Though it was pretty busy, the Aspire Lounge (no. 41) has been one of my favorites so far. I wasn’t actually supposed to be there. At the time, I had a Priority Pass card through the American Express Business Platinum Card. I sucked about $1,500 in value from the card– in free travel, TSA Pre-Check fees, travel credit, and more– and then canceled it before having to pay the $450 annual fee. Luckily, Priority Pass hadn’t shut down my account quickly enough so I managed to get one last visit in on that membership. I was departing from Amsterdam, flying to Atlanta.
Lots of options for seating. I met up with my dad (first time in a lounge for him), and after he boarded I wandered around aimlessly and ate.
I never really tire of being in airports, especially when I have a view.
An area that was not divided from the rest of the lounge but was somehow “for Singapore Airlines Only.” Pretty dumb, but they enforced it. I promptly got myself a non-alcoholic beer out of the “Singapore-Only Refridgerator” in protest. I think they got the message.
Plenty of coffee.
Lots of juices and non-alcoholic options (much better pre-flight!)
And plenty of FREE LIQUOR. If that’s your thing, you need to start flying first-class. Long travel days are an endless stream of free booze that’s wasted on grumpy travelers.
Heineken on tap, what else for Holland’s airport?
Small boxes of ‘Hagelslag,’ a classic Dutch breakfast treat. It’s chocolate sprinkles to spread on bread and butter, but they taste way better than that nonsense we call chocolate sprinkles in the U.S.
Fatty things to put on bread.
All in all, it was a fun visit! Free access with Priority Pass, which I now have (again) through the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, one I plan to keep for a long time. Free meals in every airport for a frequent flier is a pretty big value. The only thing I wished this lounge had was showers. Traveling makes one feel dirty, and showering in an airport is a novelty that hasn’t worn off for me yet.