Constructive Criticism of La Premiere

Old Apr 16, 2020, 2:01 pm
  #1006  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Accor 25+ Badge
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Paris, France
Programs: AF/KL Flying Blue Platinum for life/Club2000 Ultimate, Accor ALL Diamond
Posts: 21,662
Originally Posted by Romanianflyer
A question for the experienced F flyers out here:

Is there any outstation which is known for having some solid additional perks for La Premiere passengers? Like for example access to any particular/special first class lounge as opposed to just a special corner set aside in a sub-par business lounge? (for example when flying out of such airports as HND/HKG/SIN etc). What would be the ideal route to optimise the F experience in your experience/knowledge?

Together with a friend who is a FB plat as well I'm considering using money saved during the corona lockdown (from 2-3 planned trips which got cancelled/shelved + some additional cash) to splash on a once-in-a-lifetime epic flying adventure once this is over, which of course must include La Premiere as well

It's all theoretical for now (especially given that nobody has an idea how the corona situation will evolve in each and every country) but given that we're flexible on the route it might be handy to keep a regular eye out on some fares between city pairs/play a bit with mixed booking class r/t fares on the ITA Matrix.
Very good anti-depressant therapy against Covid-19 . I like that
HND : no personal experience
HKG : the ground escort is perfect as everywhere. For lounge you have the choice between the Skyteam lounge and the QF lounge. I always heard good things about the QF lounge so tried it last time I flew P out of HKG and, sincerely, I was a bit disappointed. Of course, nothing plainly wrong and this is all 1st world problem. But you don't have a special area, you are with all QF J/P pax. The ST lounge is underground and doesn't have any external view. Overall, HKG is certainly not a bad station
SIN : experiences are several years old. Apart the QF lounge, you can use the CIP lounge & terminal (it's a separate terminal) where an AF P agent will take care of you and they have special snacks for P pax. They have also a private immigration counter and you are driven to the gate by buggy.

There is also a very decent station when flying P : JNB. There is a reserved area in the very good Slow lounge with a majordome service. of course, escort to lounge and to plane. A great station, really.

Of course, nothing beats the CDG P lounge
DCAhome likes this.
Goldorak is offline  
Old Apr 16, 2020, 7:41 pm
  #1007  
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: SJC / SFO
Programs: Flying Blue Platinum; Marriott Bonvoy Platinum; Hilton Gold
Posts: 757
Been flying through CDG, in and out to SFO and out of DXB.

CDG is the best so far, obviously. If you're CDG based I suggest on arrival just fly to another city to enjoy it even more

SFO: P escort on deparature to the plane / arrival. Deparature expedites security (I have TSA Pre so there's rarely any line anyway), arrival doesn't expedite immigration but at least you pick up your luggage from oversized luggage area. On deparature you'll go to the Virgin Atlantic lounge (which is now airside). Virgin Atlantic lounge is definitely better than the AF / KLM has and at the time there's a lot less people. Suggest not to eat very much.
DXB: Escort on deparature (expedites security and immigration) and you go to another lounge (only departed using P so don't know how good that lounge is against J).
Sjondorn is offline  
Old Apr 16, 2020, 9:12 pm
  #1008  
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Programs: Flying Blue, Accor Le Club, Hilton HHonors, Hertz Gold Plus, Avis Preferred
Posts: 476
Originally Posted by San Gottardo
Singapore: you have the choice between being escorted to the Qantas First Class lounge and being escorted from there to the plane. The ground staff board you first. The other choice is to use a VIP lounge (forgot the name, never used it), but you need to be driven there and it's not really meaningful unless you arrive approx. 3 hours before departure. P passengers are boarded first
I've never been to the Qantas First Class lounge, but I would avoid the lounge at the CIP terminal. It's very far from the P experience you get at CDG food wise (though they had nice Bollinger Champagne).
lynxy likes this.
SkyteamEP is offline  
Old Apr 17, 2020, 1:34 am
  #1009  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: MAN
Programs: FB Platinum
Posts: 500
Originally Posted by SkyteamEP
I've never been to the Qantas First Class lounge, but I would avoid the lounge at the CIP terminal. It's very far from the P experience you get at CDG food wise (though they had nice Bollinger Champagne).
Yes, CIP is not great. The snacks are mediocre and the buffet is awful.

The Qantas lounge is not dedicated first class. There used to be a reserved area for first class pax but last time I was there it was just a free for all. You still get the buggy service to the gate.

HND: On arrival you're met at the gate and luggage is collected for you then you'll be expedited through customs, etc. If you're connecting internally you'll be taken to the transfer station and re-met at the other end to aid check-in.

For departure you are taken to the JAL Sakura first class lounge. It's quite nice with decent facilities. The food is biz+. You will be escorted on foot to the gate, it's a long trek, and seen directly onto the plane. Pleasant and efficient but that's it.

Last edited by rosensfole; Apr 17, 2020 at 1:47 am
rosensfole is offline  
Old Apr 18, 2020, 2:43 pm
  #1010  
gkl
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: ZRH / SIN
Programs: FB Ulti, QR-Gold (OWS), TK *Gold, Bonvoy Ambassadort Elite, GHA Titanium, Accor Platinum
Posts: 528
SIN: I liked the new QF First Lounge very much (open since approx. Nov 19), you get introduced at the entrance, they have a nice a la carte dining area, attentive service. Yes, it is not First Class only, it is open to OW Emerald as well, but i had the impression they knew is F-class guest (BA/QF F as well of course) and who is "just" Emerald.
gkl is offline  
Old Jun 7, 2020, 9:57 am
  #1011  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Denver DEN-APA
Programs: AF Platinum, EK Gold, LH Senator *Gold, AA EXP OWE Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 21,540
In the current climate, has AF changed (cut) La Premire service either in the air or on the ground? Is the CDG LP lounge open with all related services?
SFO777 is offline  
Old Jun 7, 2020, 12:02 pm
  #1012  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Accor 25+ Badge
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Paris, France
Programs: AF/KL Flying Blue Platinum for life/Club2000 Ultimate, Accor ALL Diamond
Posts: 21,662
Originally Posted by SFO777
In the current climate, has AF changed (cut) La Premire service either in the air or on the ground? Is the CDG LP lounge open with all related services?
We have opened a new thread for the future of P product:
AF La Premire Outlook
All CDG lounges, including the P one, are currently closed. I think we'll have news soon about reopening dates.
For service in the air, we didn't have any report, but I can't believe there could be any cut.
Goldorak is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

This site is owned, operated, and maintained by MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks are the property of their respective owners.