Free Cathay Pacific Lounge Access at SFO via Klout.. If You Are Cool Enough

by on May 10, 2012 · 17 comments

in Cathay Pacific, Social Media

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Cathay's new First and Business Lounge at SFO.

For those of you social-media-savvy flyers jetting in and out of San Francisco this summer, Klout and Cathay Pacific have partnered to offer a pretty cool perk. People who have downloaded Klout’s new iPhone app (they introduced it last month) and have a score of 40 or higher can show their Klout score at the reception of Cathay’s SFO First and Business Class Lounge for free entry from now through July. I actually find this one of the more useful benefits of Klout – so far, as an “influencer” I’ve been offered some weird perks like free underwear and energy drinks – no thanks. This is at least a little bit more up my alley, though I probably won’t be able to take advantage of it due to my lack of travel plans through SFO.

While the lounge is normally only open to passengers flying business or first on Cathay Pacific or Oneworld partners, this opportunity is open to passengers on any airline who are transiting through the A boarding area of SFO’s International Terminal (the lounge is on level 4).

You can read about the full list of amenities the lounge offers in this release from when it opened back in December. Some of the highlights include white Carrara marble and black Chinese granite fixtures, a Venetian-glass wall installation by Fabbian of Italy, special Cathay Solus Chairs (those round booth-like ones) handcrafted by Poltrona Frau, three shower suites, and of course, a signature Cathay Pacific lounge noodle bar. There are also seven workstations with desktop computers and internet, as well as WiFi throughout—take this video tour to see it all for yourself.

Though it has plenty of detractors, there’s no doubt that Klout is here to stay. The firm provides social media analytics and measures a person’s “influence” based on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, FourSquare and Google+ profiles and activity, and then assigns them a score between 1-100 based on the amount of influence they have. Klout comes up with this number based on a user’s number of contacts or followers, their activity on each site, and whether their followers/friends pay attention to and re-post/tweet/react to the user’s posts. Higher scores mean higher “status.”

My current Klout score is 62, so I would qualify, though frankly I have lounge access from so many other methods, this doesn’t really jazz me up too much. But hey, free is free!

Does this make me an internet cool kid?

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  • Jamison

    62 is a really high score!!!

  • DanielOGuinness

    Well of coarse he does, he’s the Point Dude!

  • elguapo

    Boy, this was the most elaborate humblebrag of all time. Of all time! Just kidding TPG, we love ya.

  • thepointsguy

    I was waiting to get made fun of for it! Glad someone finally broke the ice ;-)

  • thepointsguy

    But a 62 out of 100 is like a D-… not really much to brag about, right?

  • Ted

    that’s really annoying for those who actually earned the lounge access (biz/first class passengers). What happens if it gets really full?

  • Kloutscore10

    Not only is it a great score, If he were a pornstar, he’d be tied for 3rd in that category with Sasha Grey (behind only your namesake, Jenna Jameson & Alexis with scores of 67)

    Top 5 scores?
    Justin Bieber – 100
    Foursquare – 99
    Rihanna – 95
    Lady Gaga – 94
    Niki Minaj – 92

    The definitive source?

  • Dhurd

    Thanks. I’ve got three hours to kill at SFO tomorrow and United Club will be busy. BTW, you scared me for a second when you said its for iPhone. Thankfully there is an Android app to.

  • David Adams

    A klout score above 60 puts you in pretty exclusive company. Barack Obama’s score is only 94. The only person with a score of 100 is Justin Bieber. :-)

  • Dhurd

    My score is real score is only 13 :-( . Though it looks like I can put in anyone’s Twitter ID (no password needed). I might just use @thepointguy or Alec Baldwin or something lol

  • Michael W Travels

    Pretty cool perk, too bad it is only good for SFO.

  • Chris

    TSA will not allow travelers into the A side of SFO international terminal unless they have a boarding pass for international flights departing from gates 1-12. This will def put a lid on abuse of this promo.

  • Gpapadop

    My klout score is 50 so I am average? :-)

  • Matthew Anselmo

    I just want to add how cool I am for being the first person on your Klout influences. I think my Klout score should go up because I am making you that much cooler.

    In all seriousness I love your blog and share it with all friends and family. I even retweet all of your articles to my followers. As a frequent traveler working for P&G, you have helped me find the deals and loopholes that make most of my family vacations free.

    Thanks! Matt

  • Latimer

    My Klout score’s 46, not bad. However, the mobile app is frustrating. If I link it to another twitter account (with a Klout score of 10), it works and connects just fine. However, when trying my “real” account with a score of 46, I get a “Sorry, we’re having trouble reaching Klout” error. Sounds very fishy. I wonder if it works just by showing my score through the iPhone browser and showing them that I have the app installed.

    Flying to HKG on Monday – will keep you updated. Or maybe the issue will be resolved by then.

  • Shane C

    App is frustrating and unreliable. I think I will avoid Klout and just photoshop your screenshot with my name…

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