Ah, the Frequent Flyer club. It's the fastest way to express to a long queue of disgruntled in-transiters that Loyalty really does equal Royalty in life. Air New Zealand's rewards are second-to-none for their monogamous Star Alliance affiances - I know that no matter where I 'lounge' in the world, whether it be Los Angeles, Sydney, Auckland, London or Hong Kong, that I will be treated to true kiwi hospitality. From the polished interiors with accents true of our homeland, to the free barista coffee, to luxury amenities and gorgeous homeland wines on hand at all times - every lounge not only provides consistency but a touch of home. As soon as you sink into one of the sofas with your first glass of Pinot and plate of Kapiti cheeses, you'll forget about those awful plastic chairs you had to suffer in a previous life... it's enough to make anybody loathe to board the plane you came here for!