John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5 Posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6159 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.
Quickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6145 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.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8903 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6122 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).
SonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6072 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
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.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2689 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5943 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.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5856 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.
B4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2644 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5772 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.
Byrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5737 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.
The 747: The hands who designed it were guided by god.
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6778 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5700 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.
Gsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5633 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.