Idea for a lounge guest site

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  1. cynical traveler

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    I have an idea for a site and I would like to ask for your input. Before I would have just “build it and they will come” but it turned out they never came J.

    You are allowed to bring one guest to a lounge (Air Canada / Star Alliance in my case) but most of the time I have no guest to bring along and I consider it a ‘waste’.

    So I thought of a site where the users would register their flights, date and time and who happens to fly that date and don’t have status will contact the users asking whether they could be their guest. The rule of thumbs would be whoever has to wait most for their flight and on first come/first served basis for fewer than 30 min. difference.

    Will the site be useful ?

    Thank you
     
  2. sobore
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    Welcome to Milepoint! :)

    That idea has potential, but keep in mind many travel sites have calendars and social integration that may accomplish this task already.
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    You consider it waste, but the airlines consider a certain "breakage" when designing their programs. Make it too efficient to reduce this breakage and the airlines will react. If their costs go up, they'll increase the fees. If the clubs get too crowded, they'll find ways to restrict access further (only guests on same flight or PNR)? Kind of like Yapta, which was very useful to get refunds from United when prices for already booked trips dropped... until it became popular and thus costly for United and they instituted a counter-measure essentially taking the refund feature away via a fee that usually exceeds the price reduction.
     
  4. cynical traveler

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    The social integration implies that you want to socially connect with that person, but it is only you invite her/him to the lounge as your guest, nothing more.
     
  5. cynical traveler

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    I was thinking the same, but it will take some time until the airlines will react and as a matter of fact since I have started flying extensively, only 3 or 4 times I have had a guest who was not on the same flight so there would not be too much loss here for anyone (I suppose this is the same for most travellers who have guests).

    I was only thinking of helping the 'less fortunate'.
     
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    What are you, a socialist? :D

    Don't get me wrong, I don't want to discourage you. But since you started this thread to see if they will come if you build it: I personally could probably not be bothered to record my flights as it would seem a hassle to arrange to meet up with a stranger somewhere, especially with flight delays etc. It would seem I am not very social and extremely lazy :) On domestic trips within the US where I don't have access due to UA *G restrictions, I rarely wish I had UC access. I am sure others see it differently, judging by the number of entries in the various forum threads/calendars that already exist.
     
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    I think this came up some time earlier and Seth( Wandering Aramean) spent quite some time into developing it
     
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  10. cynical traveler

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    Thanks to all of you for the responses, good to know someone is doing it.

    It is not exactly about inviting a guest but I am sure it can be used for this purpose too.
     
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    Wasn't a ton of time, but I did build it. Not a lot of action on it yet but I also haven't done much in the way of promoting it while I was on vacation the past couple weeks.
     
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    Usually when I enter the lines for customs, and see a guest from a faraway land (namely Europe when I am in Australia), and if they have a *A boarding pass, I sometimes invite them to the lounge. People have always been pleasantly surprised... but maybe this is only an option in the uncrowded international terminals of MEL/SYD... don't know if I would ever try it in the US
     

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