I haven't been in an airline lounge since I flew the Concord 25 years ago. It's never been something that seemed to me to be worth a lot of money — I don't fly that much and when I do I generally don't want to spend a lot of time at the airport and prefer to stick close to the gate (since I'm of the personal belief that each airline maintains a separate department tasked only with figuring out a reason to deny me, LarryInNYC, boarding). But this summer I'll be flying to SE Asia and back with my family with middle-of-the night departures and several changes en route. I thought it might be nice to try to acquire access to some of the lounges for our carriers that might make a difference in our comfort level. My question is how to go about doing this at little or no cost. Our flights: JFK - HKG - KUL on Cathay Pacific. Total flight time is about 20 hours over two calendar days. BKK - NRT - BOS - LGA on Japan Airlines. Total time is about 30 hours over two calendar days. Flights are booked in coach using AAdvantage miles. I was under the impression that the new Citi AAdvantage cards came with a couple of day passes to American Airlines lounges. When I check the public offer, however, that benefit is not mentioned (and the bonus seems to have gone down from 50K miles to 30K / 40K after $5000). Is Amex my best bet here? What other possibilities exist to get into the AA, CX, or JL lounges?