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    Default New MBJ Lounge for departures

    Hi everyone,

    Just returned from CSS and thought I would let you all know about the new Mobay Lounge at the airport.

    For just 30$ each you can while away a couple of hours here before sadly going home, but I must say its good value for money. Really new, air conditioned and plush, it provides all beverages and snacks inc in the rate as well as wifi and internet, spa, showers and the normal facilities. If you travel business or upper class you can access this facility for free. Alternatively, pre-purchase your access in advance by buying at the resort. Its really good value and takes the heat out of those last few hours in paradise.

    Barry & Carole, Exeter UK

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    Bazza - you were one step ahead of me with this. I have seen the lounge and would not hesitate to pay the fee if I have a few hours to kill before my flight. Here are the details:

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    UNIQUELY JAMAICAN
    In addition to offering amenities rivaling the finest airport lounges worldwide, Club Mobay provides a unique way for guests to immerse themselves in Jamaica’s heritage and culture while enjoying its conveniences. Jamaica… a Journey takes visitors on journey through Jamaica’s heritage with the aid of cultural displays and artifacts. Through this exhibit, commissioned exclusively for Club Mobay, visitors will leave with an appreciation of cultural icons, historical events, musicians and politicians and the important role they played in shaping today’s Jamaica.

    OPENING HOURS: Open everyday from 7 AM to 10 PM.

    AMENITIES:

    •Complimentary non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
    •Complimentary snacks
    •Free Unlimited WiFi
    •Fully equipped business centre
    •Culturally themed Kids Corner
    •Express spa treatments
    •Shower facilities
    •Fast Track Access through security and immigration

    ACCESS:
    •Priority Pass members
    •Airport Angel members
    •Diner's Club members
    •Business/ First Class passengers of partner airlines
    •Club Mobay annual pass holders
    •Club Mobay ticket holders

    LOCATION: Located between Gate 9 and Red Stripe Restaurant in
    the Departure Terminal at Sangster International Airport.

    WEBSITE: www.vipattractions.com

    Imagine escaping from the stress and chaos of security lines and crowded departure halls to a sanctuary where you can relax, unwind or catch up with the office, all while immersed in warm Jamaican hospitality and culture. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, Club Mobay’s lounge experience enhanced with an unrivaled visual journey through Jamaica’s history provides the perfect place to unwind before departure.

    The 10,000 square foot lounge affords you the space to enjoy a premium bar featuring of course, Red Stripe Beer, complimentary snack bar, high-speed Internet access, shower facilities, and culturally themed specialty rooms. World-renowned Jamaican third world hospitality and charm meet first world innovation at Club Montego Bay, entrance located beside Departure Gate 9.

    STATE-OF-THE-ART LOUNGE
    Experience luxurious Jamaican decor in a spacious, air-conditioned lounge featuring a cutting edge business centre.

    Relax in practical and stylish furniture while reading from a wide selection of international magazines or newspapers. Enjoy the best of duty free shopping from the comfort of your chair with complimentary concierge duty free shopping. Let your kids loose in the sound proof “ Kiddie Corner” where they will safely enjoy games and activities, all while visible, through its innovative design, from main area, offering you peace of mind.

    FIRST CLASS AMENITIES
    Enjoy high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the lounge via your own device or on one of our computers in the state of the art business center. Grab a bite to eat from our refreshing complimentary snack bar. Pamper yourself with one of the express treatments available from the spa.

    FAST-TRACK AIRLINE SERVICES
    Upon arrival, lounge guests are greeted by world-class, specially trained customer service personnel charged with ensuring the utmost comfort and service for each guest. After basking in the services of the lounge, Club guests are accorded a personal escort to the departure gate where they will receive preferential, fast track access through security before arrival at the departure gate.
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    Couples Resorts

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    Dumb ?
    Will my Continental One Pass membership be available here?

    CSA 2009, 2014 [20th anniversary]
    CSS 2010
    CN 2011

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    Lounge looks very nice. I am wondering where others are waiting for their flights though because since the new departure area has been added at Sangster we have never been without air conditioning while waiting for our flights.
    We tend to have a meal and a Red Stripe at the Margaritaville while we wait and it has always been pleasantly cool.
    It there still a un-airconditioned part of the departure area?

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    I hope to have quit by the time I come back to CSA in December but if not, does this lounge include a smoking area?

    Thanks!
    Jo

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    Love it cant wait till Dec
    Randi & Sherri
    (Pork Chop)

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    Question
    I am a priority pass holder and am very interested in the fast track airline service.

    I assume to get to the lounge, you need to go through immigration and security.

    So does this just provide you faster access through the gate security and not the main security.

    Thanks for any info.

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    Randymon,
    Is it true like Bazza said, we can purchase these lounge tickets at CSS before we head for the airport?

    Thanks for all you do!!!!
    suzyQ

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    The article tells you who can use the lounge without a charge, by flying business or 1st class on partner airlines is one way. How do you find out what the partner airlines are? We are flying with Delta. Great way to relax a little before your flight back to the real world.

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    I am a Priority pass holder with American Airlines. Is American Airlines a partner airline?

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    I cant wait to use the lounge. I have heard very good things about it! It looks beautiful!

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    We have seen many changes at CTI over the past 16 years. Some of those improvements range from new paint, new chairs and tables in the main dining room, painting it, I think twice, re-doing The Verandah, new furniture in all the rooms, new drapes, new beach chair cushions, especially the ones on TI. They were made of some mesh material and filled with styrofoam pieces. Just about all the styrofoam had been pulverized with long time usage and gave as much cushioning as two pieces of tissue paper.

    There were more changes or improvements that took place, and each one seemed to always top the last one. We continued to be amazed each time something new appeared.

    Naturally, the latest improvements are absolutely stunning. Then the new dock at TI, new pontoon boat, "Island Time" blew everyone away. And now, the new lounge at Montego Bay for departing guests. Couples continues to stride forward in order to give their guests, simply put, the finest of everything. Start to finish. Our aging hostess, my lady by the cove, has joined the 21st century, and then some. Constantly striving to offer their guests,not only a most memorable vacation, but an experience that will keep them talking about it for a long time.

    Thank you very much "Couples" for this latest gift at Sangster airport. From start to finish, again, you have left nothing out in the way of pleasing each and every person. The new lounge is probably not the last thing the four sisters have in store. I guess we will just have to keep coming back to be overwhelmed and surprised some more. It's going to take something pretty special to top this one. But we all know they will.

    Richie

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    If you go to the website mentioned in Randy's post then go to Mobay Club it will tell you alot. Seems like none of the partner airlines are from USA most from Europe. But still sounds like it's worth the $.

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    Oops, meant to say to go club tab and then go to access, that will tell you the partner airlines.

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    Is Delta a partner airline? We have been flying business class for the last several trips. What about the smoking question?

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    Check out the website Randymon has for more info on Airline partners and there is no smoking in the lounge.

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    Here are some answers directly from the operator of the lounge:

    1. Dumb ?
    Will my Continental One Pass membership be available here?

    Unfortunately, it does not allow entry as Continental have not joined up yet. Continental and United airlines emerges and these type of decisions have not come around yet. Perhaps, if you guest writes to the Continental frequent flyers club it may speed them up in joining?



    2.Lounge looks very nice. I am wondering where others are waiting for their flights though because since the new departure area has been added at Sangster we have never been without air conditioning while waiting for our flights.
    We tend to have a meal and a Red Stripe at the Margaritaville while we wait and it has always been pleasantly cool.
    It there still a un-airconditioned part of the departure area?

    The beauty of the VIP lounge is that you can go in have a red stripe and a meal the same as previous times, in a totally air conditioned facility. The big advantage with Club Mobay is that the seating is very comfortable, uncrowded luxurious surroundings and if you want to kill some time by having an express spa treatment or a few minutes on the internet in the business center – it is all in the same location. In addition to this one must realise that if one has access to a Club Mobay pass they get access to the fast track through immigration and security – so that you get to Club Mobay an hour faster !

    3. I hope to have quit by the time I come back to CSA in December but if not, does this lounge include a smoking area?

    Club Mobay has applied to build a small extension to its existing facility which will allow smoking. They hope to get permission for this next week and will then have the room available by mid August.


    4. I am a priority pass holder and am very interested in the fast track airline service.
    I assume to get to the lounge, you need to go through immigration and security. Yes

    So does this just provide you faster access through the gate security and not the main security. {what is gate and what is main security ?} … fast track allows quick access to immigration and security


    One can purchase a Club Mobay ticket at the hotel or at the sales desk in the airport. Once you have a Club Mobay ticket you get the fast track through immigration and security. This avoids the long line and wait. The good news is that Priority Pass is one of Club Mobays partners and as a result on presentation of the Priority card you will get a Club Mobay ticket which will entitle you to the fast tack and entry to the lounge.

    Couples Resorts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crabracer View Post
    . . . .And now, the new lounge at Montego Bay for departing guests. Couples continues to stride forward in order to give their guests, simply put, the finest of everything . . . . Thank you very much "Couples" for this latest gift at Sangster airport. From start to finish, again, you have left nothing out in the way of pleasing each and every person.
    Richie
    I think you misinterpreted the original post and Randymon's reply. The lounge is not provided by Couples Resorts. It's available to anyone, regardless of the resort at which they stayed, for a fee and is free for business and first class passengers of partner airlines.
    Pamela
    I know everything, and I'm always right (just ask my husband).

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    Can someone elaborate on the "snacks" available in the new departure lounge.... Can you get a meal or a sandwich there or is it more like chips and cookies?

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    Who is the Priority Pass through? We have had Delta Priority and Holiday Inn Priority. Is Club MoBay something different.

    Just a hint here, I am thinking another perk for the upper level of Couples return program. Just putting an idea out there. Hint, hint, wink, wink. I always thought Couples should have a departure lounge anyway. Nothing like leaving a beautiful resort that has been free of children to sit and wait for a flight while you listen to kids whine and their parents yelling at them. Ah, back to reality.
    Vicky

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    Can anyone tell me what a Priority Pass is? Is it for any specific airline? We belong to Delta Skymiles Club but don't see anything about priority pass. Thanks for any answers.

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    Maybe a future repeaters perk???

    Life is good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamela View Post
    I think you misinterpreted the original post and Randymon's reply. The lounge is not provided by Couples Resorts. It's available to anyone, regardless of the resort at which they stayed, for a fee and is free for business and first class passengers of partner airlines.
    Not only that but if you go to the website and read what is available in the lounge, they have a state of the art play area for the children. So BIG hint there that it's not provided by Couples. But as with the links between MoBay and Negril or OR, just one more piece of information that Randy is giving us.
    Vicky

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    Hi All - I found this in a press release:

    Club Mobay will be offered free of charge to business and first class passengers of partner airlines such as Air Jamaica, Caribbean Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air Berlin and Condor.

    Passengers will also be able to pay for one time access at $30 USD for adults and $15 USD for children 12 and under, while children 2 years and under will be admitted free of cost. Located in the departure terminal between gate 9 and the RedStripe Café, the lounge will be open from 7 AM to 11 PM daily.


    I know someone on the thread mentioned American Airlines - fyi they already have a club in MBJ if you have membership - or you can buy a day pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach-bum View Post
    Maybe a future repeaters perk???

    Life is good
    I like the way you think, Beach-bum.

    Randy, I think this should be a topic of converstion at your next operations meeting. What do you think?
    Happy & Safe Travels!

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