I usually travel through SEA with my wife who has an Alaska Lounge membership so we spend our layovers in one of the three lounges there.  Here is a review of their newest lounge in the C Concourse.  On this rare occasion, I was on my own on a six hour layover so time to use my AMEX Centurion Card.

The Centurion Lounge is located in the B Terminal, home to mostly Delta and Southwest flights.  It was a reasonable walk over from where I landed in C, but make sure you allow enough time to catch your flight as terminals at SEA are spread out, particularly the S and N Terminals.  The map makes it look like it is right at the intersection of Terminal B and the main corridor, but you need to walk a couple hundred feet down to spot the signs.

The desk checks you in and explains where everything is if you haven’t been there before.

Despite this being a smaller lounge, I thought there was plenty of space.

The food was much better than in the Alaska Lounge.  Quite a good variety of food (although no pancake machine!), including German coldcuts for breakfast.

I stuck with tea and a cherry bearclaw.

The room in the back has the bar and a great view of Terminal B and S.

They display the flights and I liked the décor on the media wall which is made of old suitcases, books, cameras and other travel items.  I just need to figure how to make one at home!

Altogether a very nice lounge with good wifi and food.  Check it out if you get a chance.

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Courtesy of reader Pete, he is donating 4 GPUs and 2 RPUs.  However, they expire at the end of this month, so you need a ticketed reservation to fly by 31 Jan.  He would like them to go to veterans or currently serving members of the military.  I don’t have any way to verify that, so we are on the honor system here.  I’ll randomly select winners to whomever responds to this post today.

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These are passes to the AS Lounges in LAX, PDX, SEA, or ANC and will expire 12/31.  If you are interested, reply to this post and I will draw random winners.

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After living in Honolulu for three years, my wife and I pretty much go back there once a year to catch up with friends and see what has changed.  Here , here and here are some past posts.  We do try and stay at a different property every time in order to try new things.  This time we got a good deal at the DoubleTree at Alana-Waikiki.  This property is located away from most of the major hotels on the strip and is right across from Ft. DeRussey.  The advantage to military members is that it is close enough to walk over and use all the amenities at the Hale Koa whenever you want.  I used a free weekend night cert from the Citi Honors CC to save about $200 on our stay.

Its a nice ten minute walk to the beach if you go through Ft. DeRussey.

Like a lot of Hawaiian properties, check-in is on the second floor, not the first.

Our King beg was quite nice and comfortable.

The rest of the room was good sized by Honolulu standards, but some folks might think it is small if they didn’t realize how expensive floor space is in Hawaii.

I did like the bathroom and the closet with a safe in it.

We were on the 14th floor (upgraded due to Diamond status) with nice views.  Kind of junky if you look down, but keep your eyes on the mountains or ocean and you are fine.

The hotel has an outdoor lap pool and a decent gym.

A change from the past is that the complimentary breakfast is a full breakfast, not a continental one as in the past.  It was quite good and you could get eggs cooked to order.

On the whole a very nice, reasonably priced, property at a good location.  My only complaint was the slowness of the elevators, but at least they are working on that problem!

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I had reviewed this lounge in its previous version a few years ago when it was an Aspire lounge.  It was a pay for play lounge which obviously didn’t get enough customers and closed a couple of years ago.  Now it has been completely renovated and opened as The Club.  The Club is a rapidly spreading chain of private lounges that take Priority Pass for admittance.  I was really glad when they re-opened this lounge as it really sucks to wait around for your flight in the main terminal seating.  I guess you could call me spoiled.  I also like the fact that Alaska moved their flights to the D Terminal from the C Terminal to be closer to this lounge.  So let’s check this out.

The directions say they are at Gat D10, but it is really closer to D11 so keep walking until you see this sign.

Show your card and sign at the front desk and enter.  It is not the largest lounge in the world – but it is the only one in the domestic terminals at BWI.

Even though it is small, there was plenty of room for my wife and I.

There was a nice variety of food, but it was mostly cold food.  I did like the fact that they had granola bars to grab and have on the plane.

Not to mention the essential coffee machine

Even though they are not part of an airline, they have a nice board to make sure you don’t miss your flight.

So this lounge definitely gets my recommendation whenever you need to travel through BWI.

 

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Courtesy of one of our readers, and occasional contributor, Chuck.  Here are four Delta Have One On Us drink coupons.  They expire on 15 Dec, so make sure you are flying before then.  Same rules as before, simply reply to this post and I will randomly draw names and email the vouchers to those lucky few.

 

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Well, Random.org has selected 4 winners out of the 25 people who replied to the post.  Congratulations to all the winners.  I have given them 2 weeks to find an eligible fare.

If they can’t come up with one, I will redraw from the same list and give someone else the chance.

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I have four AS Gold Guest Upgrades that expire 12/31/17 and will give them away to people posting a reply to this post.  These upgrade certificates are actually more valuable than in the past because Alaska has reduced their F class from four rows to three on most flights.  They did this to install Premium Economy in the first few rows of Economy which have increased legroom along with drinks and snacks.  Kind of a poor man’s F.  My wife, who is a MVPGold75K and myself, merely MVP Gold, have had a harder time getting free upgraded due to the reduced F seating.  That means using one of these Gold Guest Upgrades is more valuable since you jump ahead of all of us waiting elites.  To be fair, when I say it is harder, that means my wife’s upgrade % went from 90% upgraded to only 75% upgraded so it is still really good to be an elite on Alaska!  As a mere Gold, I was upgraded 95% last year (got lucky), but only 75% this year.

I have had an issue in the past where people grabbed these because they were free, but then never used them (yes, I can tell if they are used).  So this year, the rules are that I will notify the winners on Sunday and then you have two weeks to book a flight, otherwise they go to another random person who posted a reply.  I just feel that is fair.  Remember that when you book the flight, you can’t use them on the cheapest fair.  You need to check the “Gold Guest Upgrade” box to see eligible fares.  This will bring up a separate column with the eligible fare class.  Also, note the “F” for each leg.  Colored in “F” boxes mean it is immediately available for an upgrade to F, but a non-colored in box means you are on the list for an upgrade.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them.

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I have flown my fair share of business class, but Emirates exceeded all my expectations – no surprise if you have ever flown Emirates.  My first flight ever with Emirates was in 2002 and I was on a full Y fare and then upgrade into Business.  Only they didn’t tell me that I had been upgraded so I thought this was their Coach and was extremely impressed!  Back then, Business was a reclining seat and nice food.  The flight I took with my wife showed just how far they have gone into making Business an unbelievably fantastic experience.

Taking two shots of the seat, you can see the nice seat right next to a mini-bar.

What looks like a TV in this photo is actually the tablet which controls everything in your cabin.  The papers in this photo are the menu for dinner and a sheet to fill out for what you want for breakfast.

The dinner arrived and was really something to enjoy.

Apologies for the darkness of the photos, but everything was spectacular.

I am showing you the amenity kits, the woman’s on the left and the men’s on the right.  Similar except for the compact vice the shaving gear.

Wandering around the cabin, I loved the circular bar and lounge area in Business Class.  Made me feel like I was on a 747 in the 1970’s!

When I returned, the FA had set up my bed.  Time to get some sleep.  I don’t think I have ever had 8 hours of great sleep on a plane before…

We spent a lot of Alaska miles to get this trip, but it was totally worth it in my opinion.

 

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Here is our annual list of all the various free meals that veterans can get.  I wanted to get this out a few days in advance so you can plan for where you want to go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – or all three!  Use this as an excuse to take a veteran to a meal to thank him or her for their service.  If you know of other meal deals, please post them as a reply.

Note the date of each deal as they are not all on 11 November and several have specific times.  Be prepared to show an ID verifying you are eligible.  Pretty easy for those of us still serving, but veterans should show a Driver’s License with veteran status on it, or a VA card, even a DD214 should do.  Most of the time, they just take your word for it, but you don’t want to be called out in a restaurant because you couldn’t prove it.  Enjoy!

Denny’s – 0500-1200, 10 Nov., Free Build Your Own Grand Slam Breakfast

IHOP – 10 Nov., Free Red, White, and Blue pancakes

BJ’s Restaurant – 10 & 11 Nov., Any meal under $12.95 is complimentary along with an alcoholic drink worth up to $6 if you are over 21.

Spaghetti Warehouse – 10-12 Nov., BOGO free on any entrée. You need to print out the coupon on their website. http://www.meatballs.com/

Applebee’s – 11 Nov., Free meal from special menu

Black Angus – Opening – 1500, 11 Nov., Free top sirloin steak dinner and non-alcoholic beverage

Bob Evans – 11 Nov., Free select menu items

California Pizza Kitchen – 11 Nov., Free items from special menu

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse – 11 Nov., Free 8 0z. steak dinner

Chevy’s – 1100-1400, 11 Nov., Complimentary Fresh Mex 3-item Combo

Chuck E. Cheese – 11 Nov., Free cheese pizza

Cici’s Pizza – 11 Nov., Free pizza buffet

Cracker Barrel – 11 Nov., Complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake

Dunkin’ Donuts – 11 Nov., Free donut

Famous Dave’s BBQ – 11 Nov., Free two meat combo

Friendly’s – 11 Nov., Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner

Green Turtle – 11 Nov., Free meal up to $12 or $12 off a more expensive meal

Hooters – 11 Nov., Free meal

Logan’s Roadhouse – 11 No., Free American Roadhouse Meal. Not valid in CA, NC, SC or Augusta, GA.  Note that vets always get 10% off throughout the year.

Little Caesar’s Pizza – 1100-1400, 11 Nov., Free $5 lunch combo

Menchie’s Frozen yogurt – 11 Nov., Free 6 oz. yogurt

Mimi’s Café – 11 Nov., Free items from special menu

Mission BBQ – 11 Nov., Free sandwich and slice of cake (while it lasts). On a personal note, try to eat here at noon on any given day and watch what happens!

On the Border – 11 Nov., Free combo meal

Outback Steakhouse – 11 Nov., Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage

Outback Steakhouse – 12-16 Nov., military members get 20% off

Outback Steakhouse – 17 Nov. onwards, Military, police, and fire get 10% off

Ponderosa Steakhouse – 1600-close, 11 Nov., Free buffet

Red Lobster – 11 Nov., Free appetizer or dessert

Ruby’s – 11 Nov., Free adult entrée

Ruby Tuesday – 11 Nov., Free appetizer

Shoney’s – 0600-1100, 11 Nov., Free All You Care to Eat breakfast

Sizzler – Before 1600, 11 Nov., Free lunch and beverage

Texas Roadhouse – 11 Nov., Free special veterans lunch

TGI Fridays – 1100-1400, 11 Nov., Free lunch

UNO – 11 Nov., Free entrée or individual pizza

Village Inn – 11 Nov., Free Inn-Credible breakfast

White Castle – 11 Nov., Free breakfast combo or Combo Meal #1-6

Wienerschnitzel – 11 Nov., Free chilidog with small fries and small Pepsi

World of Beer – 11 Nov., Free beer or $5 off check

Golden Corral – 1700-2100, 13 Nov., Free dinner

Country Cookin’ – 1400-2000, 14 Nov., Free meal

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Not sure why Chipotle picked 1700-closing on 7 Nov for their Veterans’ Day Deal, but it is here and you should take advantage of it.  Open to any military (active, guard or reserve), veterans, and even military spouses.  Buy one burrito, bowl, salad, or taco and get another one free.  I will generously offer to take my wife out for dinner tonight…

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