The Winner of the Thursday Giveaway of 2 Admirals Club Day Passes and a Choice of Elite Rewards Is...
For last week's Thursday Giveaway I was offering 2 free American Airlines Admirals Club day passes and the winner's choice of two of my Elite Rewards, American’s incentive program for elite flyers who go above and beyond their status qualification thresholds – which you can now qualify for with miles, segments or points, and where you get your choice of gifts as soon as you hit a threshold.
To enter, you just had to leave a comment on my post with what amenities your perfect airline lounge would have and why – anything from a celebrity chef menu, to what kind of spa they would have.
The winner would get the two club passes (that I had gotten from my last Citi AA Visa sign-up) and their choice of the following Elite Rewards (these are the only ones that are transferable):
1. Two more Admirals Club day passes2. 10% aa.com discount (though you can get your own by doing this if you haven’t already)3. Free Bags VIP luggage delivery (you can read my post about the service here)We got a ton of interesting entries, and Team TPG and I combed through the comments to find some of the most creative. Among them were the following lounge wish lists:"Tai Chi and of course Bingo, prizes can be, lounges pass, premium drink and massage vouchers." Maybe that would be relaxing enough to prevent air rage."Can't tell you how many times I've wished a lounge had the Sleepbox. It's like a grown-up blanket fort."
"Since the sky's the limit....I would LOVE to have a swimming pool in a lounge to cool off those hot summer days!""In the lounge I'd love free massages, Godiva truffles, and childcare so my husband and I could relax while my daughter plays!""Free massages & bowls of M&M's separated by color." Someone is quite particular!"Definitely going with the hibachi grill as you come in so that you can enjoy a fresh steak on your break...""A yoga room or an amazing farm to table restaurant.""Flying robots that can pour champagne." Dare to dream.
"My idea of the perfect airline lounge: Local and environmentally sustainable cuisine, bring the farmer's market to the airport. It'll be great to try to minimize carbon footprint. Massage parlor would be great, along with aromatherapy (apart from the common areas of course). Hot towels, too. Silly, I know, but it's refreshing."
But although we called for "concise" responses, we had to go with the following response from John, who has an entire vision for what his perfect lounge would have - and while I might quibble with the spa products and a designer here or there, I have to admire his thoroughness. And this sounds like a place I wouldn't mind hanging out in.
"My perfect airline lounge: Midcentury-modern design. Four sections: spa, sleep, lounge, and eat.
A full-size restaurant with booths and waiter service, similar to the British Airways Concorde Room at LHR, with a full menu of food you can pay for separately. Food just about a step below Michelin-starred. No one wants to pay $100+ per person in an airport lounge.
A *separate* beverage lounge, outfitted with Herman Miller furniture, mainly Eames chairs and high-top chairs and tables, and cocktail waitresses outfitted in Chanel, Louboutins, and pearls.
A sleeping area, dimly lit and outfitted with the respective airline's lie-flat first class seats. Amenity kits and pajamas available for purchase at the check-in counter. Air scented with relaxing fragrances similar to Westin's Green Tea scent experience.
Lastly, a spa facility, complete with lockers and separate check-in desk. Full shower facilities stocked with complimentary Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotions and Body Wash by cosmetics company fresh. Separate men's and women's spas with a steam room and massage lounge stocked with bottled water, fruit and teas. Then 30-minute chair massages, facial waxing services, and facials for $50 each.
Current access policies in place, but day passes for $100."
So congratulations, and thanks to all who entered! Stay tuned for this week's giveaway, which we'll announce on Thursday.
For more information on American’s Elite Rewards as well as some of my thoughts on airline lounges, see these posts:
American Releases Lucrative 2013 Elite Rewards
Comparing US Airways Special Dividends to American’s Elite Rewards
Top 10 Ways To Get Access To Airline Lounges
Top 10 Airline Lounges in the US