OWE with 7.5 Hour Layover in HEL

Old Feb 24, 20, 6:23 am
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Question OWE with 7.5 Hour Layover in HEL

Hello. Transiting HEL JFK-HEL-NRT. HEL-NRT is JL metal, AY code. I am OWEx2 (BA Gold and AA CK). My layover is 7.5 hours (~10:00-17:30). Do I have access to the Finnair Platinum Wing, even tough my onward flight is JL metal? Is it better than the J lounge? With 7.5 hours, would you suggest I go to the city instead? And if I do go to the city, can I leave my luggage in the lounge before clearing into Finland (UK citizen)?

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Old Feb 24, 20, 6:27 am
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7,5 hrs - definitely head downtown.

No matter how good the PlatWing is (and it's good and better than the J lounge), it's still an airport lounge. The train from under the airport is something takes 25 minutes, costs 4,10€ oneway, runs every 10 minutes. (you might take either direction, the P train (clockwise) is 2 minutes faster than the I train (counter clockwise)
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Old Feb 24, 20, 6:31 am
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As OWE you will have platinum wing access as you are on a oneworld carrier (JL).
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Old Feb 24, 20, 6:40 am
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Thanks! Can I leave my luggage in the Plat Wing before venturing into the city? Or will I not have access on arrival from JFK? I'm in J, by the way. Not sure it matters.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 7:25 am
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I would do as follows:

On arrival from JFK, you will step straight into the gate area. Go to PW lounge. Use the self-service lockers to store your carry-on. Have breakfast.

Then walk to immigration, take the train to Helsinki and enjoy the city.

2-2.5 hours before departure, take the train back to the airport, have a quick bite at the PW and off you go.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 7:29 am
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I would do as follows:

On arrival from JFK, you will step straight into the gate area. Go to PW lounge. Use the self-service lockers to store your carry-on. Have breakfast.

Then walk to immigration, take the train to Helsinki and enjoy the city.

2-2.5 hours before departure, take the train back to the airport, have a quick bite at the PW and off you go.
Seems like a good plan!
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Old Feb 24, 20, 8:27 am
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Maybe even visit the sauna in PlatinumWing.
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Maybe even visit the sauna in PlatinumWing.
Just make sure to wear a towel, but it's nor required when fetching beer from the lounge.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 8:29 am
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Originally Posted by miikka View Post
Maybe even visit the sauna in PlatinumWing.
Is it hot enough?
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Old Feb 24, 20, 8:40 am
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Is it hot enough?
There are reports to both directions (hot, not enough) and varies between people - last time I was there, it was okay for my preference.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by miikka View Post
There are reports to both directions (hot, not enough) and varies between people - last time I was there, it was okay for my preference.
Iíd say itís an OK electric sauna and as far as airport lounges are concerned, the best in the world by a healthy margin😁

For sauna enthusiastics a must when extra time at hand in PW. JFK-HEL is very poor for sleeping for many so after a quick visit to town followed by sauna and PW youíll most likely sleep all the way to Japan and have good start there with minimum jetlag.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by BlooJoo View Post
Hello. Transiting HEL JFK-HEL-NRT. HEL-NRT is JL metal, AY code. I am OWEx2 (BA Gold and AA CK). My layover is 7.5 hours (~10:00-17:30). Do I have access to the Finnair Platinum Wing, even tough my onward flight is JL metal? Is it better than the J lounge? With 7.5 hours, would you suggest I go to the city instead? And if I do go to the city, can I leave my luggage in the lounge before clearing into Finland (UK citizen)?

Thanks!
-BlooJoo
Sup bud. All OWE have access to the Platinum Wing. JL is a OW partner so no problem as long as you're on a OW itin, which you are. The Plat Wing is WAY better than the business lounge, but with that long a layover maybe pop into the city for a bit.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 10:15 am
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Thank you, JetSet!
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Old Feb 24, 20, 11:08 am
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I thought it's always hot in hel.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 11:50 am
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I thought it's always hot in hel.
This winter HEL did not freeze over, that's for sure.
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