Breaking Down Two Mileage Runs for 30,000 EQMs to get AA Executive Platinum
Getting a Chinese Visa
Planning a Mileage Run to Shanghai
Vegetarian Economy Meals on American Airlines
Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Shanghai
Eating in Shanghai
Getting a Chinese Massage aka Tui Na
First Class Lounge (No. 69) Shanghai Pudong PVG
Concluding Thoughts on My Mileage Run to Shanghai
From checking the Priority Pass app, I knew that there were a number of lounges that I could access through Priority Pass at the Shanghai Pudong airport, but only one of them was said to have showers, so that is where I went, the First Class Lounge No. 69 (the 69 refers to the gate that’s nearest).
Upon entering the lounge, my first order of business was taking a shower as I had been out walking all day in Shanghai prior to getting to the airport. There are two shower rooms, one for men and one for women. The shower room for men smelled like cigarette smoke, and it was a little on the dirty side, but it wasn’t so bad that I felt like I needed to shower again after using it.
After showering, I went into the main part of the lounge. Ostensibly, there are two different seating areas, one for first class and one for business class, but there’s no one policing the two sides, and they looked identical to me.
The lounge was a little crowded, but there were still plenty of places to sit. I scoped out the food options, and it seemed like there was an okay selection for a Priority Pass lounge, but it was unimpressive by international premium passenger lounge standards. I didn’t partake in anything since I was still stuffed from eating in Shanghai.
One thing that I did partake in was the massage chairs. There were two massage chairs in the lounge, and it felt good to sit in them and get massaged, particularly after my soreness from my Chinese massage the day before.
Ultimately, the biggest problem I had with the lounge was the wifi, or lack thereof. I couldn’t manage to get the wifi to work (or else it was just so slow that I was too impatient to get it to work), which was a little frustrating.
Overall, a decent lounge, and I’m not going to complain about getting the opportunity to take a shower and sit in a massage chair.