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Temporary Clubhouse closures - SFO, JNB, IAD and BOS

Old Feb 26, 2023, 1:22 pm
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Temporary Clubhouse closures - SFO, JNB, IAD and BOS

Several Clubhouses are subject to temporary closure for refurbishment, and presumably realignment with VS' new Sky Team partners.

Details can be found on the individual pages on the VS Website here - https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/g...rt-lounge.html

SFO is already closed. IAD BOS JNB are closed from 28th February 2023.

The website says alternative lounges have been made available for UC passengers and Golds.

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Old Feb 26, 2023, 1:54 pm
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Really bad for BOS, the alternatives are either a tiny and terrible AF lounge that's maybe the worst in their network, or a Delta Express SkyClub they built quickly because the AF lounge was so bad
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Old Feb 26, 2023, 5:40 pm
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This seems suspicious, the likelihood of getting general contractors in four different cities to start the renovation project at the same time seems low to me. I wonder if there's something else going on with Plaza Premium.
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Old Feb 26, 2023, 5:55 pm
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I would expect Virgin to use the new Sky Club in BOS Terminal E when it opens this summer, so the Clubhouse may never reopen. I'd be sad to lose the counter-service food and champagne, but it will probably be a nicer space than the basement the Clubhouse and Sky Club Express are in.

I agree that the timing is suspicious, and might indicate Plaza Premium is having a difficult time operating the clubhouses profitably.
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Old Feb 26, 2023, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by VFR
I would expect Virgin to use the new Sky Club in BOS Terminal E when it opens this summer, so the Clubhouse may never reopen. I'd be sad to lose the counter-service food and champagne, but it will probably be a nicer space than the basement the Clubhouse and Sky Club Express are in.

I agree that the timing is suspicious, and might indicate Plaza Premium is having a difficult time operating the clubhouses profitably.
Do you know when thatís supposed to open? I am unhappy with this news about VS lounge, as Iím traveling with them over the summer and was quite looking forward to it.
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Old Feb 26, 2023, 7:04 pm
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Originally Posted by vicarious_MR'er
Do you know when thatís supposed to open? I am unhappy with this news about VS lounge, as Iím traveling with them over the summer and was quite looking forward to it.
I believe itís this summer when the rest of the Terminal E expansion opens.
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Old Feb 26, 2023, 7:30 pm
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I believe itís this summer when the rest of the Terminal E expansion opens.
Gate agent told me it's indeed this summer, it should seat 400
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Old Feb 26, 2023, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by IAD_flyer
This seems suspicious, the likelihood of getting general contractors in four different cities to start the renovation project at the same time seems low to me. I wonder if there's something else going on with Plaza Premium.
I agree. Another red flag is all are temporary closings but without any hint of a reopening date.

Perhaps unrelated, but Capital One is not partnering with PPG for its new IAD Lounge.
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Old Feb 26, 2023, 11:30 pm
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Originally Posted by skydelt
Really bad for BOS, the alternatives are either a tiny and terrible AF lounge that's maybe the worst in their network...
Unfortunately, I can name at least half a dozen AF lounges that would beat the BOS lounge for that title.
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Old Feb 27, 2023, 2:32 am
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The lounge in boston is already pretty bad.
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Old Feb 27, 2023, 11:24 am
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Sounds like this is just a short term closure. I heard that for SFO, the re-opening is in late March, and the interim option is the China Airlines lounge. Don't know any other details.
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Old Feb 27, 2023, 11:36 am
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Confirmed change of operator and reopening dates, courtesy of Raffles blog;-

https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/0...of-management/
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Old Feb 27, 2023, 1:03 pm
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This blog says SFO Clubhouse closed March 1–13, rather than March 1-25 in the Raffles blog.
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Old Feb 27, 2023, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by southlondonphil
Confirmed change of operator and reopening dates, courtesy of Raffles blog;-

https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/0...of-management/
thanks!! Sounds like it will be back open by my trip!
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 7:31 pm
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Just experienced the substitute Delta Sky Club Express.

On balance, itís worse than the bad Air France Lounge.

On the positive side, nice little fruit and cheese packages and less crowded than AF Lounge.

Negatives include plastic glasses, no liquor selection, and all the bad stuff of the AF Lounge.

Hopefullt they reopen the clubhouse soon.
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