I'm a former member of Delta's Crown Room and Priority pass. I dropped Delta because of the lack of European access. The London Gatwick Crown Room is fantastic, beautifully appointed, really nice breakfast service available pre morning flight, convenient, but that's it. No access to anything in Paris if you are using CDG
as a SkyTeam hub. And all Atlanta lounges seem packed to the gills, frequently with screaming kids, minimal seating, noise, etc. Spending $250 a year (discounted for my medallion level) just wasn't a good investment for a half dozen gin and tonics annually and deathly slow computers, if I could get to one. I tried Priority club last year, which gives access to Crown Rooms/ NW
/Continental lounges domestically for a fee above the cost of joining, plus European lounges. Europe is generally great, except that there are no lounge facilities in Paris Terminal 2, where the North American flights arrive/depart. Again, married to SkyTeam, it was a marginal breakeven deal for me. Membership is discounted to $75, going rate is $100, plus $25 a pop each time you use the lounge. Doing the arithmetic, a $300 Crown Room membership minus $100 leave you $200 for a breakeven point. At $25 a pop, you need to use 8 lounges per year to equal Crown Room membership.
As for AMEX, that is a $400 charge up front, has excellent domestic and international lounge access for the card holder, but NOT family members.
There is another alternative, and that is to buy a daily pass if you are not a frequent flier. Crown room is $50, again steep for 1 or 2 drinks, and the Atlanta tumult, but it might work for you. I think the other majors have a similar deal, but I am not certain.
Hope this helps.
I loved the Crown Room, when it provided a quiet environment pre flight. Once they gave up on service, I left.
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