Oman Air Business Kuala Lumpur to Munich

For this years Christmas trip I decided to fly back to Germany and spend some weeks in Europe. Earlier in October Oman Air had an amazing sale for flights originating in Kuala Lumpur with awesome rates for business class tickets.

Naturally for roughly MYR4,000 (~USD900) roundtrip from KUL to Munich (MUC) via Muscat (MCT) I could not resist, especially since there are many great reviews for the Oman Air J product. After I booked this flight I did also request a status match from my Skywards card to Oman Air Sindbad, which was approved within a few days.

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Thai Lounge Kuala Lumpur international airport

On my recent flight from Kuala Lumpur (KUL – KLIA) to Dubai (DXB) via Bangkok (BKK) with Thai Airways I was invited to use the Thai Lounge located in the satellite building of KL international Airport Terminal 1.

KL international airport is located some 50 minutes outside of Kuala Lumpur and can be reached by car/taxi or the KLIA ekspress train from KL sentral station. It is divided in two terminals, KLIA which is used by all full service carriers and features extensive duty free shops, restaurants and airport lounges and KLIA2 which is like a mall with an integrated LCC terminal (mostly used by AirAsia).

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Pullman Riga Old Town

After arriving at Riga international airport (RIX) with airBaltic this December I made my way down into the old town of Riga to check-in at the Pullman Riga Old Town. I booked the hotel with my LeClub points as a short pre-xmas vacation, since I have never been to Eastern Europe I thought it could be nice to check it out.

Prior to arrival I requested the hotel via email to quote airport pickup for me, I never received a reply from them which turned out to be the start into a stay with one of the most terrible experience I ever had at any hotel, let alone a 5* accor property.

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airBaltic Munich to Riga CS300 Y+

After my rather disappointing stay at the ibis Munich airport (MUC) I took a early morning flight with airBaltics newest plane, a Bombardier CS300, which according to the captain had its second day of service on this flight BT222 to Riga international airport (RIX).

The flight was roughly 70 minutes delayed on arrival due to very dense fog at MUC, ground crew gave unfortunately little information about that so I just had to wait at the gate until the plane made its way down through the clouds.

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Ibis Hallbergmoos Munich airport

After arriving at Munich international airport (MUC) from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) via Muscat (MCT) on Oman Air I unfortunately was not picked up by the complementary Oman Air chauffeur service as advertised due to some very unfortunate issues with their website and support. So I had to take a taxi from the airport terminal to my hotel.

Given that I arrived in the evening and had to fly out to Riga on airBaltic early the next morning I settled with – as I thought – a more budget friendly solution and made a reservation for the ibis Hallbergmoos, which is advertised as an airport hotel.

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Plaza Premium lounge Hong Kong international airport

Earlier this year I visited Hong Kong for a few days and managed to get a good business class price with Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur (this was also my last every flight with them, but that story is for an other day).

I found HKG to be extremely confusing for Asian airports, since those are mostly well planned and have lots of signage to point you the right way, it took me almost 30 minutes and help from several different people to find the exit. Apparently no one in Hong Kong expected that arriving pax would not either take a taxi or the train (I use uber and there seems to be no pick-up/drop off at arrivals).

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Plaza Premium lounge Penang international airport

In May 2016 I went to Penang, one of the most developed islands of Malaysia and a frequent destination for me. Besides its cultural heritage around the city of Georgetown I love Penang because it provides you with the convenience of a developed and somewhat big city while being way more clean and laid back than Malaysias capital Kuala Lumpur.

As well Penang island (there is also a a big area on the mainland that is part of Penang state) has some very nice resorts and beaches around Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah, even though I wouldn’t swim in the ocean since it is a major ship route.

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New Apricot lounge Ho Chi Minh City Terminal 2

As a frequent visitor for business in Vietnam and specifically Ho Chi Minh City I have tried all lounges in SGN airport. The Apricot lounge is one of the newest offered in the airport and opened together with the new Vietnam Airlines lounge in level 3, Apricot is located in level 1 though and it is a bit hard to find (using the small elevator inside the duty free shop behind immigration).

Since Tan Son Nhat is a rather unpleasant airport with mostly unhelpful, borderline rude staff, big crowds and long queues at security and immigration (which shuffle around every few days, sometimes they built security before immigration, than the other way around, then change again… completely insane) to me lounge access here is crucial in order to relax and calm down after the chaos of checking-in.

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Lisbon Portela Airport LIS Blue lounge

For one of my last flights from Portugal to Germany with Tap Portugal I decided to stop by the Blue lounge in Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) where I was admitted for free with my Visa infinite card (I honestly think it was a mistake by the lounge attendant but oh well…).

Lisbon airport is alright for Europe, but the check-in area is quite chaotic (especially the TAP Portugal counters) and despite its decent size I find LIS to be more crowded than I would enjoy. Hence being able to wait in a lounge instead of the crowded remote gate area was exactly the right thing for me.

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