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UA's Red Carpet Club - Worth The $$$?  
User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4800 times:

Mrs. 777fan and I are looking to knock out a ton of long-range travel on UA and its Star Alliance partners over the next year or so and are contemplating a one-year Red Carpet Club membership to the tune of $400 (Premier discount). UA/Star Alliance hubs we know we'll hit over the next year include, but are not limited to: HNL, LAX, SFO, ORD, BWI, JFK, AKL, SYD

Can anyone provide insight as to the worth or value of becoming a RCC member? Is it worth the money? Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4785 times:

If your traveling will allow you to attain the Premier Executive level, you'd automatically have access to the RCC or a Star Alliance lounge as a Star Gold when on an international ticket.

The RCC's aren't the most fabulous lounges in the world, but it really comes down to, do you want it, and will you get it for free just because of your status and itinerary anyway?



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4780 times:

From what it looks like, we wouldn't get comp passes on the itineraries we've booked. I'm aware of the SA sharing privileges; AKL should be nice seeing as how it's ANZ's homebase.

I'm hoping to get some input from existing RCC members as to their impression of the lounges mentioned. I also forgot to add ICN and NRT to the list.


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

For me, my biggest concern is connections, etc. For example, if I'm flying non-stop, the club isn't the biggest concern to me - I know when I need to arrive at the airport to spend the least amount of time doing check-in/security/etc., and even if I have extra time, it's not worth 10 minutes to go walk to the club and leave. For me, it's most valuable in connections - if I have a 90 minute connection, I can spend a good part of that time in the Club...

Just my .02 though.

Jeff


User currently offlineBDL2DCA From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

In previous years, I traveled an average of 50-60k miles a year. My company had a partial reimbursement and I found my contribution to be completely worth it. For one, I was taking a lot of hops, with a lot of weather issues, and the RCC booking desk was much more efficient at fixing problems.

Two, because with a RCC membership, I could get into the US club at well, it meant I had clubs in both my home airports (DCA and IAD) as well as all the hubs at which I'd be transiting.

I'm not sure of the value of the RCC for personal travel, but for professional travel, I would not want to fly 20-35 weeks a year like I was without it.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9642 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

I've been in the lounges in LAX, SFO, ORD, and BWI. LAX is too small and crowded. It is hard to get a seat. ORD is hit or miss depending on the time of day, but there are three lounges in terminal one, so you usually can find space and somewhere quiet. The domestic and international RCCs in SFO are amazing. They are big with plenty of space. BWI was tiny and not very good at all. I have also been in the Koru Clubs in AKL. Both of them are really nice with free food and alcohol. Since they are operated by Air New Zealand, they are nicer. They also have internet. I've only used the first class lounge in NRT, but the Red Carpet Club seemed pretty nice although things get crowded in the late afternoon bank.

In general Red Carpet Clubs are a nice oasis from the crowded terminals. They are somewhere you can relax a bit. And best of all if you need to see a gate agent because of a delay or cancellation, you won't have to wait in a long line (which can be useful when the weather is bad in ORD).

The Red Carpet is probably one of the worst airline clubs there is unfortunately. There is no food other than pretzels and maybe fruit or breakfast pasteries, no internet, and no free alcohol. But it is a nice place if you want to relax. I personally don't pay for it. I would not spend the $400 out of my own pocket. I am Premier Executive, but when I travel international, I fly first or business, so I get access anyway.



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

Quoting BDL2DCA (Reply 4):
I'm not sure of the value of the RCC for personal travel, but for professional travel, I would not want to fly 20-35 weeks a year like I was without it.

Great insight, thanks. I've got about 40-50K of travel booked for this year - the Mrs. will tag along on trips that we take together (about 20-25K). Any of the RC clubs you've been to stick out (good or bad)?

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
For me, it's most valuable in connections - if I have a 90 minute connection, I can spend a good part of that time in the Club...

Living in (and flying from) HNL usually requires a connection somewhere, something that the Mrs. and I don't mind. We usually hit the west coast en route to our destination (we prefer SFO over LAX - duh!) and don't mind a 90-120 minute connection time, hence our consideration of a club membership.



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User currently offlineBDL2DCA From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4725 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 6):
Any of the RC clubs you've been to stick out (good or bad)?

Dulles has three. I always end up shopping around. The one near C7 is almost ALWAYS too crowded. DEN and SFO are both gorgeous. So is DCA (not that you're going to get there). And I really like the US club in CLT if you happen to take a flight through there.

Quoting 777fan (Reply 6):
We usually hit the west coast en route to our destination (we prefer SFO over LAX - duh!) and don't mind a 90-120 minute connection time, hence our consideration of a club membership.

If you're going to have connections over 90 minutes, especially with red eye legs involved (can you get to/from Hawaii without a red eye somewhere?), I would strongly recommend the club.



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Quoting BDL2DCA (Reply 7):
(can you get to/from Hawaii without a red eye somewhere?),

Yes, it's possible to get from HNL to SFO (7am flight arrives at about 2pm local, 1pm flight gets in at 9pm local) and ORD (gotta take the 7am flight to SFO, then make a quick connection (40 min turnaround) to ORD which gets in at about 10pm. That flight sucks b/c you waste a whole day flying when in essence, you're only in the air for about 9 hours.

Thanks for your insight!



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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

NWA world club, Delta's Crown, and Continental Presidents are all worth visiting -- free drinks, good snacks, business place, complete with internet and printer. $250 a year if you are platinum, well worth it to relax, wait between flights, sort out flights if there is a problem, catch up on paperwork

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 6):

Great insight, thanks. I've got about 40-50K of travel booked for this year - the Mrs. will tag along on trips that we take together (about 20-25K). Any of the RC clubs you've been to stick out (good or bad)?

I recently joined the AA Admirals Club (got a good deal on it) as I plan on flying between 40-50k miles more this year (aside from the miles I've already flown)....if you use it 10 or more times, then I think its worth it.....if not, it might not be..

basically, I really can't add too much to the comments above, as I don't fly UA...I'm quite content though with the AA Admirals Club I've already used..

maybe you should try this link out and take a look..u'll probably get better insight....

http://flyertalk.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=504

cheers... Smile



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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

I joined the RCC a month ago because I'll be spending a lot of time this summer flying HP to California and with the membership I can use US lounges while flying HP/US. I am a bit miffed because I got my card today and it came without any luggage tags, I was hoping for those. However, I am of the school of thought that no money spent on travel is ever wasted so I say it's worth it for you!


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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4601 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
The RCC's aren't the most fabulous lounges in the world, but it really comes down to, do you want it, and will you get it for free just because of your status and itinerary anyway?

They aren't the most fabulous lounges, but they beat the hell out of trying to find a seat in an overcrowded gate area. If you fly two round trips a month, that works out to about 8 bucks a shot. If you limit yourself to the free soda and coffee (free alcohol in the overseas clubs) and snacks, you get a comfortable seat, hookups for the laptop, and a place to relax.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
For me, my biggest concern is connections, etc. For example, if I'm flying non-stop, the club isn't the biggest concern to me - I know when I need to arrive at the airport to spend the least amount of time doing check-in/security/etc., and even if I have extra time, it's not worth 10 minutes to go walk to the club and leave

True. But if you have time in between flights, the CSR's in the club are quite helpful. And most of the clubs I've visited are inside security and close to the gates.


User currently offlineORD2PHL From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4540 times:

As a Premier Exec and RCC member, I'd love to chime in.

My hometown (for now) is PHL so the RCC membership affords me membership to US's clubs as well and I have to say that the US club in PHL in B/C as well as in A-West are great for getting work done.

I echo all the comments above regarding the other UA clubs at the hubs, in no particular order here are my favorite UA 'hub clubs'

SFO, as previously mentioned, immaculate and very nice
ORD (C-Concourse)
DEN (both East and West)

The clubs at IAD seem to get really really crowded, especially during the international (europe) rush in the late afternoon, I've actually been denied entry at one of the clubs on C/D due to capacity.

Just my $.02, I paid the discounted 1P price this year at $350 while last year I used miles to get it, for someone who travels 20 weeks a year for business I wouldn't travel without my membership again.

ORD2PHL


User currently offlineZone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4492 times:

I personally think in your case it will be worth the money. Since you will be traveling to hubs and may stay there for more than two hours, it will be a good place to hang out. Since you will be flying out of a city that has a club, it might be helpful because the attendants at the club will work really hard to fix any problems with any blown connections. They work much harder than any gate agent.


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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4412 times:

Echoing sentiments similar to those expressed above, from my experience as a 1K I found the RCC beneficial as long as:

- I was flying a lot domestically
- I was connecting (esp DEN and ORD)

If my flights were non-stops, the benefits were less worth it but since my company footed the bill, I kept the membership.

Now that I'm living overseas and nearly all my flying is international, I've let my RCC membership expire because I get reciprocal Star Glod club benefits for all of my international flights. The only flights I don't get club access for are domestic flights, and I make only a few of those.

The UA RCC aren't the greatest in the world, but they serve their purpose.

My two cents (or 2/3rds of a baht)



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

Join the Air Canada MLL instead. It costs $340 USD and you will have access to all US RCC's.

[Edited 2006-05-04 22:05:35]


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4366 times:

Or put your Star Alliance miles into a non-US carrier and then you can enjoy domestic lounge access off your *A Gold for free  Wink

AC and BD have very low *G thresholds. 35k and 38k respectively.

Does Amex Platinum chargecard in the US get Priority Pass for free or is that only for UK? For $399 you'd get unlimited access to far more lounges and have a load of other benefits chucked in....all of which pass me by because I don't have the US Platinum product!  Embarrassment



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