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Paying To Get Into Airlines Lounges?  
User currently offlineUAPilot7 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 338 posts, RR: 1
Posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2605 times:

I have 3 questions about airline lounges (United's Red Carpet Club, TWA's Eporor's club, etc.).

1.) Can a passenger, who is not a member, nor has this passenger flown buisness or first class, pay to enter the lounge? Does it range from airline to airline (I am looking into United/Red Carpet Club)?

2.) Do all lounges have showers?

3.) What do these lounges have in them (again, I am asking mainly about United's Red Carpet Club)?


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User currently offlineDeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2524 times:

No they cannot pay to enter the lounges. And if they could it would not go over too well with the first and business class passengers. going to a lounge is a privlage, not something that can be bought. I am not sure about the shower thing, but I am sure it varies upon the location. In the Delta Crown Rooms there are couches, bars, televisions, computers, conference rooms, and an area to check on flight updates and things of that nature. Once again, it depends on the location as to what is in them.

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Actually you can pay to get into them, I paid 35$ to get into the Continental Presidents club in LAX, and that was for a one day pass.

User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1430 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

I have seen a specific card (kind of like a credit card) that gives you access to about 80 lounges world wide, I can't remember the name, but it was advertised in business magazines, I'll look around for you. Anyway, I think the deal is that you pay a once off fee to get the card and then every time you use a lounge a small charge in incurred. As for who's lounges are used, I'm not too sure

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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

I'm a Red Carpet member. I haven't heard that one can pay a daily fee to get in, but maybe someone else can give you an answer. I hope that's not the case. In some airports, the Clubs are crowded enough during peak hours.

A relaxed setting with plenty of phones, computer hook ups, newspapers, television, complimentary beverages (non alcohlic in the USA) and snacks is what you'll get. Alcohol is available at much cheaper prices than you'll pay in the public areas of airports. You can check in for your flight if you have no luggage to check, which is a great service. Usually minimal, if any, lines. The staff in the Red Carpet rooms are usually the best United has.

Showers are available to first and business class passengers in the "Arrivals by United" program at certain international airports. I believe they describe it in the www.ual.com website. I've never taken advantage of it, but it looks attractive.

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