Paris Marathon 2015 – American Airlines Admirals Club LaGuardia

Paris Marathon 2015 – American Airlines Admirals Club LaGuardia

So earlier in 2014, I unknowingly signed up for an early drawing for the Paris Marathon. I thought I was entering into a free entry to the Paris Marathon but I found out weeks later that I had gotten in and that it was just a drawing for a slot to run it. I thought about it for a few days before signing up (and paying) for the marathon.

Sometime in October before the race in April 2015, I saw a deal on The Flight Deal to Paris, but it originates out of Newark. I tried to price it out of Boston but it was substantially higher so I bought the ticket out of Newark. I was going to be there for a week anyway and I would need to take the following Monday off. Marathons usually end around noon and the last flight back to the United States from most of Europe is before noon (it is later out of London but it would take me a few hours to get there) so if you are running a European marathon, you would need to fly back home Monday anyway. Iceland is one of the exceptions since it was on a Saturday and there are late afternoon flights back to the US anyway.

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I flew into JFK the night before and slept at my parents place for a night before my flight to Paris out of Newark through Chicago. On the way back, I had book a Jetblue flight back to Boston. It was really tricky since if I got delayed on my Paris flight, I would lose my Jetblue flight.

So how did I end up in LaGuardia? Well I got a message early Saturday morning that my flight to Chicago was cancelled. I quickly called American Airlines and they told me that I had been rebooked on the LGA-ORD flight and I got to keep my upgrade. That flight was pretty empty anyway and it was a bit easier to get to LGA than to Newark since it avoided the toll on the Verazano.

This was the first time I flew out of LaGuardia. I actually worked at a Brookstone kiosk way back in high school at LaGuardia, but never flew out of there. The terminal American Airlines flies out of is actually pretty nice. They had finished some renovations so much of the terminal and the Admirals Club was pretty new. Below are the pictures from the lounge. My flight was 8am on a Saturday morning, so needless to say, it was empty. The lounge itself is quite a bit brighter than the picture appears. It was so bright outside that it was difficult to take pictures of the lounge. My camera tried its best.

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Most of the furniture in the lounge looked very new, unlike many of the lounges with almost worn out furniture. Their food offering was on par with the other lounges. It had some snacks, fruit, coffee, and tea. They had a “full service” food counter separate from the bar where you can get sandwiches, premium juices/smoothies/drinks, sushi and other snacks.

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They had a small business are that faces the gate area, which is pretty nice. You can see planes coming and going, but at 8am Saturday, there were no planes on that side of the terminal.

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The Admirals Club also has a great view of the American Airlines hangar. I am not sure if it still rocks the old logo though.

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