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  • Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone | July 6, 2015 11:33 AM ET

    Loafing at the Lounge

    Loafing at the Lounge

    I have a confession to make: Until I went to Jamaica, I’d never stepped foot in an airport lounge.

    Sure, I’d read about them, looked at pictures of them, scanned the lists of amenities, but much in the way one would read about Hogwarts: with longing and impossibility, knowing it was only for the privileged few.

    That’s why I found it incredibly exciting when I first learned about Club MoBay — a public access but private first-class lounge and fast-track immigrations/security service at the Montego Bay airport — when I joined Travel Impressions. It sounded too good to be true. Eleven thousand unfathomable feet of space! Free phone calls! Shower facilities and for-fee massages! Complimentary bar and snacks! All for a truly nominal fee.

    Right from first glance, Club MoBay immediately impressed. Glass doors opened into a sanctuary past an enclosed business center with times around the world nodding to the needs of the global traveler. Three big lounge rooms — including one designated quiet lounge and a family lounge closer to the sound-proofed, well-equipped children’s play area—were furnished with comfortable couches, televisions, tables, and a display of up-to-the-minute flight activity. In each room was a buffet of hot and cold treats, from Jamaican beef patties to cookies and packaged snacks like plantain chips and cereal. Finger sandwiches, sushi, and soup added international flair, and signature drinks were served from a cool white bar, illuminated in blue.

    I ignored my travel companion in favor of the free Wi-Fi access and complimentary reading material, sat back, and thought to myself, 'what a way to travel.' For less than the cost of a transfer at some destinations, I extended my vacation by three more precious hours by relaxing in comfort in this excellent lounge away from the crowds, noisy garbled intercoms, and airport food. “Let’s get together and feel all right,” indeed. Never had I ever been less eager to get on my flight.

    Now with Jamaica as TI’s Supplier of the Month, this experience gets even better with a BOGO promotion that makes it sorely tempting to go back to that island right this instant: buy one admission, get the second at 50 percent off! Our Supplier of the Month page on the Travel Impressions website has more details, making VIP the only status to have at such great savings on what is already an affordable luxury.

    This BOGO half off deal also applies to other vacation enhancements, such as a canopy zipline tour from any city on the island; it gets even better with BOGO free for a catamaran cruise to Dunn’s River Falls or a Dreamer Snorkel and Sail cruise from Montego Bay, Negril, and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts. The travel window for all is through Dec. 15 of this year, but to take advantage of the Dreamer tour, get there before the first.

    No matter when you decide to travel, they have to be booked by the end of July, though (as our Supplier of the Month), and must be pre-reserved. There’s a short blackout period around Thanksgiving, from Nov. 21-29, for all of these offers, but that’s standard for that time of year.

    Regardless of when your customers decide to go, June is the time to book for sure. With an agent incentive of a $50 American Express Gift Cheque applicable for bookings of three or more nights; savings on adventure and activity in the jungles beyond while you’re there; hundreds of villas and resorts to choose from; and VIP treatment that extends beyond your stay at Club MoBay, I’m going to go ahead and quote Ziggy Marley and say, “Take me to Jamaica,” the one and only “Home of All Right.”


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Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone Making Lasting Impressions

Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone With experience in both advertising/marketing copywriting and editorial journalism, multiple-award-winning writer Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone’s passion for words is exceeded only by her love of travel. As communications manager for Travel Impressions, she uses that diverse background to create a unique bridge between marketing and storytelling, whether it’s used to share her excitement for Travel Impressions’ latest deals and agent-oriented programs and incentives or for new destinations and suppliers that inspire.
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