To tuxedoed people, velvet ropes are ordinary white picket fences and champagne fountains are lawn sprinklers. Kick down the fence and drink from the sprinkler with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a one-day pass to The Club at RDU, located in Terminal 1 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (up to a $29.95 value).
Weary travelers sink into beckoning armchairs at The Club at RDU, where a parade of complimentary snacks and beverages offers refreshment to visitors admiring gleaming paneled-wood furnishings. Wayfarers rest from the long lines, crowded gates, and inner-nostril patdowns that comprise modern air travel as they recline in comfort and flip through an array of newspapers and magazines. Ambitious travelers put in a few extra hours on The Club’s workstations, which offer computers, printers, and faxing services, or conduct big-league shindigs in the onsite conference facilities. Meanwhile, free WiFi access keeps expeditioners connected to the outside world, allowing them to track wildly fluctuating investments in roller-coaster construction. The Club welcomes patrons, whether dressed for business or leisure, to come as they are and seek respite for as long as is necessary.