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Membership and all that Jazz


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OK, so flying to the Cook Islands from Brisbane you have two choices…

• You fly Virgin Blue – Have no food or drinks provide, you pay for anything you use and are not allowed to stay in New Zealand between flights…

• If you fly Air New Zealand, you get food, drinks entertainment, and as is important when looking to explore the world … you can break your trip up into several flights so that you fly into one city say Auckland and fly out of another say Christchurch!

All in all this made a lot of sense to me, and so I booked my flights with Air New Zealand.
Just one hitch… flying into Auckland from Australia you arrive several hours before the connecting flight to Rarotonga departs.

So having paid several hundred dollars to become a member of the Qantas Club I thought I might spend some time relaxing at the Bar.

As I approached reception I flashed my membership card…
“Do you have a boarding pass?”
Well isn’t that funny when you get to it, I have one but for Air New Zealand…
“Sorry you can’t use the lounge if you’re not flying Qantas”
But I don’t have an option Qantas, nor any member of the one world alliance, actually flies to the Cook Islands!

Oh well shy of hassling a passing stranger to invite me into the lounge as one of their guests I choose to shop…

You can do a lot of shopping in the international airport in Auckland (and as some of my friends recommend the massages are great) and I must say that there are some very nice souvenirs ect… but what I really wanted was to sit back in that lounge and relax… (It’s funny how you don’t let go of things which you can’t change, I waited till I got back to Australia before lodging an official complaint… what’s the point of being a member of a club lounge if you can’t use it).

Posted by M_Tree 20:48 Archived in New Zealand Tagged luxury_travel

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