ua777222
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Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:15 pm

Hello all,

Was wondering if any frequent flyers whom are current United Airlines Red Carpet Club members feel that it's worth the membership price. I will not be using my miles to buy the membership rather my own funds. All comments are welcome!

Thank you and take care!

Matt
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LAXintl
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:30 pm

In general my view of airline clubs is that they are often an oasis of quiet in busy airport terminals, were one can enjoy a comfortable seat, have a drink, play on the internet, or even take a nap.

Thus if one travels rather frequently membership is generally worth it.

In addition during several irregular flight events, the club agents saved the day by being able to rebook me on alternate flights quickly and having me avoid standing with 100+ folks in line at a gate podium.
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lorm
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:42 pm

YES.

Although......

It's more expensive now from what my folks paid when they first got theirs about 30 years ago. They paid about $325 for a lifetime membership ! Best membership deal we've ever paid for. Of course they don't offer lifetimes anymore sadly.

The convenience of a comfortable, clean, and usually quiet place to spend a layover is invaluable IMO. They all have sofas, loveseats and one or two TVs and free juice, coffee, pastries, crackers, drinks, etc. The major hub Red Carpet Clubs have a bunch of separate kiosks cubicle style for notebook and phone use. The Chicago C concourse one has a separate smoking room if you're a smoker. The best Red Carpet Club IMO is the two at Denver International. They are both worth giving yourself a long layover to enjoy the view since they are high above on the second floor. You can get some good photos of aircraft taxiing in the alley on both north and south sides. (through the glass of course).

Like LAX said, another invaluable aid they have is that they staff a bunch of agents who can book and check you in or change your itinerary (and load access if you non rev). They can and will conveniently help you avoid all the inevitable long customer service lines.
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unitedgirlie
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:07 pm

if you come to heathrow you may have to poke some of the staff to make sure they are still alive  Wink
 
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:09 pm

I have been a member for years, and love it. As they said above it is some quiet in the midst of turmoil. Also, if there is a problem you can have it addressed much quicker there then in the Customer Service line. Some of the clubs definitely need an Extreme Makeover, and they have cut back on the food available, espcially in the First Class lounges, but they are still worth it.
 
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:17 pm

I'll echo the comments above that they are definitely worth it - especially in large, busy airports where smoking is tolerated and seats in the terminal are few.
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:38 pm

Personally, I cannot comment on UA, but I have paid for Qantas Club in the past, and it was the best money spent ever. It is an oasis, even if it is crowded, just imagine what it is like outside. One main advantage is having international access. Flying from SYD to LHR, and being able to access a lounge when you have to fly Y, is amazing, just to have the shower, the glass of wine and some food. Totally refreshed. And you dont have that dilema of what to do for the layover hours. Duh - go to lounge. Do not pass go, but do collect towel and red wine.

Its great. I would still pay for it even if I had one flight a year. Afterall, flying is a package, not just when you get in the plane, but also how you book the tix, get to the airport, and what you do at the airport.

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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:40 pm

If I'm not mistaken the Red Carpet Club is the Star Alliance lounge in United hubs right? If so, I think it is alot of money because in there you have to pay for the drinks (in the US)!
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:44 pm

NO DEFINITELY NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

as a freuqent traveller within domestic USA.i've been a STar Alliance gold for couple of yeras and i've had access to red carpet every time.. BUT the lounge sucks.. theres NO HOT FOOD!!!!

compare it with asian airlines.. e.g. Singpaore/CX/Malay... they have a noodle stand.. hot buffet styled food.. ummm.... satay in the SQ/MAlay airlines lounge.. and even more they have free broadband interenet computers aand some give you a card for free wireless as well...

UAL has very limited service in the red carpet and i find it a huge waste of money.. unless you only fly within domestic USA.. then its fine.. but if you fly international a lot.. its not worth it to pay for REd Carpet.. u rather earn you way up to a STar Alliance Gold nad have accesss to a variety of lounges..

but hey if you only fly once in a while.. but wnat loungej then.. heck why not eh?  Smile

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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:00 am

Worth it? Depends how much you like the look of tired leather seats and Saudi Arabian speed internet  

Have to say RCCs are not the best airline lounges I have graced. On the whole the carriers of American lounges don't seem to be as hot as those of European and Asian carriers. After being "pampered" with free drinks I always feel a little hard done by having to fork out for beer in an RCC....especially when the staff shout at you for having the audacity to order a beer when you clearly aren't 21 (which I was, I showed ID and I was still shouted at!).
Example, at LHR T3 you have a choice of UA RCC, London Lounge (AC/SAS shared lounge) and SQ Raffles lounge. UA RCC was visited dead last and I didn't hang around for too long....

I've been to three (LHR, IAD and CDG) and CDG was the best as it was quietest (too many shouty Americans in the others. yes Americans I love you but many need to learn microphones on cellphones are sensitive   ).

Maybe BA just spoil me in their lounges...

Having said all of the above it does surely depend how much you fly. If it were to work out at $15 per visit and I had no other means of "getting away from the masses" it'd be worth it. Perhaps one of the tiers of Priority Pass may be more suited to you. A wider variety of lounges, many RCCs and in many more airports.

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ua777222
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:38 am

Anyone know where I can get pictures of these lounges?

For $350 I do want to see what I am buying..

Take care,

Matt
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jetdeltamsy
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:41 am

Clubs are worth the cost. No question about it.

The quiet space they provide is priceless.
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:48 am

You RCC members are just spoiled. Complaining about no hot food. Well join us in the DL Crown Rooms - no food period. Most of them don't even have newspapers or magazines any more.

Quite honestly, the best most consistent lounges I found have been CO President's Club.

I got rid of my airline specific memberships and joined Priority Pass. Now I get the pick of the litter at most major airports in the US and around the world.

On a side note, I was recently in the UK and used one of the BA Terraces lounges. OMG - if that's what the commoners get, I can't imagine what the First Class lounges are like. Simply awesome.
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christao17
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:53 am

Quoting CaptainTim (Reply 8):
a freuqent traveller within domestic USA.i've been a STar Alliance gold for couple of yeras and i've had access to red carpet every time.. BUT the lounge sucks.. theres NO HOT FOOD!!!!

compare it with asian airlines.. e.g. Singpaore/CX/Malay...

Not sure that's a reasonable expectation for a domestic club. International RCCs are better, but still not SQ quality.

As a 1K for UA who flies a lot internationally and on other Star Alliance partners, I've found the RCC membership useful for domestic flights. Plenty of times with delays, long connections, etc where it really is a nice quiet spot and you get assistance much more quickly there than at the Customer Service Counter near the gates!

However, if you fly enough to be a Star Gold member and travel mostly internationally, then don't waste your money on the RCC - you'll get to use Star Gold lounges (RCC, etc.) day of travel regardless of the class you're travelling in.

Speaking of nice lounges, the AC international lounges in YYZ, YUL, and YVR as well as the new domestic lounge in YYZ are all quite nice.
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zrs70
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:03 am

You should consider getting an AC MLL membership instead. Cost is less, and you have RCC access.
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unitedgirlie
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:08 am

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 10):
Anyone know where I can get pictures of these lounges?

here you are and you can see from this the heathrow one is looking oldish.

http://airreview.members.beeb.net/United/index.htm

the one at heathrow is definately shared with air china, emirates, jet airways, BWIA and air NZ (I think) those are the airlines we ground handle and they all go into the lounge...not sure about NZ as I dont do that airline.
 
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:24 am

Greetings UA777222,
Here are my thoughts:
My family used to be a member of DL's Crown Room Club and it was well worth it at the time. However we decided to cancel the membership as DL closed theirs at BDL and we don't travel nearly enough to compensate for the cost of the membership. As people have said it was a great service when your flight was canceled and you needed to rebook, there was an agent willing to help you, that didn't have 100 other people to deal with behind you. Aso it was a comfortable place to relax or have a drink before your flight. However I feel that they are worthwhile A) if you live near a larger airport where the club isn't likely to be shut down, or B) if you travel frequently and usually have longer connections for one reason or another. So if those two things apply to you UA777222, then I suggest getting a membership to the Club.
Hope that this helps.

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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:33 am

I personally do not feel club memberships are worth the annual membership fee. It is not very often that I have a long enough layover, or long enough delays to warrant it. I will, however, gladly pay the discounted day entrance fee (due to being Star Gold) on the occasion that I have a long layover, or an extended delay. I also utilize Star lounges when travelling internationally.
 
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RE: Red Carpet Club -- Worth It?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 8:38 am

Quoting Pope (Reply 12):
On a side note, I was recently in the UK and used one of the BA Terraces lounges. OMG - if that's what the commoners get, I can't imagine what the First Class lounges are like. Simply awesome.

BA Terraces are light years ahead of RCCs...

FYI....

BA First Lounge Terminal 1 (LHR)



BA First Lounge (IAD)




BA Concorde Room LHR




compare to

CDG RCC


and LHR RCC


The RCCs seem stuck in an 80s/90s timewarp whereas the BA lounges are more fresh and modern. The First lounges are more traditional but have a modern feel to them.
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