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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City. It Needs an Expansion and Relocation!

There is a strong rumor that AMEX will relocate their lounge to the La Guardia arrivals and departures hall once renovations at La Guardia (LGA)are complete. This makes a lot of sense, as the lounge could be easily accessed by passengers that are departing or arriving from either concourse, east and west and because this lounge is in serious need of an expansion and facelift. 

1.  Location

You’ll find the LGA Centurion Lounge pre-security on the 3rd floor between Concourse B and C — if you’re flying from any other terminal, a Route A or B airport shuttle is available on the arrivals level that can take you to this section of the airport. Don’t forget that you’ll still have to clear security after visiting this lounge, so keep an eye on the TV in the dining room to see how long the security line is. The agent will give you advice on how long to give yourself to get to your gate even without asking. 

It is difficult to find this lounge but there are signs telling you where to go and we found anyone working at the airport can tell you directions.  

When you arrive to the entrance you will think you are in the wrong place since it looks like an employee area back hall.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

2.  Checkin

This is no difference from other Centurion Lounges.  Be sure to ask the agent how long it will take you to get through security to your gate, but as we said before, they will most likely tell you without asking.  We have been to this lounge when it is extremely crowded due to weather cancellations, and if you notice it is crowded, ask the agent to help find you a seat.  There are no special services, like manicures or massages at DFW, so there is no need to ask. 

3.  Seating

There are only 110 seats in this small lounge, and as we said, on a busy day of cancellations, between families and luggage, the seats can fill pretty quickly.  On this day, there was plenty of seats though the lunch time hour on a weekday.  There is an area with a few couches, many tables and chairs and a bar.  There are many outlets here, including in the floor if you need them.  A children's play area is near the entrance and a long line of couches with a few televisions along the connecting hall.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

4.  Bar

The usual premium alcohol selections are available at the bar: "Enjoy a cocktail developed by one of the nation's top mixologists, Jim Meehan, or explore wines handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio."  We enjoyed champagne and a Bloody Mary.

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

5.  Food

Although the food was delicious, we found the number of food offerings at this location to not be as plentiful as at other Centurion Lounges.  Food at this lounge is planned by one of Zagat’s top 30 under 30 chefs, C├ędric Vongerichten.  The buffet was squeaky clean and service to collect your dishware.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

6. Restrooms

There is no difference here, except the restrooms are small and have the typical L'Occitane products.

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

7.  Amenities

Not as plentiful as other locations, computers, a printer, newspapers and magazines are available for you should you need them.  These are located near the entrance.  The video screens of security lines near the restrooms are a nice touch.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

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Bottom Line:

Although not the best Centurion Lounge, we still believe the lounges by American Express allow for the best meal experience of all with the exception of the Priority Pass Restaurant offerings of which there are 29 nationwide.  If you want a meal, first check if Priority Pass has a restaurant at your departure or arrival airport, and if not, head to any available Centurion Lounge.  If you just want to relax and have cocktails, the Centurion Lounge is probably your best option.  We certainly hope the rumors that this lounge will be moved and enlarged are true!

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Sometimes things like travel and vacations are entirely out of reach for many families financially.  LTD recommends that you make an effort to find things to do with your family.  What do we always wish we had more of? TIME! This is the GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE!

If you want to do something good for yourself and the people you love, a museum is a great experience! Here are 8 reasons why:

  1. Museums are a great source of pleasure
  2. Museums make you smarter
  3. Museums provide an effective way of learning
  4. Museums inspire
  5. Museums help bring change and development to communities
  6. Museums are a great way to spend time with friends and family
  7. Museums need your support in order to keep educating and inspiring people
  8. There is a museum close to you

Recently LTD decided to take a day in Charlotte, North Carolina to enjoy something local:  St. Patrick's day celebrations. a visit to the Mint Museum and visits with some of our most cherished friends.  The thing that we discovered at the end of our day?  Sometimes you don't need to go far away to experience meaningful travel!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Nominate your Favorite Teacher! Norwegian Cruise Line is Giving Away 15 Free Cruises to Teachers and More!

Last week Norwegian Cruise Line, announced the Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy campaign, developed to recognize and reward educators in the USA and Canada.

Nominate your Favorite Teacher! Norwegian Cruise Line is Giving Away 15 Free Cruises to Teachers

Ahead of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019) and the debut of the Norwegian Joy, NCL has started an AWESOME campaign that acknowledges and celebrates the intersection of travel and education by honoring deserving teachers that are doing the most to bring joy to their students.

Earn a FREE Hotel Room at Over 1000 Choice Hotels or Best Western!

Earn a free hotel stay with current promotions from two leading brands: Best Western and Choice Hotels.

Stay two separate times at a Choice hotel through April 26 to earn enough points to redeem for a future free night at more than 1,000 hotels worldwide.

Choice Hotel brands include:

  • Comfort Inn & Comfort Suites
  • Quality
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion
  • Cambria Hotels
  • MainStay Suites
  • Suburban
  • Econo Lodge
  • Rodeway Inn

Register for the Choice Hotel promotion here. If you’re not a Choice Privileges member yet, it’s easy to join and create a free account.

Allow 72 hours from check-out for the qualifying points to post to an account. Points acquired on stays at international locations and at some boutique hotels can take up to 20 days to post.

This works for Best Western too but the dates of the promotion are different.

Best Western Rewards members who register and complete 2 eligible stays now through April 14 at a Best Western branded hotel in the U.S., Canada or Caribbean will get a free future night stay.  There is a limit of one free night voucher per member and that voucher will expire 60 days after fulfillment (the expiration date will appear on the free night voucher).  Register for the Best Western promotion by clicking here.

The Free Night Voucher will be sent to the member’s email address about 2-3 weeks after the qualifying stays.

Not a Best Western Rewards member? Enroll free here.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Know Your Rights When Your Flight is Cancelled, Changed or even Delayed! Knowledge and Persistence Helps!

In the United States, airlines are not required to compensate passengers when flights are delayed or cancelled.  Compensation is required by U.S. law only when certain passengers are “bumped” from a flight that is oversold.  

You suddenly receive an email that your flight for this summer is cancelled.  The airline has automatically re booked you for the flight of their choosing.  Do you have to accept the new flight?  No - you have some, but not many rights according to the US Department of Transportation.

You might be surprised to find that, in the US no federal law or regulation specifies what, if any, rights you have when an airline cancels your flight.

Know Your Rights When Your Flight is Cancelled!  Knowledge and Persistence Helps!

With cancellations, your rights derive only from the airlines' contracts of carriage, and relevant principles of general contract law. Since no federal regulations apply, your rights are not uniform and will vary from airline to airline.

Friday, March 1, 2019