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Lounge Guide: ICN / Seoul - Incheon Int'l. Airport KAL Lounge for AA

Lounge Guide: ICN / Seoul - Incheon Int'l. Airport KAL Lounge for AA

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ICN / Seoul International Airport Korean Air Lounge

For Departing American Air Premium Passengers and Admirals Club Members

Link to ICN information on aa.com.

Link to ICN web site

Link to oneworld website Lounge Access and Lounge Finder tool.

Korean Air Lounge - Departures, Concourse A

LOCATION: Departures a Concourse A, 4th floor near Gate 115.

HOURS: Nominally 06:30 - 23:55, but please see here on oneworld's lounge access tool for hours and further information.

NOTE: Must present a boarding pass for same day departing travel on an AA operated flight and one of the following:
  • First Class ticket or Business Class ticket on same flight
  • oneworld Emerald or oneworld Sapphire card
  • Admirals Club or US Airways Club membership
Also used for Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines (and many other airlines') departures. Airport Angel, Priority Pass access.

AMENITIES:
  • Beverages, and Food (by Grand Hyatt Hotel Incheon)
  • Showers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Smoking room
  • TV
See review of this lounge with lots of photos from theboardingarea.com here.
There is oneworld lounge at Seoul Incheon International Airport; it operates with limited hours:

Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge

LOCATION: Concourse A, departures area, Level 4 (Upper Boarding Gate 118, Level 3)

HOURS: Daily: 06:30-10:20, 11:20-15:10, 16:50-19:50
The Asiana Lounge is currently restricted to departing passengers on British Airways, Qatar Airways.


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Old Apr 5, 09, 7:03 pm
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ICN / Seoul Incheon International Airport Korean Air KAL Lounge Departures Concourse A Level 4 by Gate 115

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Old May 14, 15, 2:30 am
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ICN / Seoul-Incheon Lounge Change (Not Good)

Apparently since the beginning of May there is no access to the Asiana lounge for any AA passenger only the KE lounge.

I'm going to be sending in a note to AA about this decision. The KE lounge is a disaster. 3 count them three bottles of liquor, food that looks inedible, seating that is at best uncomfortable, etc.

The cost savings AA got on this change is not worth it.

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Old May 14, 15, 2:39 am
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I was there a few weeks back, was hoping to use the CX lounge,but they dont open in time for the AA flights.. (dont open till 5 in the afternoon, but are open in the morning)
the Asiana lounge was nice, I would definity let AA know about the disaster that is the KE lounge
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Didn't they use the KE lounges when the route first started? I think with the code share with KE for the DFW-ICN route, this makes more sense that they use KE lounges. As for lounge food, drinks, etc, that is a different story.
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Old May 14, 15, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by Time traveller View Post
Didn't they use the KE lounges when the route first started? I think with the code share with KE for the DFW-ICN route, this makes more sense that they use KE lounges. As for lounge food, drinks, etc, that is a different story.
Yes, and I flew that route within a couple of week of it starting. IIRC, that lounge sucks on ice. It's this trajectory for AA that keeps me away from them.
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I'm going to say the switch has more to do with the codeshare with KE than cost savings.

I think the real question is why KE has a terrible lounge at their hub.

It looks like the only oneworld operated lounge is the CX lounge, which seems to be open almost all day. http://www.oneworld.com/ffp/lounge-a...ungeaccess/ICN

Is this the lounge in question? http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.c...n-airport-icn/

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Old May 14, 15, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by sinanju View Post
Yes, and I flew that route within a couple of week of it starting. IIRC, that lounge sucks on ice. It's this trajectory for AA that keeps me away from them.
Are you talking about the KE lounge at the satellite terminal that is so bad? I think the KE business lounge at the central terminal was decent, although crowded at times. Definitely better than ACs.
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FWIW, I think both lounges are accessible via Priority Pass.
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Originally Posted by Time traveller View Post
Are you talking about the KE lounge at the satellite terminal that is so bad? I think the KE business lounge at the central terminal was decent, although crowded at times. Definitely better than ACs.
I agree. The main lounge, which is more traditional in style, is better than the white plastic and KE turquoise blue satellite lounge. There's also a separate FC lounge in the main terminal which is not located right next to their business class lounge; follow the signs. [IIRC if you walk away from the main part of the terminal after leaving the business class lounge, it would be on the left side of the corridor and upstairs. It's sort of hidden but well signposted.]
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Of course from the better, main terminal lounge, you still have to go downstairs and take the train to the concourse gates.
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Old May 14, 15, 5:26 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
I agree. The main lounge, which is more traditional in style, is better than the white plastic and KE turquoise blue satellite lounge. There's also a separate FC lounge in the main terminal which is not located right next to their business class lounge; follow the signs. [IIRC if you walk away from the main part of the terminal after leaving the business class lounge, it would be on the left side of the corridor and upstairs. It's sort of hidden but well signposted.]
The showers in the main terminal lounge are disgusting. The shower stalls have mold everywhere in them. At least the ones in the satellite are nice. Can't say the same thing about the decor, however.
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This is not good at all!

I hate the KE lounge in the main terminal. I don't even like the look of it, what with the puffy furniture and white & blue decor.

Will F pax be able to use the KE F lounge in the main terminal? I have a R/T in F coming up and will be extremely disappointed if I get shuffled off the KE business lounge.
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Originally Posted by 1kBill View Post
Will F pax be able to use the KE F lounge in the main terminal? I have a R/T in F coming up and will be extremely disappointed if I get shuffled off the KE business lounge.
When you check in at the ticketing counter, they should give you a lounge invitation and on that invite, your AA flight in F class will be noted. You will need the invite as this will be a contract lounge and OW rules won't apply. Normally since most long-haul flights including AAs depart from the satellite terminal, you should be able to access the KE F lounge there. Whether you will be granted access to the KE F lounge at the main terminal will be at the discretion of the lounge attendant. Once again rules for contract lounges are different from OW rules.

When I flew in AA F shortly after the route started, I took my invite to the KE F lounge in the main terminal not knowing they had a F lounge at the satellite. The lounge attendant directed me to the satellite terminal saying that is where my flight will depart from. I asked nicely if I can just stay here since I didn't want to bother go looking for another lounge at the satellite. She said OK, but said once she takes the invite, I can't re-use it at the satellite F lounge. In other words, no lounge hopping allowed. IIRC, the KE F lounge in the main terminal was quiet, but nothing spectacular. Nothing like JL F lounge at NRT or CX Wing F lounge at HKG. There were minimal food options. The only upside was that you could relax in a quiet lounge, unlike how crowded the JL F lounge at NRT can get at peak times.
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Originally Posted by Time traveller View Post
When I flew in AA F shortly after the route started, I took my invite to the KE F lounge in the main terminal not knowing they had a F lounge at the satellite. The lounge attendant directed me to the satellite terminal saying that is where my flight will depart from. I asked nicely if I can just stay here since I didn't want to bother go looking for another lounge at the satellite. She said OK, but said once she takes the invite, I can't re-use it at the satellite F lounge. In other words, no lounge hopping allowed. IIRC, the KE F lounge in the main terminal was quiet, but nothing spectacular. Nothing like JL F lounge at NRT or CX Wing F lounge at HKG. There were minimal food options. The only upside was that you could relax in a quiet lounge, unlike how crowded the JL F lounge at NRT can get at peak times.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall seeing a KE F Lounge at the satellite concourse, only the main terminal. That is the issue.
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