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Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:13 am

I am curious as to the cities where the following had VIP clubs:

Eastern (Ionosphere)
Pan Am (Clipper)
Western (Horizon?)
Republic (?)
Frontier I (I think it was the "Summit" Club)
Piedmont (Presidential Suite)
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:45 am

I can remember a few cities that Eastern had the Ionosphere club.
ATL, MIA, EWR, PBI, MCO and probably many more.
 
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:51 am

TWA - Ambassador's Club

Edit: Sorry I didn't follow instructions. Wants to know what cities the above mentioned clubs were located in.

Western Airlines - I know they had clubs in LAX, SFO, LAS, SLC, DEN, SAN, SEA, ANC, HNL and MEX.

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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:51 am

national airlines (the second one that died in 2002) had one in LAS
 
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:07 am

Western:
All the above mentioned plus ABQ, OMA, RNO, PHX, YYC, TUS, JAC, BOI, MSP
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:24 am

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 4):
Western:
All the above mentioned plus ABQ, OMA, RNO, PHX, YYC, TUS, JAC, BOI, MSP

WOW...Western had quite the number of clubs. I really miss them.
 
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:37 am

Me too, especially their GORGEOUS 737-300's...
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:42 pm

I frequented PA's Clipper Club in JFK, MIA, SFO, LHR, and FRA. Their JFK Club was the by far the best especially the view.
EA's Ionosphere Club in ATL(they had two I remember) were fantastic.
PA's Clipper Club in FRA was upstairs(I last went there in 1987) and near Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge and Qantas' Captain Cook's Lounge.
Business lounges in the 1980s were nothing compared to the pampering you receive in today's clubs.
 
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:45 pm

Quoting Dc863 (Reply 7):
Business lounges in the 1980s were nothing compared to the pampering you receive in today's clubs.

I'm going to have to disagree. The very first time I went into TWA's Ambassador's Club was in 1987 in JFK, and OH MAN, talk about pampering...food and drinks galore, and a view you just couldnt beat. TWA land all around in T-5 AND T-6.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:52 pm

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 8):
I'm going to have to disagree. The very first time I went into TWA's Ambassador's Club was in 1987 in JFK, and OH MAN, talk about pampering...food and drinks galore, and a view you just couldnt beat. TWA land all around in T-5 AND T-6.

I agree. The TWA JFK Ambassador's Club was like no other. It was amazing.
 
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:56 pm

BigGSFO, did you have a membership there? I STILL have my luggage tag...
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:57 pm

Quoting WDBRR (Reply 1):
I can remember a few cities that Eastern had the Ionosphere club.
ATL, MIA, EWR, PBI, MCO and probably many more.

MSY, LAX, SFO, IAH, MCI, ORD, PHL, DCA, JFK, & CMH are a few more that I remember.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:00 pm

Where was the TWA JFK Club?

I assume upstairs in Terminal 5.

Also, does DL still use the original Pan Am Clipper Club at JFK?

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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:02 pm

Quoting JFKLGANYC (Reply 12):
Where was the TWA JFK Club?

Just passing the gift shop on the left hand side after going up the stairs, you go up the circular staircase and it was on the right side. It's where I first met my girlfriend.

Quoting JFKLGANYC (Reply 12):
Also, does DL still use the original Pan Am Clipper Club at JFK?

I think that is where the current Crown Room is.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:08 pm

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 10):
BigGSFO, did you have a membership there? I STILL have my luggage tag...

I worked in passenger sales for TWA and visited that club many times. The whole TWA terminal was such a unique experience back then - especially in the evening.
 
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:14 pm

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 14):
I worked in passenger sales for TWA and visited that club many times. The whole TWA terminal was such a unique experience back then - especially in the evening.

Very nice! I worked at This Wonderful Airline from 1996 to 2001. I was on the ramp in SLC and helped out on the ramp in JFK, STL, LAX, and PHX, and then consulting in STL at the end.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:38 pm

Clubs in OMA, JAC, TUS, ABQ, RNO?

Amazing. Compare that to the pruned-back club networks you see nowadays. AA recently closed their SEA Admiral's Club, while you can follow the depressing downward spiral of US by counting the shuttered clubs... SFO, SYR, ROC, IND, PBI, MCO... Sad  

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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:59 pm

Frontier I had clubs in Denver, Kansas City, Dallas/FtWorth, and Salt Lake City.
If not now, then when?
 
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:30 pm

Quoting Jc2354 (Reply 17):
Frontier I had clubs in Denver, Kansas City, Dallas/FtWorth, and Salt Lake City.

WOW, where was the club in SLC?
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:44 pm

Quoting Dc863 (Reply 7):
Business lounges in the 1980s were nothing compared to the pampering you receive in today's clubs.

Not on US Flagged airlines...they give you a better chair and some drinks, but that's about it.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:08 am

Didn't somebody other then CO use to have a club/lounge in CLE? I want to say UA, but I can't remember.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:57 am

Quoting Piercey (Reply 20):
Didn't somebody other then CO use to have a club/lounge in CLE? I want to say UA, but I can't remember.

UA still has a RCC at CLE. In the past, AA, US, and NW all had clubs there as well. (Not sure about RC or TW).
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:13 am

UA Lounge...


Pay to get in,
Pay for the phone,
pay for the conf room,
pay for a drink..

come to think of it.. what do I get for $400 or 25k miles ?

oh a luggage tag.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:18 am

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 22):
UA Lounge...


Pay to get in,
Pay for the phone,
pay for the conf room,
pay for a drink..

come to think of it.. what do I get for $400 or 25k miles ?

oh a luggage tag.

I've never paid for a drink in the RCC (unless I want alcohol, which I don't so much about.
I've never paid for the phone (who uses those phones in the era of cell phones?)
What airline doesn't charge for the conf. room?
Do you expect to get in for free?

Nice thing with UA, and all US carriers, is that you can become a member and use the lounge without flying the airline at all. It's not restricted to same day travel. If you aren't a member, you must be on an international C or F ticket, or be a *G member of *A on any international fare.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:15 am

Although I do like my Presidents Club membership at CO, I do miss the TWA Ambassadors Club, as well as the Western Horizon Club.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:14 am

The CLE RCC is interesting. It's unmanned, so if you can get the code from someone entitled to get in, or someone who knows it, you can get in.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:20 am

What about the TWA Constellation Club at JFK T5? It was the club for first class pax? Anyone have any more information on this?

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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:24 am

That turned into the Ambassador's Club after TW closed its ops in T6.
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RE: Defunct Airline VIP Clubs

Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:26 am

Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 25):
The CLE RCC is interesting. It's unmanned, so if you can get the code from someone entitled to get in, or someone who knows it, you can get in.

That's not very honest.
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