Lounge Review: The Club at ATL

 

The Club at ATL Entrance

On my trip to San Francisco earlier this week, I found myself with a somewhat long layover in Atlanta and decided to check out The Club at ATL in the International Terminal. The Club at ATL is not affiliated with a particular airline and touts themselves as a value-conscious, yet attractive and modern airport lounge. While they do have arrangements with a few international airlines such as Lufthansa, most visitors are purchasing day passes or have access through the Priority Pass program.

I arrived on my redeye flight from the West coast around 6:30 AM and headed directly over to the International Terminal where many of the lounges are located on the Mezzanine level. I checked in with the front desk and purchase a day pass for $35. For an airport lounge day pass, it’s a very competitive price.

 

The Club at ATL Mezzanine

Mezzanine Level of the International Terminal

There are 2 seating areas with the larger main room and which includes the bar and a secondary seating lounge with a bit more privacy. In the main seating area, there is a coffee and tea bar along with the food buffet. It was the early morning so I found the food selection to be quite limited. There was only a few pastries and some whole fruit. If you are looking for the espresso, you will find it hidden in the secondary seating area. While it was too early to enjoy a cocktail, it was nice to know there’s plenty of options at the bar. I spent just under 3 hours in the lounge and there were only 2 other guests the whole time. It wasn’t exactly peak hours though.

 

The Club at ATL Seating

Main Seating Area

The Club at ATL Espresso

Espresso anyone?

The Club at ATL Sunrise

Nice Sunrise over the “Fly Delta Jets” Billboard

I had a very long day of travel ahead of me and since I  has just gotten off the redeye, freshening up seemed like a great idea. The front desk staff must let you into the shower facilities as they are kept locked. By airport standards, they are quite clean. I enjoyed a warm shower and changed into fresh clothes. I had my own toiletries with me so I didn’t need to request any toiletries but they don’t stock many items in the bathrooms. There were however, plenty of towels to be had.

The Club at ATL Washroom

Just Like a Spa?

The Club at ATL Shower

Plenty of Towels

Overall, I thought The Club at ATL was a nice lounge a great alternative to the traditional carrier lounges. I did find the service to be a bit dull and I had to head to the front desk for just about everything. I also would like to have seen a better food selection in the morning as there was not a lot of substance. I’ve heard they have better food later in the day. But in the end, for $35, it was a great way to pass the time and board my next Delta flight feeling very refreshed.

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5.1 CPM – Delta – #FlightDeal – DCA to OAK (And Reverse) – September 2014 – $250 R/T

This is an excellent fare for a transcontinental jaunt from Washington DC to the Bay Area. Fare available for Tuesday and Wednesday departures originating in DCA.  More widespread availability originating in OAK.

Sample Departure Date: Sep 3, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sep 9, 2014

Airline: Delta

CPM: 5.1 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 4,862 miles

Routing: DCA-SLC-OAK-SLC-DCA

Total Roundtrip Fare: $250

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Weekend in Hong Kong? 4.7 CPM – Air Canada – #MileageRun or #FlightDeal – IAH to HKG – Sep to Nov 2014 – $863 R/T

Great fare to Hong Kong  from Houston, showing lots of availability from mid-September through November 2014. Limited availability in latter half of November.Lowest fares appear to be for Sunday through Tuesday departures.

One night turnaround available for you mileage runners or longer stays for a Hong Kong getaway! Be sure to watch fare classes on Air Canada operated flights as the mileage accrual rates vary. This one won’t last!

Sample Departure Date: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

Sample Return Date: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

Airline: Air Canada

CPM: 4.7 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 18,146 miles

Routing: IAH-YYZ-HKG-YYZ-IAH

Total Roundtrip Fare: $863

 

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4.4 CPM+ – Delta/American – #FlightDeal or #MileageRun – PBI to SFO (And Reverse) – October 2014 – $280 R/T

A great weekday transcontinental fare between West Palm Beach and San Francisco. Available in both directions on Delta and American, depending on the date/direction.  Same-day turnaround available for you mileage runners. Sample dates below:

West Palm Beach to San Francisco:

Sample Departure Date: Oct 3, 2014

Sample Return Date: Oct 3, 2014 (Redeye, Arrives Oct 4)

Airline: Delta

CPM: 4.4 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 6,322 miles

Routing: PBI-DTW-SFO-DTW-PBI

Total Roundtrip Fare: $280

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San Francisco to West Palm Beach:

Sample Departure Date: Oct 1, 2014

Sample Return Date: Oct 7, 2014 

Airline: American

CPM: 5.4 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,122 miles

Routing: SFO-DFW-PBI-DFW-SFO

Total Roundtrip Fare: $280

 

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4.5 CPM – United – #MileageRun or #FlightDeal – PDX to FLL – Sep 5 to 6- Weekend – $289 R/T

This is an excellent fare for a transcontinental jaunt from from cool Portland to sunny Florida. Multiple dates available but first weekend in September only requires a one night stay for you mileage runners. Fare available in the reverse direction as well ($289 R/T) with but mileage accrual is greater originating in PDX.

Sample Departure Date: Sep 5, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sep 6, 2014

Airline: United

CPM: 4.5 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 6,277 miles

Routing: PDX-EWR-FLL-IAH-PDX

Total Roundtrip Fare: $285

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5.1 CPM – United – #MileageRun or #FlightDeal – FLL to PDX – Sep 5 to 6- Weekend – $289 R/T

This is an excellent fare for a transcontinental jaunt from sunny Florida to cool Portland. Multiple dates available but first weekend in September only requires a one night stay for you mileage runners. Fare available in the reverse direction as well ($285 R/T) connecting through EWR for an even great mileage accrual.

Sample Departure Date: Sep 5, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sep 6, 2014

Airline: United

CPM: 5.1 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,570 miles

Routing: FLL-IAH-PDX-IAH-FLL

Total Roundtrip Fare: $289

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The Love Field Fare Wars Begin……

With yesterday’s announcement from Southwest Airlines for new service from Dallas Love Field once the Wright Amendment is full repealed,  I figured it was only a matter of time before other airlines starting match Southwest’s $99 each way fares.  Virgin America introduced $79 one way fares out of Love Field to LGA,SFO, DCA, and LAX a few weeks ago when they announced service from Love Field.

I’ve been expecting American Airlines, if not others to start matching Southwest’s $99 Fares to destinations like LAX,LGA,DCA, and SFO from Dallas area airports. Well sure enough, I checked out the ITA Matrix this morning and American has starting matching fares ($198 R/T) to LAX. Of course, these are departing out of DFW instead of DAL as American does not serve Love Field.

I’m sure these won’t last long so if you’re planning a October or November visit to Southern California, book now. However, I do think this signals a long term decrease in fares from Dallas with the exit of the Wright Amendment restrictions and compounded by the entry of Virgin America into Love Field.

 

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