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# 249242 2-May-2019 11:10
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Seems that I'll be travelling between Auckland and Wellington pretty regularly now so I'm looking at joining the Koru Club.  However the airline I fly with will be dependent on availability, so it might be that one flight is Jetstar and another is AirNZ.  Is it possible to access Koru Club on the days I will be flying with Jetstar?  The website seems to indicate no, but I think I trust user experiences a bit more at this stage...


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  # 2229292 2-May-2019 11:10
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  # 2229295 2-May-2019 11:11
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No

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  # 2229297 2-May-2019 11:14
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Dumb, is there any other option on a day I'm flying with Jetstar where I don't have to be stuck in the crappy departure lounge?  Mainly looking for ways around screwing up my broken back any more than it already is on travel days.


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  # 2229309 2-May-2019 11:28
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I wouldn't pay full price for Koru. It's chocker full of people now who have their credit cards and get free passes and stuff. Auckland domestic lounge kind of sucks. Waaaay to small to handle peak times. I often walk straight back out when its around the sort of 5-7pm time frame. Wellington domestic is better, still gets busy, but don't struggle for a seat and it just feels nicer to be in than Auckland.

 

I think Auckland airport has their own lounge called Strata? But unsure if that's in the domestic terminal, I've never seen it if it is!

 

Just limit your time in the airport. When living in Wellington I had my morning routine timed perfectly to simply walk in to the airport, go through security, get a coffee and get on the plane. If flying Air NZ, ask to get flexitime tickets. They aren't that much dearer, but it means when you are heading home you can check flights during the drive to the airport and grab the closest one possible. Hopefully you only have carry on.


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  # 2229315 2-May-2019 11:34
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Im not sure i would get Koru if I'm just travelling between the three main centres.

 

I dont and pretty much all my flights involve changing planes and the frequency of delayed flights had meant Koru has paid for itself many times.

 

 

 

I find the business types who are unlikely to be flying on credit card vouchers to be the more annoying loungers. Prattling on their cell phones in loud voices...


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  # 2229318 2-May-2019 11:38
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gehenna:

 

Dumb, is there any other option on a day I'm flying with Jetstar where I don't have to be stuck in the crappy departure lounge?  Mainly looking for ways around screwing up my broken back any more than it already is on travel days.

 

 

Gate lounge is more relaxing than Koru most of the time.

 

Auckland in just a cramped loud boozy bar every week day evening and Wellington right now is a shambles with two temporary lounges and a chokka regional lounge now that people have discovered it.

 

 


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  # 2229320 2-May-2019 11:40
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I find the business types who are unlikely to be flying on credit card vouchers to be the more annoying loungers. Prattling on their cell phones in loud voices...

 

 

Families with kids are far far worse than someone on their phone.

 

Kids shouldn't be allowed in Koru at all.


 
 
 
 


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Families with kids are far far worse than someone on their phone.

 

Kids shouldn't be allowed in Koru at all.

 

 

Should be people who can't control their kids shouldn't be allowed

 

I've taken my 4 year old throughout his life with me into lounges and he is very well behaved.


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dt:

 

chevrolux:

 

Families with kids are far far worse than someone on their phone.

 

Kids shouldn't be allowed in Koru at all.

 

 

Should be people who can't control their kids shouldn't be allowed

 

I've taken my 4 year old throughout his life with me into lounges and he is very well behaved.

 

 

I agree. The problem is simply those who feel it's ok (or who are allowed) to behave inappropriately in such a space - whether it be an annoying kid running around or a boorish business person yelling into their phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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dt:

 

Should be people who can't control their kids shouldn't be allowed

 

I've taken my 4 year old throughout his life with me into lounges and he is very well behaved.

 

 

Ditto my two, who are more than capable of quietly enjoying the facilities and catering without causing any problem to other users

 

People shouldn't project their own standards of child control onto others

 

The classic nuisance I saw in a lounge was a middle-aged "business woman" having a loud, prolonged facetime conversation on an ipad while helping herself to food and moving around the lounge.  Wouldn't have been so bad if she had thought to use headphones


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  # 2229501 2-May-2019 14:54
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Yea that's fair I suppose, you don't notice the quiet kids. But as usual, the few ruin it for the many.

 

The classic nuisance I saw in a lounge was a middle-aged "business woman" having a loud, prolonged facetime conversation on an ipad while helping herself to food and moving around the lounge.  Wouldn't have been so bad if she had thought to use headphones

 

Actually yea that's one... you can barely have a normal conversation let alone using bloody facetime.

 

Anyway.. off topic... So OP, still want that membership? Haha


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  # 2229777 2-May-2019 21:50
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My Koru fee is paid for by work. I wouldn't pay $100 of my own money for it. The kids aren't the problem in my experience. The worst behaved are the sort of plebs (typically in shorts and Hawaiin shirts about to travel to the Pacific islands) who think discovering the Koru lounge means they've "made it" somehow and proceed to make a mess everywhere, talk and eat loudly, and generally behave like total idiots. The other fundamental problem is that the lounges are way too obnoxiously full. In Auckland, in particular, I find it way more relaxing to be out in the general areas.

 

 

 

 




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  # 2230097 3-May-2019 12:36
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So OP, still want that membership? Haha

 

 

I just want a way to avoid having to have three physio sessions and a mountain of drugs after I've been travelling for a week over a month.  Looks like that's out of the question in NZ airports.  


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  # 2230106 3-May-2019 12:46
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We have been Gold Elite for a few years now and lately we have not been using the Koru Lounges. With the upgrades many of public lounges in airports have gone through in some cases the public lounges are nicer places to be in. The Food choices are better, the coffee is better(Auckland excluded) and the toilets are better especially for wheel chair access. We were thinking about this recently and the only advantage we feel is good is the later check in (good for my wife she is always running late), better seats on board and priority delivery of our bags etc but that is often negated by the round about trip I need to take to get to baggage collect.

 

Would we buy it? no, if we continue to qualify we will keep it but lately we have been looking at alternatives to AirNZ.





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  # 2230108 3-May-2019 12:48
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I don't see how a Koru lounge is going to help you with that. The seats in the gate lounges aren't that terrible are they?

 


Compared to an airline seat anyway - I would have thought the plane trips would be worse for your back than the half hour waiting for the plane.

 

For domestic - arrive an hour before (or even less with carry on), check in already done, go through security, go to gate, almost ready to hop on plane. You could sit out in the restaurant area just outside security (in AKL anyway) till shortly before boarding (checking the size of the security queue).


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