Misleading advertising for Lufthansa codeshare tickets

On my recent multi-city itinerary from Germany to Portugal I mixed flights from Lufthansa and TAP Portugal into one Lufthansa reservation. TAP Portugal charges ridiculous fees for credit card payments (so much to the self proclaimed status as magnificent full service carrier) and Lufthansa had the better timing for one of the flights.

Since both carriers are Star Alliance it was no problem to book them in one ticket and Lufthansa even advertised the better conditions with less payment fees, luggage included and seat selection, at least on paper…

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Review Emirates Airlines Kuala Lumpur to Barcelona Economy A380

After visiting the rather disappointing Plaza Premium lounge Kuala Lumpur I was even kind of looking forward to my 18 hours trip on Emirates A380 economy to Barcelona via Dubai.

Maybe it was a mix of the fact that the lounge was not much better than an economy flight and that I just wanted to be done with the trip but in the end the trip was still pretty decent. Now I won’t start flying these distances for fun in economy but if I have to Emirates is definitely a solid option.

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Review Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur KLIA

Before embarking on my recent trip to Europe in Emirates A380 economy  I had the chance to sample one of the very few independent contract lounges in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Terminal 1.

Located in the satellite building that houses the C gates Plaza Premium lounge operates on the upper level and is a short way from the sky train. Besides being used by multiple airlines for premium passengers it is also part of Priority Pass and several credit cards like the Maybank 2 cards premier give access. As for Maybank cards be aware which cards give access as they like to shuffle it around every few months, of course without informing customers.

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Review Shanghai Airlines Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai Economy

For a quick business trip to Shanghai from my base in Kuala Lumpur I needed a convenient flight that would minimise nights in Shanghai. While I prefer Malaysia Airlines from KUL originating flights to Asia they had only times that did not work well for me.

Shanghai Airlines on the other side had perfect timing leaving to Shanghai late night and arriving early morning and back to Kuala Lumpur in the evening. This would allow me to maximise the time in Shanghai for meetings, but little did I know what kind of ride I was in for.

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Review Pullman Jing’an Shanghai

For a quick business trip I recently had to spend two nights in Shanghai where I had the chance to spend two nights at the former Grand Mercure Shanghai Central that just recently rebranded to the Pullman Shanghai Jing’an, named after the area it is located in.

While this was just a short stay and I partially paid by points I do like and prefer the Pullman brand in general so I had a certain expectation in terms of style and service. I left Shanghai with somewhat mixed feelings about this property, that does not really fit into the Pullman brand as of now.

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Is Forest City Johor Bahru a good property investment in Malaysia?

While lounges.world has a clear focus on travel, airlines, hospitality and dining sometimes I think it is worth branching out into different topics if there is something interesting to share.

This post will be such a different topic in which I want to share my thoughts and impressions of Forest City Johor Bahru, which is a massive property development taking place on several man-made islands off the coast of the Malaysian state near Singapore. Visiting Forest City was actually one of the reasons I went to Johor, to get some more information about the project I recommend a look at the developers website.

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Review Amerin Hotel Johor Bahru

For a long weekend in April I decided to explore Johor Bahru since I haven’t been there, despite living in Malaysia for years, as well as spending a day in Singapore which is right next to Johor Bahru town.

Johor Bahru does not have that many hotels especially if you are looking for something more upscale. The only chain hotel I found was the DoubleTree by Hilton which was somewhat pricey for a town like Johor and since I am not a member anyway I decided it wasn’t worth the money. Instead I went with the 4 star Amerin Hotel, which I booked through AirAsiaGo, that is located a short drive of 10 minutes away from Johor town.

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Review Tosca DoubleTree Johor Bahru

While I normally focus on airline and hospitality related topics and reviews here I find it worthwhile to share one surprisingly good address for Italian food in Johor Bahru.

I always had trouble to find any good Italian places in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur basically has nothing in that direction, unless you want to spend a couple of hundred dollars per person for something somewhat decent.

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Review Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

Over a long weekend in April 2017 I spent a night in Singapore after my short trip to Johor Bahru, Malaysia. As it was just one night and I did not need anything fancy I decided to go for the cheapest 5 star option Accor Hotels had on offer for that night, which ended up being the Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy.

I paid a part of the rate with points which gave me a rather unpleasant experience before at the Pullman Riga Old Town which really made me feel anything but welcome, while later resolved I assume at least partially the unpleasant service was due to my “lack of spending” at that property.

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State of TAP Portugal short/medium retrofit: it can’t be so much progressed

Due to my family and business setup I am a frequent visitor to Portugal and usually fly multiple times every year into Lisbon. Being based in Asia I am struck with very limited options to get into Portugal, in fact there is no direct flight at all and the only carrier with a good product that flies one stop is Emirates. Sure you could fly BA or Lufthansa, but frequencies are limited and it is by far not as comfortable as Emirates, simply by having one leg on a short haul plane and one long flight on a sub-par long haul configuration.

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