Late last week I flew on a long-haul flight from Los Angeles to Jakarta on Singapore Airlines with 2 layovers in Tokyo Narita and Singapore.
I managed to book my flights using a combination of points redemption and upgrades which had cost me around $1,300 for a round-trip LAX-CGK-LAX in SQ Business Class, where the actual price tag for these seats usually comes at around USD $6,000-$8,000 if you were to purchase it without using a combination of points and miles. So it is fair to say I had a pretty good deal to fly on a 23-hour flight in one of the best business class seats in air travel… (Blog on how I did this will be published shortly).
Flying in Business class gives you access to the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at LAX and I have to say it was a much nicer lounge than the Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX.
Star Alliance also has a First Class lounge at LAX for first class passengers and SQ PPS Club Members.
I have always loved early morning flights (my flight was at 9 AM and I arrived at the airport just before 7 AM), there was less traffic to deal with and you can go through the check-in process and TSA check-points in such a breeze as the LAX International Terminal usually don’t get busy until after 9am. And of course being there so early in the morning, there were hardly anyone at the lounge, it was a real zen moment for me.