice and seaweed and one of Nagoya's most famous snack foods - you'll find it in an onigiri rice ball shop, will cost a couple of hundred yen).
Be good to yourself and don't spend the full 9 hour layover in the Sakura Lounge.