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User currently offlineSlovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26349 times:

Hi, are there any credit cards with no annual fee that will allow you to go into most or all airlines lounges? Since I'm a poor college student and do not fly first class, I am looking to see if this would be a way to gain lounge access. Any credit card suggestions?

Thanks folks,

Slovacek747

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User currently offlineXtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26325 times:

Don't do it! If you think you're poor now, you'll be even more poor! Either way, you'll have to pay to play.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26318 times:

I cannot imagine, that such a Scenario would exist.
The only cards that might be available are for top-turnover people or are issued by an employer, but then these will remain unavailable to a "poor college student".

However, there are memberships available under which you get lounge access independet from the carrier you fly, but these either are pay-per-visit (2 digit $$ per visit, plus low annual rate) or have a annual flatrate (3-digit $$$) for unlimited visits.
Sorry,
-HT



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User currently offlineVtmaa From India, joined Oct 2006, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26251 times:

Some lounges in India let you in if you have a Platinum or Gold Mastercard/Visa. Or in somecases specific to a bank like Platinum Citi Mastercard. with an ordinary card - No luck!
Not sure if this is prevalent in other countries


User currently offlineXtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 26217 times:

If it looks like you have money and somehow get a Gold or Platinum card, which is way too easy here in the States, you will be accepted. But you will pay a price in the end, and if you're really stupid about it, you won't be a stranger to small claims court for money owed. I'm about to go to court in a few weeks because I'm getting sued by a bank for someone opening an account in my name and charged almost a $1000 on an account I had shut down. Luckily I kept all my paperwork and bank transactions before I shut that account down once I realized there were charges put on my account. The only problem is, we don't know who took my card, so now I have to fight the bank and they want their money. I'm just lucky I kept the paperwork.

For the original poster, First class is awesome! You just have to be at the right place at the right time. When I was a lowley regional F/A I could commute in 1st and biz if there were seats available, especially if I flew in uniform. I didn't even ask for it. I got lucky flying from FRA to LIS on TAP just by showing up 4 hours early for the flight and I only paid for coach. I got to mix some adult beverages in the Navigators lounge, then had more free booze and a real meal on the flight. They even upgraded me to Navigator class on my return flight. Not bad for a mid 20's American working DoD going on a week's vacation going to meet my Dad while he had business in Lisbon. Then again, that almost 10 years ago.



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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1845 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 26175 times:

the Ameriprise Mastercard World Elite Mastercard lets you in most all Priority Pass lounges worldwide, but there is a $150 AF. Barclays Bank (Juniper) boards the accounts and Ameriprise Bank services them.


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User currently offlinePanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2693 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 26140 times:

The Flyertalk Credit Card forum is a great place for questions like these. If you're looking for a credit card that'll get you lounge access, it'll cost you a pretty penny - even without interest costs if you carry a balance. The American Express Platinum Card is arguably the best card for this purpose. But it's also the most expensive, with a $450 annual fee. It'll get you into any NW/CO/DL/AA lounge, as long as you hold a ticket on the carrier for travel that day.
If you don't want to spend $450 per year, any card with Priority Pass (I think Citi has a Mastercard that's good for this) will do you well, but you'll still have to pay a set amount per visit, which is around $20.
Good luck and happy travels!  Smile


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 26114 times:

AmEx platium will get you in some airline clubs...but the fee is a beaut....
safe



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User currently offlineJumbojet From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 25994 times:

So, from what I am reading here, I've got a AmEx Plat card and I dont have to pay the $300 Delta fee to re-up as a crown room club member for this year? I can gain access just by showing my plat card?

User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 25986 times:



Quoting Panam330 (Reply 6):
The Flyertalk Credit Card forum is a great place for questions like these. If you're looking for a credit card that'll get you lounge access, it'll cost you a pretty penny - even without interest costs if you carry a balance. The American Express Platinum Card is arguably the best card for this purpose. But it's also the most expensive, with a $450 annual fee. It'll get you into any NW/CO/DL/AA lounge, as long as you hold a ticket on the carrier for travel that day.
If you don't want to spend $450 per year,

Agree, it appears to be the card to have, plus the amex Aeroplan platinum for us in the north  Smile, fees are high and high minimum annual income.... however we are with them since 1989 and we pay/paid what ever we could with the card= lots of points= free stuff and access to the lounges.

Quoting Jumbojet (Reply 8):
So, from what I am reading here, I've got a AmEx Plat card and I dont have to pay the $300 Delta fee to re-up as a crown room club member for this year? I can gain access just by showing my plat card?

With a valid ticket (any class) from that airline for that day....... or so do it my wife and me.....

Cheers,


User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 3022 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 25973 times:

I've a MasterCard with a partnership with Airplus so I'm entitled to enter following lounges after paying the 15 EUR http://www.airplus.com/lounge/
the problem is that some lounges dont know this for example the one in AUH. they didnt let me in  Sad


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 25937 times:

Quoting Slovacek747 (Thread starter):
Any credit card suggestions?

With no fee..? I'd say none. The only one I'm aware of is the Platinum American Express...which has a $400 a year annual fee. Many clubs will offer you a one time walk up fee. Might be your best way to go. But I must add I really don't get what all the hype is for so many young people about getting into the clubs. I many of the threads on this subject...and there have been many...most A.net frequent travelers have said the clubs are not what they once were..are loud and packed. Unless you need a fax machine or room for a meeting before your flight I don't see the need ...

Quoting Jumbojet (Reply 8):
So, from what I am reading here, I've got a AmEx Plat card and I don't have to pay the $300

Then you don't have the same card we are talking about. This one is a yearly fee of $400. It is one card below the Black.

[Edited 2008-03-31 14:58:53]


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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 25898 times:

Plus you have to have the income required to obtain a Amex Platinum card, which I think is $100K per year, minimum.

User currently offlineSlovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 25881 times:

It's either 200K or 250K to get the black card.

User currently offlineJumbojet From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 25851 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 11):
Then you don't have the same card we are talking about. This one is a yearly fee of $400. It is one card below the Black.

I think I was somewhat misleading with my post.

I have the Am Ex Delta Platinum card with a yearly membership fee of $135.00. I just called Am Ex and that card does not allow entry into crownroom clubs. However, according to the Am Ex representative, the American Express Platinum card with an annual fee of $400.00 does allow entry into the CRC's.

The $300.00 fee is what Delta now charges its Plat members for yearly access to the CRC's. That's another story for another time but for plat members, I think thats alot of money to be charging, considering only 2 years ago it was free for Plat eliters.


User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 25848 times:



Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 13):
It's either 200K or 250K to get the black card.

That's the minimum annual spend on an Amex card to qualify. The initiation fee is thousands (5?) of dollars, and the yearly fee is also quite high (over $1000).


User currently offlineJascmil From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 25765 times:

Just to be clear, not all Platinum American Express credit cards will gain you access to airport lounges -- not all Platinum cards are created equally. American Express Platinum, Business Platinum and Corporate Platinum will get you into DL, NW, AA, and CO lounges if you're traveling on one of those airlines. American Express Optima Platinum and SkyMiles Platinum cards will not.

I love my Platinum AMEX, but I wouldn't recommend spending the money for a membership if you're only going to use it for airport lounges. The card is really tailored to a frequent, non-leisure traveler and offers a remarkable slate of services -- Fine Hotels & Resorts (free room upgrade, free breakfast, and an amenity just for booking through the AMEX Platinum travel service), membership in car rental gold programs (Hertz, Avis, etc.), car rental insurance, etc. The folks at the Platinum travel service have performed miracles on my behalf on more than one occasion.

But if you're an infrequent traveler, it just doesn't seem worth $400 to sit in a cramped lounge that serves snack mix, Biscoff and booze. That's just my opinion, of course.


User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 25748 times:



Quoting Jascmil (Reply 16):
not all Platinum American Express credit cards will gain you access to airport lounges --

None will. Only the Platinum charge cards will.


User currently offlineJascmil From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 25731 times:



Quoting Analog (Reply 17):

None will. Only the Platinum charge cards will.

Semantics -- but a relevant clarification. Thanks.


User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2693 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 25669 times:



Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 12):
Plus you have to have the income required to obtain a Amex Platinum card, which I think is $100K per year, minimum.

Not even close. You could qualify for a Green or Gold as a poor college student and self-upgrade if you want it bad enough. As long as you can cough up the annual fee, Amex is happy to give you a Platinum charge card. The Centurion card, on the other hand, requires $250k annual spend on any Amex card just to qualify. It has, in its own way, the 'exclusivity' that the Platinum card once held.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25635 times:



American Express have a lot of platinum cards but the one needed for lounge access is the charge card (w/$450/yr annual fee in the US), not the Delta Skymiles Platinum, not the HHonors Platinum, or the Platinum cash rebate card. If it doesn't look much like the one above then it won't do for lounge access. The picture above is the old design but you get the idea.

I don't know exactly what the income requirements are for the Platinum charge card but they certainly aren't in the $100k/yr region. I was at University when I was sent the pre-approved application form as I'd already had Amex cards for a couple of years. That wasn't the first time I'd received the application either, even then as an 18yr newbie to Amex and with minimal Uni income on file they were willing to give it to me! To be honest, Amex will give the Plat charge card to anyone with a pulse!

Quoting Analog (Reply 15):
That's the minimum annual spend on an Amex card to qualify. The initiation fee is thousands (5?) of dollars, and the yearly fee is also quite high (over $1000).

Incorrect, by US standards at least. To qualify for the Centurion you need to present spend of $250k in a given year with Amex and have held a card for at least one year with them (although they do make exceptions). Then you can ask to be upgraded to Centurion, then you pay the $5000 enrolment fee. The annual fee is $2500. Once you've got Centurion then you're set, there is no requirement to spend $250k/yr, as long as you keep paying the annual fee then Amex is happy.

In other countries, namely Britain, the qualification for Centurion isn't really well defined. In short, spend upwards of £5k-£10k per month consistently and you might get a letter. I know someone who was invited without a huge amount of spend but they bought quite a few airline tickets, high end hotels etc.

[Edited 2008-03-31 21:09:31]


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User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25617 times:



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 20):
Incorrect, by US standards at least. To qualify for the Centurion you need to present spend of $250k in a given year with Amex and have held a card for at least one year with them (although they do make exceptions). Then you can ask to be upgraded to Centurion, then you pay the $5000 enrolment fee. The annual fee is $2500

Ummm... that corresponds quite well with what I said: $250k/year Amex spend, $5k init, and over $1000 annual fee ($2500/year is over $1000, right?).


User currently offlineTraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 25600 times:

When I was in college I don't recall getting into airline lounges, nor did I expect to. Quite honestly I worked full time and took a full course load. Now that I have reached a certain position in life I do enjoy the lounges--but I do have to pay for the privilege!

The younger generation has VERY unrealistic expectations about life and the world. What they don't seem to understand is that privileges and perks have to be earned over time. You can't have it all at 22! My advice is get a job and work hard. After all, the harder you work, the luckier you will get.


User currently offlineGFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 25566 times:

There are quite a few countries where LOCAL credit cards will get you into the lounge but international cards won't. I have an Indonesian HSBC gold credit card that grants me access to lounges in that country, but my Hong Kong HSBC card won't cut it. Having said that, in many such countries lounge access costs so little ayway...

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 25555 times:

There's another benefit to the AmEx Platinum card past lounge access: a free companion travel ticket on any domestic airfare within the lower 48 states, in any class, up to four times a year. (round-trip ticket must cost $299 for lower 48; $899 for Alaska or Hawai'i). Also, unlimited, free companion travel tickets with purchase of any full-fare C or F seat on international flights.


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25 HAMAD : I am sure when you were his age, you had dreams about having a little percentage of the perks you are enjoying now, there is nothing wrong with dream
26 Analog : It's possible to earn status cheaply if you're already going to fly a lot. Usually most airlines have similarly priced tickets; sticking with one air
27 Slovacek747 : Hey everyone... Let me clarify the term I used in the opening thread... When I refer to myself as a "poor college student", I'm simply saying that I w
28 A380US : Do you know if the Business plainum card would get me in?
29 EMBQA : 1) First, Your age will prevent you from entering the clubs. Most all are 21+ 2) No.... it is ONLY the AmEx Platinum that is shown above that has the
30 MAH4546 : Have you ever even been to a club and seen the children's play areas that are in the larger clubs at hubs? Some clubs do have an age limit for enteri
31 Swissy : We even do not do it unless we can upgrade with our card or points....... Wife tried to get Visa or MC while in college but they would not give her a
32 Analog : Many lounges in America, with its silly ethanol rules, restrict access to those over 21 and those escorted by parents. CO for example.
33 A380US : For some reason i thought other wise are you sure though? Because Ive heard other wise before but just to clear up
34 EMBQA : You're still under 21...so you're out no matter what.
35 PanAm330 : This is true, but in my experience with lounges, you probably won't be ID'd. DL has never carded me, and I've purchased well over 10 day passes. Open
36 Zone1 : Flying domestic first won't get you into most clubs, anyway.
37 Wdleiser : That is what it use to be. You can now get the Centurion card if you pay all the fee's 5000 to join and 2500 a year. It is still exclusive but not as
38 DeltAirlines : I'm a college student and a member of Delta's Crown Room. Costs me $300/year I think - still with the amount I'm on the road each year (already done 2
39 N1120A : Yep, pretty much. I think you have to be holding a DL ticket, but other than that, you are good. No you don't. I was offered one when still in colleg
40 A380US : I know but im not talking for my self
41 Skytroll : Diners club have lounges throughout the major airports. if you hold a diners card you have access but once again be warned it comes with a service fee
42 Fbgdavidson : Well it doesn't work exactly like that...one of the benefits of having the Centurion card is you get tossed DL Gold, CO Gold, US Platinum (and VS Gol
43 Wadha : I just hate it when someone from your generation shows this kind of attitude. true, some of the younger generation have unrealistic expectations, but
44 Swissy : There is a difference between Platinum credit card and Platinum charge card...... the first one no problem the second one different story........ Chh
45 Joni : That's cheap, over here the amex platinum costs 550 euros/year. Overall all the "platinum" cards (visa, master, amex) on offer I've seen in Finland h
46 N1120A : Does anyone still have a Diner's Club card? I was talking about the charge card.
47 Swissy : Tell us the whole story..... or was the offering to you related because of your family? mother father, g-parents? I have no reason not to believe you
48 Copenhagenboy : well I still use my Diners, it is great in Copenhagen
49 N1120A : Don't ask me, ask Amex. I have been a gold charge card holder in good standing for 5 years.
50 Fbgdavidson : It's certainly possible to be offered Platinum chargecard whilst at University. I was.Twice if not three times. I'd just had a Amex credit card for a
51 Jetdeltamsy : I don't think that's correct. I have a AMEX Platinum and don't earn anywhere near 100K.
52 MrBrightSide : Really? Or is it the fact that age is really good idea to separate people, and claim seniority instead of quality. My first editorial position was su
53 Post contains links BayAreaPilot : Yes, mainly for the primary CDW coverage for rental cars. Well worth the $95 annual fee. You do get access to airport clubs too, but the coverage is
54 MAH4546 : I do. Though not "still," as I haven't had it for that long. I'm not that old.
55 Swissy : Sorry guys but I was talking about getting a Amex Platinum charge card without having any previous Amex products..... As a student with NO income=no
56 UN_B732 : Agreed about the lounges. I've been to the UA club at FRA (open bar, at 13), UA RCC at IAD at 14, DL CRC at JFK at 15, and never had a problem with my
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