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golby_04

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Hi,

Silly question but does emirates used boarding passes like Qantas or like receipts that you get from coles or woolworths (Jetstar boarding passes).

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EK is a full service carrier (their first and possibly even business is better than QF for example). So proper boarding passes. They also have nice cardboard lounge invitations (not necessary at airports where they have their own lounge).
 

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Just re the "nice card invitations", at the Cyprus Airways lounge in LCA I was given a card invitation to the lounge when travelling on BA in Club Europe. What was strange was that they were reused invitations - and looking a little dog eared at the corners.

I have always wondered why they give out the invites some times. I guess its easier to have a standard process but as a OW Saphirre I have three ways of proving access to the lounge - AA card, BP and invite (four if you include my QF card). It seems a little environmentally unfriendly to print all these little cards...
 

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simongr said:
I have always wondered why they give out the invites some times. I guess its easier to have a standard process but as a OW Saphirre I have three ways of proving access to the lounge - AA card, BP and invite (four if you include my QF card). It seems a little environmentally unfriendly to print all these little cards...
With contracted lounges that provide access to many airline's passengers, it is easier for the check-in staff to determine lounge access benefits and provide a pass to the passenger, rather than have the lounge staff needing to know and understand the lounge access rules for all the airlines that may use that lounge.

Just look at how often some OneWorld airlines make mistakes regarding lounge access benefits (BA comes to mind) and have to refer to laminated cheap cards to see if your particular FF card is acceptable. That process would be much harder for a contract lounge and may put the lounge staff is the difficult position of needing to refuse entry to ineligible people. With the pass provided at check-in, they can just refer the passengers back to the check-in or transfer desk staff to obtain their invitation.
 
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Yup - invite cards are quite common in asia where contract lounges widely used (and a single lounge may be used by a dozen or more airlines - difficult for their staff to keep track of all the intricacies of access rules). Much easier for them to just ask for the invite. Don't have it then you can't get in.
 
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