What is your best and worst Red Carpet Club? How is the service and the atmosphre of the club? Also what snacks does your Best and Worse RCC serve? Recently out of Honolulu in the morning the RCC had drinks, danish, and a cereal bar. I don't really remember seeing any alcoholic drinks. I am not an RCC member so I only have a chance to visit the RCC when I travel on international flights and I asked the RCC agent if they serve the same thing everyday and for the entire day and I was told yes. Honolulu RCC is nice though and plenty of room to relax.
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The only domestic US location with complimentary alcohol is MIA (though I haven't flown through there in awhile - still true?).
I've always liked DCA, but that's mostly because it's my home airport so the RCC has been a bit of a home away from home. I like PDX. Contrary to what I think is prevailing wisdom, I don't like SEA --- it's underground so no views and I don't get very good cellular reception there. Not a fan of the ORD or DEN or IAD clubs. Rather like the look and feel of LAX.
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FRA is pretty dreadful. Small, with very little to offer. After seeing what was in the LH Senator Club, the bland offering of white bread rolls with only cream cheese or honey to choose from for spread was just pathetic. Not a whole-grain item in sight, nor jam, yoghurt or anything else one ought to be able to consider pretty standard for the time of day. (There was alcohol available, but I wasn't about to imbibe at 6:30 in the morning.)
Later in the day I recall it gets so crowded that it's much less uncomfortable to be outside in the gate areas.
The best domestic RCC in my opinion is SFO. It is open and the staff is always helpful. LAX is a close second. SYD has a nice spread of food and drinks. I agree that SEA is not so good. It is cramped and there are not enough monitors. i do enjoy when I fly to Canada and am able to go to AC's Maple Leaf Lounge. The MLL is Terminal 2 @ YYZ is amazing. Heaps of space, beer on tap and pour your own drinks and food, all at no charge.
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My vote for best domestic also goes to SFO, at least for the layout and decor, if not always the attitude of the CSRs. Worst layout I've come across is the SEA bunker (alas, the one I get to see most often) and I seem to remember IAD was also another windowless box. The lounges at ORD are also shameful given they're at HQ.
The best international RCC I've used is by far and away NRT, and LHR was also pretty good as I remember.
[This message has been edited by GoldenKiwi (edited Jan 22, 2004).]
"Worst lounge ever: LHR". It's the only airport where I avoid the UA lounge and use other * lounges. It has the charm of a bad holiday inn lobby, with the front lobby staff to match. The F lounge within the LHR RCC is good, but the standard RCC is not the best.
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by NickP 1K: "Worst lounge ever: LHR"....
It has the charm of a bad holiday inn lobby, with the front lobby staff to match. </font>
And it is next to several well maintained, nicely staffed *A lounges