Naked for the first time in an airport!

It was bound to happen sometime. 8:20am on Friday November 22nd I found myself naked in the airport. The whole experience liberated my spirit, refreshed my mind and rejuvenated my body. I had just flown in to Atlanta from Buenos Aires and the feeling of parting with clothes you’ve worn for a day and slept in for a night was heavenly. A small wave of anticipation tingled through my body as I took of my panties and stepped into the shower.

Airport bathroom and shower
Airport bathroom and shower

On the advice of a friend I recently signed up for the American Express Platinum, and so far it has been worth every penny of the $450 annual fee. Along with a whole host of goodies it gives you and two guests airport lounge access to Delta and American lounges. The Delta Sky Lounge in Terminal E at ATL (Atlanta airport) is nothing short of spectacular.

The lounge is a vast array of varied seating – whether you’re working, or napping, grabbing a bite to eat or socializing it’s got a spot for you. Complete with a full bar and snacks it is an airport oasis for weary travelers. All the Delta lounges in ATL are fantastic, but the one in Terminal E is particular special because they have private showers you can use.

It took me a while to convince myself to take the plunge. Despite TSA’s best efforts, the idea of getting naked in an airport, however private it may be, is still a foreign one to me. The showers are located near the back of the Delta lounge, past the bar and upon entering you quickly realize this is closer to a spa than an airport.

Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion – even a toothbrush and toothpaste – are all provided for you. Your private room has a bench, basin, toilet, and of course, a shower. Though a little spartan it is spotlessly clean and nearly perfect

I turned up the hot water, and let the last ten hours of flying wash off my body. With each passing minute I relaxed a little more and any remnants of my stress swirled down the drain along with the soapy water. I began to feel ready for the final 5 hours of my journey – which would take me from Atlanta to Seattle.

Thank you Delta and American Express for making my first naked airport experience a good one. I look forward to many more!

Alaska Air I love everything about you except…

I spend a lot of my time in airports and on airplanes escaping the cold and rainy Seattle weather for warmer, and more skydiving friendly,  climes. Many times it is at the bidding of my employer, though just as often it is with my own ends in mind. The amount of time I spend at airports is  perhaps underestimated by my annual mileage. This year I’ll do around 90,000 miles, but so many of those are short trips between Seattle and Los Angeles.

Alaska Air loungeThis year I decided to take the plunge, and sign up for the American Express Platinum. At $450 a year the annual fee is not something to be taken lightly. I felt the few moments of silent bliss in an airline’s board room lounges, as well as the free food and drink would turn out to be ample compensation for the fee. One month in to my Amex Plat tenure I’m not disappointed.

They offset the fee by offering you free Global Entry (worth $100 every 5 years), and up to $200 off incidentals at the airline of your choice (works for $100 Alaska Air gift certificates too). So this comes to $150 this year, a very modest fee all things considered.

Needless to say, I’ve been trying out as many airline board room lounges as my flight schedule will allow in the last month, and have come away disappointed at least once.

Alaska, oh Alaska, what is that hovel you call a board room lounge at Gate D?

In some future post I will wax poetic about all the things I love about Alaska Airlines, but today is not that day. After a few flights on Alaska  over the last month I find myself on a Delta flight to Buenos Aires. At my employer’s behest, but such a wonderful opportunity is not something I would pass up.

Delta flies out of the S Gates at Seatac International. Far away from the usual C/D/N Gates of Alaska Airlines. Thankfully, the American Express Platinum grants free access to the Delta Sky Club board room, which is where I sit as I’m writing this.

When I arrived I was expected a fairly modest affair. Some tea, maybe a cookie, some vegetables and a slightly less cramped and dirty experience than the general seating outside. I was blown away!

Delta’s boardroom at Seatac is a veritable palace compared with the hovel that Alaska calls a board room lounge over in Gate D.

It’s light, quite, comfortable with plenty of room and easily accessible drinks. They even have a bar complete with bartender – which I would enjoy were it not 7:20 in the morning…

Wow! All I can say is – I love everything about Alaska except for that hovel of a board room lounge over in Gate D.