srilankan
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Lounge Memberships

Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:11 pm

Would anyone know of lounge memberships which are valid worldwide regardless of the airline (or class) which you travel. I have heard of one called Priority Pass. Not sure how it is or if there are other memberships around (not airline related membership).

Any input is appreciated.
 
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RE: Lounge Memberships

Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:37 pm

Perhaps not exactly what you're looking for, but American Express Platinum Card gives you access to the lounges of DL, CO and NW, regardless of class of service. All you need to do is present your boarding pass for the same day and AMEX Platinum card.

You may want to check them out at https://www124.americanexpress.com/c...rds/platinum/airportclubaccess.jsp

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goaliemn
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RE: Lounge Memberships

Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:47 pm

Priority pass seems to be the best option, with the most clubs involved, from what I've seen.
 
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RE: Lounge Memberships

Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:10 pm

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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RE: Lounge Memberships

Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:26 pm

AMEX requires you to be travelling on NW to use NW clubs, DL to use DL clubs and CO to use CO clubs, so the best deal IMO.

If you're willing to pay extra, most star alliance carriers offer a "star alliance gold" club membership which gives you access to all star alliance lounges. I haven't really found myself at a major airport without a star lounge and since I usually fly star...
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RE: Lounge Memberships

Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:44 pm

Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 3):
I loved the Crown Room, when it provided a quiet environment pre flight. Once they gave up on service, I left.

I still enjoy the CRC but there are too many darn people in them. As DL has continued to expand ATL the CRCs haven't grown in size and they keep yammering about the one that may eventually open in the C concourse. All the other CRCs I've been in outside of ATL have been great and uncrowded.

I've been happy with the service and I think that after this year where Platinum Medallions no longer get free access (though pretty cheap given how much they fly) we might see the crowds diminish somewhat.

Quoting Goodmanr (Reply 4):
If you're willing to pay extra, most star alliance carriers offer a "star alliance gold" club membership which gives you access to all star alliance lounges.

ow much is that in comparison to say a Red Carpet Club membership?
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RE: Lounge Memberships

Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:02 am

Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 3):

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.

Day passes are now $25.

Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 3):
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.

As a CRC member, you now get access to World Clubs and PC lounges as well as other SkyTeam lounges overseas. The reciprocal agreement has increased the value of my WC membership, so I think it is a better value, especially as a SkyTeam Elite.
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RE: Lounge Memberships

Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:17 am

Hi I became DL Platinum Medallion 2 years ago, so I get the CRC for free, but before that I used my AMEX Plat, and I loved it since I almost only fly SkyTeam it was very adequate for me.Plus unlike what GeorgiaAME said I always had people with me girlfriend, friends, multiple family members and I had no problem getting them into CRC's. Also you'd be suprised when you flash your amex card at some small EU airports and eventhough AMEX has no deal with that lounge or airline the Agent just lets you in, that card shines different than others IMO Smile

Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 3):
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.

When selecting your lounge membership you should calculate different factors. Such as where you fly most often, what kind of traveller you are etc. For example if you fly very frequently and you are a bargain hunter and just go with the cheapest fare(I know a lot of people like that especially small business owners) I think priority pass prestige level is the way to go. The acquiring cost is steep but assuming most business pax fly alone you can get access to alot of lounges all over the world without any additional cost.
But if you happen to be married to an alliance just like me make sure that you spend the extra bucks to achieve highest membership that will make you Skyteam Elite plus for Skyteam for example, and honestly they have lounges everywhere in North America and EU, but seeing that you are from down under you might stick to OneWorld since they have very strong presence there. Hope this helps.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 5):
I still enjoy the CRC but there are too many darn people in them. As DL has continued to expand ATL the CRCs haven't grown in size and they keep yammering about the one that may eventually open in the C concourse. All the other CRCs I've been in outside of ATL have been great and uncrowded.

I agree with you and all the others about CRC's being outdated but it still beats any gate's waiting area by a huge distance, as DL improves financials I'm sure they will improve the CRC's together with their premium cabins.
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RE: Lounge Memberships

Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:25 am

Quoting Goodmanr (Reply 4):
If you're willing to pay extra, most star alliance carriers offer a "star alliance gold" club membership which gives you access to all star alliance lounges. I haven't really found myself at a major airport without a star lounge and since I usually fly star...

Actually, you have to earn *A membership. That said, USAirways CLub memberships do allow you do purchase an add on that allows entry into *Alliance lounges worldwide. Not sure of the cost, but you can find out on their website.
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