I'm status matching to AA from UA, I've just finished a three day NRT run and I've came across a few lounge problems that I'm not really accustomed to dealing with over on UA and the *A carriers and I was just wondering if these are just one off cases due to strict agents or are things really as dAArk as my UA friends will have me believe. 1. No access to partner lounges without AA card? I was told at the CX lounge that I must have my Advantage card in order to use the lounge, Since I've just got the match to Plat, and I won't have a card until i complete the EXP challenge, that would be out of the question for me, so no access to the CX lounge. *A has the same rule, but I find agents are usually quite forgiving when it comes to that, epically at large international airports like NRT, as long as you have a BB showing your status and FF# they're usually ok with it. 2. No access to JL lounge unless you're flying JL? I decided to try my luck at the JL lounge and I was told flat out that unless I was flying JL, I wouldn't have access, seems a bit strange seeing as they would be denying themselves revenue. Over at *A I've had the same problem with LH before at DME of all places, an emails to both UA and LH got me a few thousand miles and an apology note, I don't suppose I can expect the same here. 3. No access to AC after an international flight? This one really struck me as odd, I was told at ORD that I have to be flying onwards on an international flight in order to get access, I check the website afterwards and it dose seem to say exactly that, but that seems really stingy to me. I know *A has no such rule, Skyteam dose have a similar rule, but It seems to be never enforced. If all of the above are the norm then I have to say I'm really disappointed at the lounge access rules at OW, especially since I already won't be getting access on flights between Canada and the US that I'm accustomed to now, I guess I have to wait until I get EXP and have access to the First Class lounged to be impressed.