How Virgin Atlantic Plans To Keep Elites Out Of London Heathrow Clubhouse [Roundup]

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  1. As a practical matter, Virgin and Delta are the only SkyTeam member airlines that fly out of LHR T3. Nonetheless, recall that SkyTeam has permanently closed its proprietary lounge at LHR. SkyTeam business class travelers can use three independent contract lounges. But, what makes Virgin’s decision particularly odd to categorize its lounge as a first class lounge is that Upper Class is universally categorized as business class.

  2. As disappointing as this may seem, it’s about time that airlines bit the bullet and limited the number of pax in their lounges. They can either handle this now, or double the size of their airport lounges. With the influx of CC elite status, Virgin, as usual, is not afraid to step up and make things better for pax. The LHR Clubhouse is indeed a place to swoon over, I look forward to it every trip on Virgin.

    As for the vax to enter requirement, the US definitely needs to keep this on the books. There’s just no reason not to and a billion reasons to implement it for quite some time.

  3. @huey judy

    Are you insane?? It’s the (stupidly) vaxxed people that are getting it and spreading it! The intelligent, UNvaxxed folks are just fine. We need to block from entry and deport all the brainwashed, vaxxed idiots!

    Wake up!!!

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