It was an amazing week in Thailand leaving behind the stress and hassle from work. Sadly, the time to return back home has arrived. On the way back to Korea, I booked a full-fare Malaysia Airlines ticket in economy class as I could not see any award openings both in business and economy cabins.
There were a couple of airlines on my mind to fly back to Korea but I narrowed down my decision to Vietnam Airlines and Malaysia Airlines eventually, booking the latter. I was excited when I checked the aircraft operating turned out to be Airbus A330s in both sectors from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur to Seoul.
It was my second time flying on Malaysian Airlines’ Airbus A330 and the first time in two years to be back on board after the pandemic started. And I wanted to review how services have changed on board since then.
Malaysia Airlines Check-In:
I left my hotel around 4 hours before departure and arrived at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport just as the check-in counters were opening. Even though it was a late afternoon flight and the flight was operated by A330, the check-in lines were rather empty.
As Oneworld elite, I proceeded straight to the vacant business class line and managed to get my boarding passes and a lounge invitation card within 5 minutes. Entering Korea, as of June, you are able to get either an antigen test that was taken in 24 hours or a PCR test that is taken within 48 hours. Unfortunately, I was 10 days short when this new regulation took effect and I had to take a PCR test prior to my departure. Other than that, I showed my vaccination certificate and a QR code to the agent and that was it.
Getting to Miracle Business Class Lounge Concourse D:
After passing through security and immigration, I navigated myself around the airport to find the lounge. Even though I visited Suvarnabhumi airport tons of times, I still had a hard time finding the way to the lounge. Believe it or not, there are nine Miracle Lounge located at five different concourses for international flights and one at the Domestic concourse. That is quite a bizarre amount of lounge in the terminal.
Miracle Business Class Lounge Concourse D Entry Requirements:
Miracle Lounge is currently a contract lounge for five Oneworld airlines below:
- Malaysia Airlines
- SriLankan Airlines
- Qatar Airways
All Miracle Lounges in the airport is also accessible by Priority Pass holders. There are no restrictions to passengers to use either the First Class or Business lounge, as both lounges accept Priority Pass. To be honest, I don’t see any differences except the spacing and some differences in dining.
Besides being a Priority Pass member, the lounge is accessible to business class passengers as well as Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members on airlines stated above. (Qatar Airways has its own premium lounge but only revenue business class passengers are able to use and currently, it is temporarily closed).
You can also pay for lounge access in this lounge where the price per person for two hours of use is 1300.-THB or USD 37. You can even purchase lounge access online with third-party sellers but it usually costs more for the same amount of time.
Miracle Business Class Lounge Concourse D Layout and Seating:
Miracle Business Class Lounge at Concourse D is shaped rectangularly with the left-hand section for the dining, the midsection for restrooms and showers, and the right section as a social area. The lounge is modern looking with hardwood flooring and carpet laid out in the common area and white ceramic tiles in the dining area to keep the lounge bright.
During my visit, there were only a few departing international flights and most of the flights were light load so the lounge was feeling pretty empty. On top of that, there are “Ten” first and business class lounges dispersed around the airport, so each lounge had a small number of seats in both common and dining areas.
Seats in the common area are relatively wide and comfortable but power sockets were only available in the seats by the window, personal work stations, and seats behind the dining area. There were power sockets available in some areas around the lounge but you have to stand up and wait for your device to charge which is uncomfortable.
The dining area had around 30 seats furnished with a dining table and staff members were all around assisting customers and continuously restocking foods and beverages.
Miracle Business Class Lounge Concourse D Dining and Bar:
The buffet had five menus which were mainly Asian vegetarian options while on the side of the buffet station, there was a separate station where you can request chefs for three different menus. Since it was prepared when you requested, the quality of the food was much better and fresher. Pastries, desserts, and a salad bar are also available beside the chef station.
There was also a generous amount of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drink options available at the lounge. Spirits and lemon tea vending machines are placed separately together with an ice bin and drinkware. While wines, beers, and non-alcoholic drinks were kept inside the fridge.
For those who need a cup of tea or coffee after the meal, it will be quite a burden going back and forth as it is located in the common area on the opposite section of the lounge.
Miracle Business Class Lounge Concourse D Restroom and Shower Facilities:
Restrooms and showers are located in the middle of the lounge, opposite the wall facing the entrance. There were plenty of wash basins and cubicles for use and also a couple of shower rooms available. The lounge staff kept the restrooms and showers clean and ready all the time so there was hardly a wait time to use the showers.
Back in the past, I had opportunities to visit the lounge but I always used either Cathay Pacific or JAL’s Sakura lounge which had great dining options. But as they are closed and operating for limited hours, at last, I am visiting the Miracle Lounge.
I did not have high expectations before visiting this lounge but I had a pleasant stay before my departure. The dining was satisfying although it needs some improvement, especially with the salad bar. On the other hand, drink options were great for a business class lounge.
I wouldn’t recommend it for a long stay in this lounge because it gets bustling and noisy as it nears peak departure hour. If you are Oneworld elite or Priority Pass holder, I’d suggest using either Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge or Miracle First Class lounge which will be more private.