Admirals Clubs Readying for US Fliers in September

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  1. Mike Reed

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    Stopped through an Admiral's club recently and haven't had time to post since... they're being readied to accept USAir fliers as of the date of the merger being official, regardless of alliance/program changes. In spots with no US clubs, the AC's will be ready for more volume. I'm assuming the same is happening on the US side of the fence. No official announcements yet... but would be a great way to cross-pollenate folks, especially in Tier 2 and Tier 3 airports with small clubs from each airline.
     
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    I wonder how this will affect the AMEX Platinum lounge benefits. US allows access without a same day flight on US, well AA requires a same day AA flight.

    (Plus those US lounge visits sitting in my account from the US cc's.)
     
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    That will be awesome!!! I have been an AC member and am now a US Club member. Hoping the combined clubs look much more like ACs and not not so much like US Clubs.:)
     
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    Why would you join a club versus getting the Amex platinum card? Lower cost (net of credits), and gets you more clubs!
     
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  5. Mike Reed

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    You can pay for the AC with miles and BusinessExtraa points.
     
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    Yes, I know. I can think of few worse redemptions for AA miles. Haven't done the math on BusExtraa redemption for club membership (but doubt it is compelling)...do you think either is a logical redemption?

    With Amex Plat, you get AA/DL/us/as for $250 net a year (ignoring GE credit).
     
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    Hopefully the let the US clubs know about the Citi World Elite card. (That is the membership card for those of us that have it).

    And no, I am not looking for commentary on if this is a good/bad deal.
     
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  8. Mike Reed

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    I'm a Plat holder for those reasons... I'm supposing that as long as they keep Delta and the $200 credit I'll still get quite a bit out of it, plus I do use the concierge occasionally.
     
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    Don't forget Priority Plus Select, which covers AS Board Rooms and a number of international and domestic lounges.


    Club membership allows you in without a same-day ticket; comes very handy when you're flying a different airline. UA even issues gate passes to club members so you can join friends/family/colleagues in the club even when not flying at all. You don't need to have good credit to buy club membership. Membership is cheaper than Amex Plat: the $200 credit is not trivial to claim, especially if you fly one airline (almost) exclusively and are an elite.
     
  10. Mike Reed

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    I'm only going to disagree with this one statement:


    Absolutely trivial to claim. Small-value gift cards. BTDTGTGC.
     
  11. legalalien
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    For members of MP/FT and/or readers of Boarding Area blogs, perhaps. For members of the general public, not so much.
     
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    I can't wait. Huge win for US flyers out of EWR, where the AC is in the same terminal. I have my fingers crossed that the deal gets done before labor day weekend, so i can enjoy the AC on my flight out.
     
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    Count me in the minority of folks around here that find value in club membership. I like not having to worry about what airline I'm flying, just walking into a club that's convenient because I'm a member. Don't get me wrong, I think AMEX Plat has plenty of value for certain travel patterns, just not mine.
     
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    Not so fast! I don't think that anyone is merging anytime soon.
     
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    Or ever, hopefully! :D
     
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    Yeah, so much for access to the AA ACs for me as USAirways Club member.:rolleyes:
     
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    I've never been in an AC lounge. How does it stack up against US?

    Over the past year, I've become increasingly disappointed with US. The primary club in CLT is almost always filthy - trash and crumbs on the floor, dirty plates and glasses on the tables. Don't get me started on how unclean the snack area frequently is or the dirty rags the staff uses to wipe things down. Restocking of the snacks is inconsistent. They've switched out the premium Milano cookies for a generic version of Biscoff that aren't as good as the real thing. They've switched from pre-packaged single-servce cheese to a dirty bowl of bulk cheese cubes that most certainly have been coughed on. No complimentary house liquor. The one or two staff working on the floor appear to REALLY hate their jobs.

    On a positive note - it's a convenient place to make changes to existing reservations, it's definitely more comfortable than the overcrowded boarding areas, and the soup's not half bad.
     
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    They have complimentary house liquor.
     
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    AC offers mostly edible food for purchase (soup, salad, sandwiches, even supermarket sushi at some locations). Free food is therefore very limited; not even free cookies or cheese, let alone decent breakfast a la United Club. They do, however, allow outside food to be brought in, which is a great benefit since you are no longer forced to choose between good food and peace and quiet.
     
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    I'm now forced to wonder who the dear kind soul is that keeps sneaking into all the ACs I frequent and laying out free trays of cookies if it's not AA doing it....? :eek:;)
     
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    Ok, I forgot about cookies in the afternoon. And if you want to be pedantic, there are tiny muffins in the morning and snack mix in dispensers. Drip coffee and lipton tea (plus some selection of good tea at the bar). But that's about it, isn't it? ;)
     
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    Well, if US goes ahead and swaps from *A to OW I totally still see this happening.
     
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    Not sure why US would move to ONEWORLD if the merger is nixed. STAR is a much broader alliance with more partnerships and lower priced awards (BA and IB surcharges price half OW out of contention).
     
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    Throw in those new yogurt covered pretzels and I can't really tell the difference between the AC and a Michelin star restaurant!
     
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    These are some of the reasons why travelers may prefer *A over OW. They may have little impact on which alliance suits US best.
     
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