Skipping Lounges is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report.
I used to get to the lounge as early as possible (see Amex LAS Centurion Lounge: The Full Day Freeloader Review and AA Admirals Club JFK Gate 42: Here All Day) to capitalize on everything that is free. This was especially true if the airport had a Centurion Lounge. As of late, I have not done so. It may be blogger laziness (see Hangover = Blogger Malpractice?), but it has more to do with the decline in quality of lounges. Unless flying first, lounges are jam packed with people with few seating options and stale food choices.
I used to complain about Delta’s carrots and hummus (see Delta Sky Club Detroit Metro: This Again?), but now that criticism extends to lounges across the board. Perhaps it’s because everyone has an Amex Platinum (except me now, see Keep Vs. Cancel: Amex Platinum Charles Schwab). Perhaps it’s because everyone has at least one membership to Priority Pass. Whatever the reason, lounges no longer feel the need to provide the quality which they would provide if the lounges were more exclusive. That’s why on the way to Trinidad, I chose to arrive minutes before boarding and skip the lounge. Unlike before, I had zero regrets about doing so.
What about you? All day freeloader? Or skip it, it’s overrated?