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Lounge Review: British Airways Terraces Lounge Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Apologies in advance, but you’re going to get another Cathay Pacific first class flight review coming up…

I flew Cathay first class out of Chicago on the midnight departure. The only oneworld lounge open at this time was the British Airways Terraces Lounge, which is a business class lounge. So no first class lounge for people on the midnight departure.

Given that this was the midnight departure, the lounge is essentially all passengers on the Cathay Pacific flight, since there are no other oneworld flights departing at that time. This also means that some of the other amenities aren’t open, like the First Dining section (although that would likely be reserved for British Airways first class passengers anyway).

Entrance to the British Airways Terraces Lounge at ORD

Entrance to the British Airways Terraces Lounge at ORD

This lounge isn’t great. For one, there are no windows. This matters less when you arrive at 11pm for a midnight departure, but I can imagine this getting depressing if you’re there during the day. Second, the food options are pretty standard for a US international business class lounge, which means they’re relatively meager. It’s not a lounge where you’re going to fill up before your flight so you can go to sleep immediately upon takeoff.

Seating

Seating

More lounge seating

More lounge seating

Computer stations

Computer stations

In terms of food, there were some sandwiches, snack jars, soup, chips, and fruit. I believe because of the Cathay Pacific flight, they left a couple of bowls of instant noodles in the corner. But they weren’t even classier brands of instant noodles like Shin Black. They also have an average drink selection.

Drinks and snacks

Drinks and snacks

Drinks

Drinks

Snack mixes

Snack mixes

Fruit

Fruit

Hot soup

Hot soup

Attempts to appeal to Cathay passengers

Attempts to appeal to Cathay passengers

I will remark that the service in the lounge was good. There were people going around and cleaning up and making sure that people had what they needed. But otherwise, this lounge is nothing special and not worth getting to the airport any earlier than you need to for your departure.

Lounge Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD)

The AA ORD Flagship Lounge is a decent domestic lounge for US lounges: there’s some food and drinks, there’s usually a place to sit, the wifi is usable, and there are electrical outlets. But this lounge is clearly not up to par for international first class, or much less international business class lounges. I feel sorry for the JAL passengers who are used to the awesome JAL lounges in Japan and then get this lounge flying out of ORD.

The lounge is located near K19, which is near the end of the terminal.

Entrance to the Flagship Lounge

Entrance to the Flagship Lounge

My favorite place to sit in this lounge is in the former smoking room that’s now a quiet room. Even when the rest of the lounge is a little bit more crowded, this room usually doesn’t have many people in it, perhaps because you have to open a door to get inside.

Former smoking room/now quiet room

Former smoking room/now quiet room

View of seating out of the quiet room

View of seating out of the quiet room

There are a variety of food options, although nothing is terribly appealing. There’s usually fruit and vegetables, soup, cheese, crackers, desserts, and other appropriate items depending on the time of day (e.g. breakfast foods in the morning). When the JAL flights are departing, there will usually be some sushi, although I would not trust it. I really don’t understand when people get excited about lounge sushi in the US (people seem to love the lounge sushi in the United First Class Lounge at SFO, but it’s really not good…).

Crudites and sandwiches

Crudites and sandwiches

Hot soup

Hot soup

More food

More food

Desserts

Desserts

There’s an extensive self-serve alcohol selection, but I really don’t know anything about alcohol, so I can’t tell you how good or bad it is. I just know that there are a lot of bottles.

Alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages

Drinks, fruit, snack mixes

Drinks, fruit, snack mixes

One small pet peeve about this lounge is that there are no showers. If you want to take a shower, you need to go to the regular Admirals Club. The closest one is at the intersection of the H and K gates.

Overall, there’s not too much remarkable about the lounge. The lounge agents are generally very friendly and helpful, but the lounge itself is a little tired-looking, and the amenities on offer are sparse compared to non-US international first class lounges.