Fifteen bucks for business
The sad thing is that this doesn’t work at airports abroad, where I often have long waits for connecting flights.
If I wanted to get into a business lounge in Bangkok, Hanoi or Beijing without actually having booked a business flight, I’d have to have a gold card – unfortunately, my frequent traveller card is just silver.
Always hoping to get lucky
Nevertheless, I always try to get into the lounges with my silver card, hoping that somewhere, some time the locals might not know or care and just let me sit in those plush chairs and enjoy the free booze they serve in business lounges…
When I got to the lounge at the airport in an unnamed Asian city today, I was the only guest. The lady at the reception politely informed me that my silver card wasn’t enough to enter the lounge. As if I hadn’t known…
I thought that sounded like a good idea since I had more than one and a half hours to kill before my plane was due to depart.
The supervisor suggested I pay fifteen US Dollars.
That’s a sizeable sum in this unnamed Asian country.
After I gave her the cash, she happily put it into her wallet. Or was it the company wallet? Anyway: there were no witnesses. And I didn’t get a receipt.
Am I being too suspicious?
So let’s think of a more positive version of this episode. Who am I to suspect these people of any wrongdoing anyway?!
Let’s just look at this story from another point of view: the lady bent the rules to make my last hour in her country as pleasant as possible. She was friendly and helpful.
And for me it was nice to sit in a cushy chair and have access to the internet, instead of having to sit on the metal chairs in the general waiting area at the flight gate.
And who really cares about the fifteen bucks…