MR to AMS, RCC drink chits, and shower ??

 
Old Jan 18, 04, 6:08 pm
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MR to AMS, RCC drink chits, and shower ??

I am doing a quick MR to AMS this coming weekend and have a few quick questions.

Here are the segments - SFO-ORD, ORD-AMS, AMS-IAD, IAD-SFO (all upgraded to C+). 3.5 hours in AMS between connecting flights.

1. Should I get drink chits at SFO or ORD as it is my 'gateway'?
2. Is there a *A lounge where I can shower in AMS?
3. In AMS, do I need to clear immigration, or is there a transfer desk (like LHR)?
4. Is it possible to expect/request drink chits at IAD on the return?

Thanks for the help.

Chad
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Old Jan 19, 04, 1:49 pm
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Chad:
You may want to do a search for the topic of *lounges at AMS. In short it's a mess. There's a Singapore Silver Kris lounge there but it's never open on the days (Sunday) that I've flown out of AMS. SQ doesn't serve AMS on Sunday mornings so is locked up tight as a drum. I think you're out of luck as I was never able to find an alternative.

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Old Jan 19, 04, 3:56 pm
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I came back yesterday from doing what you will be doing. I left 1.17 ord-iad-ams and stayed in the airport for 3.5 hours and returned ams-iad-ord.

There is no transfer desk, but its easy and fast to go through immigration and security.

Drink Chits: If you are *gold or flying in a premium cabin you should get chits on all outbound segments. In ORD all of the RCC staff gave me chits. Some only gave me one, but most two. As there are 3 RCC I was able to get about 6 chits. Then at IAD I was able to get another 6. I used one and let a guy have one when he found out he had to pay for alcohol. This left me with 10 from the trip. Some chits were the old ones and some were the new blue glossy ones. None of them have dates or club location. On the way back I was with a companion and since he didnt get any chits outbound he tried on the return in IAD and they were more than reluctant and said she would only because he didnt get any on the outbound.

Clubs: If you are *gold or flying in a premium cabin after you arrive at AMS go out of security and check in for your return flight at the business class check in. They should give you an invitation to the Globe something or other lounge. The SQ lounge is not operational as there are no flights on sunday. The Globe lounge is shared by UA and seven or eight other airlines. Its small but has finger food and booze for free. You cant go in and out so if you are going to do shopping, do that first.

Showers: There are pay showers available not associated with the lounge. I dont know how much they are, but there are signs.

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Old Jan 19, 04, 4:06 pm
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Thanks so much for both responses.

If it clears anything up - I am a 1k traveling in C on an upgraded coach ticket.

Just going to drink my way across the states and then the atlantic I guess. They say alcohol thins the blood (no clots for me)!
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Old Jan 19, 04, 6:59 pm
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Naive newbie question from a Premier Exec who is too cheap to fly first class or buy into Red Carpet: Are there other ways to get these chits that seem to float so freely around UAL?

I'm a near-teetotaler myself, but would be glad to treat some forelorn soul with a 6-hour layover, and offer the rest on FT!
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