Slovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 25154 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?
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6511 posts, RR: 25 Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 25123 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.
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Vtmaa From India, joined Oct 2006, 105 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 25056 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
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 952 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 25022 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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TUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1838 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 24980 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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Panam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2649 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 24945 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!
Swissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 24791 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 , 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.....
Stylo777 From Turkey, joined Feb 2006, 2888 posts, RR: 12 Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 24778 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
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.
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Jumbojet From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 24656 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.
Jascmil From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 24570 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.
PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2649 posts, RR: 10 Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 24474 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.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 24440 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.
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Analog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 24422 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?).
Traindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 329 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 24405 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.
GFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 24371 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...
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31805 posts, RR: 72 Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 24360 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.
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