Travelling, airport lounges and Booking.com

I thought I would write about my travelling as I am always doing write ups on races and we do travel a lot so this should help anyone else who travels a lot.

Booking.com Booking.yeah

Firstly I have used booking.com 48 times, so my profile tells me. This booking site is the best hotel booking site I have used and it is the only one I use. If, which has only been once, I have a problem they do their best to resolve it. So if you want to get a discount off your first booking click on the link below and follow the steps. We will both benefit so give it a go.

https://www.booking.com/s/b0c43e15

We stayed in 4 different booking.com hotels last week and we had great stays in all of them, I am not sure who or how they check their hotels but they are doing a great job.

Airport Lounges

This is by no means an insight to cheap travel, but more a way to find value for money and convenience whilst passing through many airports. Pete (my partner) bought a Priority Pass, which for a small fee (£159.00 per year) allows him access to airport lounges all over the world and I can be his "plus one" for £15 a visit. We will be passing through and spending a lot of time in airports this summer, so working it out, it will be way more cost effective, convenient and most important enjoyable way to travel. Whilst trying to waste the time you have spend in an airport you can easily spend far too much on refreshments, unless of course you always fly first class then you automatically gain access to a host of lounges. Here is an insight to a few of the lounges we have now visited.

Johannesburg Bidvest International Lounge;

As soon as you enter the lounge you feel the relief from all the “hustle & bustle” of the airport. This year it was our second visit to this lounge and again it did not disappoint. You are allowed in 4 hours before your departure and gives you plenty of time to relax, have dinner and enjoy some South African wines. The food has been great on both visits and the staff and very friendly and helpful. They have showers which is a bonus as usually it is our second flight by the time we get to Jo’burg. The gets busy during peak times but it is a very big and spacious area so you never feel cramped.

Gatwick No 1 Lounge South Terminal;

This has a buffet style continental breakfast with an option to order from a menu for food to be prepared, the tea/coffee is self service and they have a tendered bar. It overlooks the runway so there is a good viewing for plane spotting, if that is something that interests you. They have separate rooms with desks and plug points for working (writing blogs), charging phones etc. Pretty much all you need and expect in a long. This lounge is very busy so be prepared.

Las Palmas - Gran Canaria - Sala VIP

So I am only a beginner at this lounge thing, but this was by far the quietest lounge I have been in to date. I think when we arrived there was only about 6 of us. The view is awesome, you overlook the runway which is right on the coast so basically you have a sea view. It has an outside terrace so its great to get some fresh air before being cooped up in an airconditioned plane once again. Comfy lounge chairs viewing the sea and very spacious. The food is quite continental with just a few salads and then lots of pastries, cakes and donuts. Here we could not resist the donuts. Our flight from Gran Canaria to Valencia landed up being delayed by over an hour, so having the comfort of the lounge made a huge difference as we were more relaxed during the whole - 3 gate change procedure!

Alicante - Sala VIP

The Alicante lounge is right at the other end of the airport and overlooks the runway, and a few gates.....of which one was our gate = result. This lounge has snacks and a lot of sweet things, so if you have a sweet tooth you'll love this one. Coffee always seems to be good in the Spanish Lounges considering it is a help yourself machine.It was pretty quiet and not much else to say about it.

Tenerife South - Sala VIP

I find the airport lounges in the Canaries, so far, all have outdoor terraces. It is great especially when travelling as you can get fresh air rather than be stuck in the aircon all the time. With the Canaries having great temperatures all year round the terraces can be used all the time. This lounge had a great selection of sandwiches, salads and a few tapas dishes. Their red wine (Pete's favourite) was chilled and it was better than any bottle you can buy in an airport these days.

On our way back to Tenerife the Gatwick South No 1 Lounge was full as we didn't even think to book, but after some google searches and a bit of digging I found out that with the Priority Pass we could have a meal at the Grain Store not far from the lounge and we will get two by £15 vouchers with the Priority Pass. Their food is excellent and coffee is great.

Well that is a little insight of a few lounges, I think we have already got our money's worth from the initial small "investment", and the best is feeling so relaxed before flying. Our next flight is only in July where I think we will try the lounge in Porto.

So if you travel a lot its worth looking into it.....

Happy Travelling.



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