Review: Air China First Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport

Introduction: Whirlwind Trip to Asia
Review: American Airlines (A321) Economy Class Dallas to Charlotte
Review: American Airlines (A320) Economy Class Charlotte to Boston
Review: Holiday Inn Express and Suites – Boston Garden
Review: United Club – Logan International Airport
Review: United Airlines (777-200) Business Class Newark to Beijing
Review: Air China Business Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: BGS Premier Business Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: Singapore Airlines (777-300ER) Business Class Beijing to Singapore
Review: SilverKris Business Class Lounge – Singapore Changi Airport
Review: SilkAir (737-800) Business Class Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
Review: Renaissance Hotel – Kuala Lumpur
Out and About in Kuala Lumpur
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Review: SilkAir (A319) Economy Class Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Review: JW Marriott Hotel – Singapore South Beach
Review: The Private Room – Singapore Changi Airport
Review: Singapore Airlines (A380-800) Suites Class Singapore to Beijing
Review: Air China First Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: United Airlines (777-300ER) Business Class Beijing to San Francisco
Review: American Express Centurion Lounge – San Francisco International Airport
Review: United Airlines (757-200) First Class San Francisco to Newark
Review: United Airlines Classified Restaurant – Newark Liberty International Airport
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I hustled off of my flight from Singapore because I had a little more than an hour to make my connection to San Francisco. I did not need the same immigration issues as before. Well, guess what? I still had issues. I went to the transfer counter and was sent away by a rude officer screaming that he needed a paper boarding pass. When I asked why he could not take the mobile boarding pass and he screamed, ‘paper’! 😂 chill out guy.

I get the United Airlines paper boarding pass and go back to the same guy at the transfer desk. I walk up and he closes the gate. Are you freaking kidding me?! He pointed to the next guy who just sat down. The three people behind me jumped me into that queue. I do not take well to disrespect, but I needed to get home so I did not make a scene in the airport. I do not know what the issue is, but a majority of the people that I encountered during my time in China were very rude.

I finally got through the transfer desk and walked down some stairs to the transfer security checkpoint. There were two lines that wrapped around the stairs. It took me about 30 minutes to process through the security checkpoint. At this point, I wanted to get into the First Class lounge to record, at the very least, a video.

The lounge was located in Terminal 3 (the same terminal that I was departing). I took the escalator up to the second floor. Since I was arriving from Singapore in First (Suites) Class, I presented that boarding pass. The agent told me that I would not be able to gain access with this pass. She asked for my onward boarding pass. I provided it and she stated that since it was in United Airlines’ Business (Polaris) Class that I would need to make my way to the Air China Business Class Lounge at the other end of the terminal. I did not have time for that. Randomly, I asked, ‘is this a Priority Pass lounge?’ She stated that it was and I just needed to show my card. Luckily, I learned my lesson from last time so I had the card with me. A few seconds later, I was in the lounge.

The lounge’s layout was identical to the Air China Business Class Lounge that I visited a few days prior. Here is the video walk through of the lounge:

Final Word

The lounge was large enough to accommodate a small army. I appreciated the hot food options and the self-serve bar. The fact that the first class lounge was a Priority Pass lounge surprised me. After a few minutes, I made my way to the gate for my next flight.

 

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