UAPilot7
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Paying To Get Into Airlines Lounges?

Mon Mar 20, 2000 11:52 am

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)?

Thank-you!
 
DeltaAir
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RE: Paying To Get Into Airlines Lounges?

Mon Mar 20, 2000 11:59 am

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.
 
Adam84
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RE: Paying To Get Into Airlines Lounges?

Mon Mar 20, 2000 3:46 pm

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.
 
pilot21
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RE: Paying To Get Into Airlines Lounges?

Mon Mar 20, 2000 11:10 pm

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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RE: Paying To Get Into Airlines Lounges?

Tue Mar 21, 2000 12:23 am

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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