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US Airways Club At PBI To Close...  
User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6138 times:

Effective April 1st. Also, the MCO club will not be renovated and is GONE, along with LAX and SFO. This of course, is NOT good news for US's loyal Preferred Dividend Miles and Star Alliance Gold members, unfortunately. I did see the writing on the wall, however. I'm afraid no letter writing campaign will save these clubs, as the decision is final and the primary focus is saving money.

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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6124 times:

Do many people use those type of airline clubs anymore? The concessions at these airports today have gotten so much better than the old hotdog stands of 10-15 years ago. Seems to me that with people transitioning to low fare habits, these facilities might not be too successful anymore.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

There are a decent amount of people that still use clubs. Yes, they don't offer much in terms of food (US Airways clubs often only have pretzels/crackers), but what they do offer is a place to work and get away from the hustle and bustle of the terminal (these are the reasons I use them).

Jeff


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6087 times:

Is there any agreement between US and UA as far as club access? SFO and LAX are UA strongholds.


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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6086 times:

Well, in SFO and LAX I'm not surprised at all. How many flights a day does US Airways have to those cities. Not many.

I assume this won't affect that many people, as these clubs probably had the fewest guests.

AAndrew


User currently offlineAvek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

"I assume this won't affect that many people, as these clubs probably had the fewest guests."

Thing is, LAX/SFO/PBI should have had some of the most lucrative traffic in the system...



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User currently offlineCumulonimbus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6071 times:

I still use the clubs often. They offer a Quiet Place For me to Unwind and watch Airplanes. CLT Has the Best!!

Mike


User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6051 times:

Three Clubs to close as company continues cost cuts

As part of our continued effort to control costs,
US Airways is closing three US Airways Clubs -- Los
Angeles, San Francisco and West Palm Beach -- effective
April 2, 2005. The eight full-time and 10 part-time
employees in these Clubs have received furlough
packages.

Additionally, the company will not re-open the Orlando
US Airways Club, which has been closed since October
2004 due to hurricane damage. The Orlando Club
representatives were furloughed at that time, and have
since been notified of the company's decision not to
re-open the Club.

US Airways decided to close the Los Angeles and San
Francisco Clubs in anticipation of later this year
moving its terminals at those airports. There are no
plans at this time to operate Clubs at the new terminal
locations. Because the US Airways terminals will be
closer to United, US Airways Club members who hold a
same-day United ticket or boarding pass, and also have
paid the appropriate fee, will have access to all
United Airlines Red Carpet Clubs.


-SOAC



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User currently offlineSupa7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6047 times:

The US Club in the PHL International-A terminal is massive and very beautiful. DCA also has a really nice one.

User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

It's no use that the US gates will be close to the RCC. If you aren;t flying US, your membership won't get you in.

I suppose one can always buy a refundable UA ticket just to get club access with a US Club card.



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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

So is anyone going to take over the US club at PBI? I know that CO has gates in the same area, and I'm sure that some of the F pax that pay for their tickets that live in Palm Beach that fly up to EWR would love to have a lounge to use. I wouldn't be surprised if CO is considering taking it over as a President's Club.

User currently offlineWDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5863 times:

In my opinion, CO should take over the club in PBI,
there is alot of older wealthy people in PBI who have
families in the NYC area, anyone have the number of
users?


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32783 posts, RR: 72
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5858 times:

Quoting WDBRR (Reply 11):
In my opinion, CO should take over the club in PBI,
there is alot of older wealthy people in PBI who have
families in the NYC area, anyone have the number of
users?

I wouldn't be surprised. There are a large amount of wealthy travelers flying out of PBI (as well as FLL). Continental has a very nice President's Club at FLL to cater to this market.



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User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5835 times:

CO has been asked previously about a President's Club at PBI, and turned it down. The US Airways Club was originally going to close in 2002, but after a massive letter writing campaign by disgruntled customers to Crystal City, US decided to keep the club open, but only because Palm Beach County offered to kick in some funds to help rennovate the room. IF anyone remembers, it used to be an Eastern Ionosphere lounge before USAir took it over.

User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2644 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5751 times:

Quoting Quickmover (Reply 1):
Do many people use those type of airline clubs anymore?

A lot. Go in on a Monday morning in a hub.....

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 3):
Is there any agreement between US and UA as far as club access?

Yes, but as Zrs70 said you need to being flying on the carrier operating the club (either direct or codeshare).

There are mañy people who use these clubs. Me included. I´m in the AeroMexico Salon Premier right now from my Delta Crown Room club membership.

I think we will see US close more of these. Like GSO - I´d bet that one next. It is not a huge market. I´d make a case that SFO-PBI-LAX would need one more than GSO.

Not sure if the GSO one is new or nice.

In another thread, I was babbling how I think NW-CO-DL should operate a SkyTeam club in the US. Many cities have two or more of the clubs in the same airports. Some even in the same terminals (Seattle for example with DL-CO). Like the Chicago NW-CO jointly operated club. With the execption of CO giving free wireless Internet, the products are much the same among the three.



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User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5716 times:

This is good news for HP pax out of LAX. HP has been waiting for US to not only close their club so they can take it over, but also to move out of LAX-T1 so they can assume their ticket counter space and gates.


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User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6764 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5679 times:

Well, one can reasonably assume that the clubs in the hubs (PHL, CLT) and focus cities (BOS, LGA, DCA, PIT) are reasonably safe as long as US Airways is still flying. That leaves BWI, BUF, GSO, BDL, LGW, RDU, and TPA as the prime candidates in any future rounds of closings. I'm a bit surprised GSO stayed open considering that airport is all-Express save four daily round-trips to CLT, though I don't doubt US still has a hard-core base in GSO and RDU given the history going back to Piedmont.

User currently offlineGsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5612 times:

"I'm a bit surprised GSO stayed open considering that airport is all-Express save four daily round-trips to CLT"

According to US Air, they still have mainline flights to LGA (1) and PHL (2) as well as CLT (7). By no means huge, but still enough people to fill up the club. Plus most biz travelers use it out of here for the commuter flights anyway.


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6764 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5544 times:

GSOflyer-

I checked the most recent PDF schedule. I only saw four mainline flights to CLT and Express everywhere else.


User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5532 times:

Looking through my 1984 US timetable, they were SO proud to have 4 clubs in all (BOS, PIT, BUF, and DCA).


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