Going Back to the SilverKris Lounge in T3
I very rarely - if ever - am able to get upgraded on SQ. So it's not very often that I get access into the SilverKris Lounge given that SQ reserves that for first and business class only, deferring all others to the lowly KrisFlyer Gold lounge. And United, with whom I am flying with today, always gives you a voucher to the even more plebeian SATS Premier lounge next door to that.
Yet somehow it never dawned on me until recently that I didn't have to be flying SQ in order to get access to the SilverKris Lounge. I just needed to be flying some form of Star Alliance Business Class. When I last figured this out on an upgraded Lufthansa ticket, I was in Changi Terminal 2, which was of course still the older terminal. Today, while on an upgraded United ticket, I was in Terminal 3, so I made my way into that posh marble-laden lounge that I had only visited once before.
And it reminded me of how much of a step up this was compared to those other two lounges, both in terms of decor as well as the food spread, which was multiple times larger here, including a decent cheese selection. Even the porridge bowls were gigantic here compared to the tiny little things that they provide elsewhere. Sure, the taste was unappealingly bland, but I'd much rather come here than that SATS Premier lounge, assuming that United continues to clear my upgrade requests, that is.