HNL Sakura Lounge and First Class section

Old Jul 12, 10, 5:41 am
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HNL Sakura Lounge and First Class section

Recently made a connection from the mainland to HNL en route to NGO on JO, and went to the Sakura Lounge on the 3rd floor, above the food court. Got my boarding pass in Y for the connecting flight, and sat down in the main area.

On my way back out to the restroom, I noticed the double doors leading to the First Class section. I asked in passing at the front desk if OW Emeralds can go to this section, and got a reply that only First Class pax on flight 73 to NRT can go there. Didn't make an issue of it, since the main area sufficed for my short layover.

Have any of you OW Emeralds on a Y ticket been able to access this section? For a future visit with maybe a longer layover, would showing AA EXP card have made a difference? Is there real food in the F section, or just snacks/drinks as in the main section?
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Old Jul 12, 10, 6:31 am
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JAL routinely violates oneworld lounge access rules when it comes to F lounge access for Emeralds. In ORD too they deny Emeralds access to the F lounge. They wouldn't let me in even though their printed benefits guide for JGP members specifically listed ORD as an airport where JGP members/Emeralds get F lounge access.
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