Even though I had my United-generated boarding pass for the Singapore Airlines portion, I checked in with them in Terminal 4 just to get Singapore’s “properly” branded boarding pass and the lounge invitation. The flight was scheduled on-time and with my early arrival on United, I had more than enough time to check out both the Swiss lounge and contracted, non-airline-specific Oasis lounge.
First stop was the Swiss lounge, for which I had access as a Star Alliance Gold cardholder. It’s outside of security just beyond the check-in aisles and the first indication I wasn’t going to be impressed was the tiny reception area. With a couple of people already standing at the counter, I had to stand in the doorway and ended up stepping back out several times just to allow people to exit.
Once my credentials were checked, I made my way inside to the right (first class was to the left), which opened up to a dining area with table seating and a row of barstool seating along the windows overlooking the tarmac. This area had the main buffet spread and items included salads, pasta, rice, a chicken dish and more.
I grabbed a snack and sat along the windows for a bit before heading over to the main seating area further inside the lounge. Before getting up, I snapped a pic of the self-serve bar area to my left, which had a couple of Swiss aircraft models sitting up top – too far away for me to snag one to take. 😉
You pass a row of magazines and newspapers, and the restrooms, on the way to the fairly sizable seating area with leather chairs. It was absolutely packed, but I did manage to get an empty seat just vacated to sit down for a bit. Another self-serve bar area was located nearby with the usual selection of lounge beverages. Each side of this section, if I recall correctly, had televisions. While there was staff clearing old glassware and plates, it was just too busy to keep up, which made for a cluttered and negative impression.
By this point (15 minutes total), I decided to head over to the Oasis lounge to see if it was more serene and on my way out, I did notice a door near the restrooms that was labeled “Shower,” so there is at least one shower room. A small business center was opposite the restrooms. Had this lounge been less crowded, I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more.
The Oasis lounge was also located pre-security along the same windows facing the tarmac, but at the opposite end of the terminal. I handed over my invitation and then noticed china hutches flanking the nearby walls filled with glassware and other items I thought were strange for an airport lounge. More airplane models were out of reach atop.
Wood floors, multi-colored leather chairs, plants scattered about and patio umbrellas gave this spacious lounge a tropical feel, deserving of the Oasis name. It’s definitely larger than the Swiss lounge. The single buffet area included items such as wraps, rolls, sandwich wedges, vegetables, chips and hot items of rice, steamed veggies and some type of chicken dish. A complete range of beverages was also available.
There are several unique seating areas and I chose a seat along the windows.
One end of the lounge just beyond the buffet area had table and stool seating, then opened up to a television and business center area.
The other end of the lounge had a unique room with a faux fireplace that sort of seemed like a combo between a family room, den and strangely, a dining room with a long wood table.
The men’s room was rather small and I did see door labeled “Shower room” in this lounge, as well.
While the lounge did fill up, there’s just a lot more space, so I enjoyed myself here in comparison to the Swiss lounge. Wi-Fi required a code, which the front desk provides. I left the lounge well more than an hour before departure to leave enough time for security and capture additional pics and video of my A380 I watched towed into the gate while inside the lounge.
Up next: SQ Flight 25 in Business Class JFK-FRA.