No more AA lounge with Amex Platinum

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  1. gmarchetti

    gmarchetti Silver Member

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    I was browsing the Amex Platinum landing page on AmericanExpress.com and noticed that it says:
    "Enjoy complimentary access to the airline lounges of US Airways® Club and Delta Sky Club® for you and your immediate family, or up to two traveling companions, to participating airport clubs1"
    No more AA?
    G.
     
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  2. AUSsie

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    PriorityPass is still a benefit of that card, which gets the cardholder (and only the cardholder, not family or guests w/o paying a fee) into other airline clubs, including AA last time I checked. EDIT: Nope. Just 6 admiral's clubs in this hemisphere.
     
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  3. tondoleo
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    I was in the AC at JFK via my Amex Platinum card on Tuesday.
     
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  4. Wandering Aramean
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    AA has apparently come and gone a few times from the various web pages in the past few weeks. It is not clear if this is an impending policy change or a glitch.

    As for the PPass Select which comes with the card, it is valid at some but not all Admirals Clubs. And the admission rules are different. It is definitely not a 1:1 replacement.
     
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    FWIW, I called AMEX and a supervisor told me that the AC benefit is still available and there is no information that it will change in the near future.
     
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  6. Espan

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    Not having the Amex Plat, it's making me consider the CitiExecutive World AA MC
     
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  7. AUSsie

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    Hmm, according to Priority Pass (https://www.prioritypass.com/usalatinamericalounges.cfm), they only offer access to 6 Admiral's Clubs, with none on the US mainland (Sao Paolo, Toronto, Santiago, Mexico City, San Juan, Honolulu). And a large portion of the lounges in the US are United Clubs, which are not accessible via the PPass Select from a credit card. This benefit is not nearly as nice as it initially appeared.
     
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  8. okrogius

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    Should AA club access disappear that would be a huge blow to the benefits (plus presumably US will follow AA pending merger). If AMEX does increase their centurion lounges ( actual food and good quality drinks) numbers that maybe still sufficient alternative.
     
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  9. bigx0

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    I wonder if Amex ever would offer full priority pass? That would certainly be an extraordinary benefit, though just for the cardholder
     
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  10. okrogius

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    I'd have to disagree a bit. Yes, it would be nice in some respects to say get access to UA clubs, but I can't in any right state of mind want to guest anyone into a domestic lounge at 30/person. Now, if say there were Centurion lounges in say SFO, IAH, DFW, ORD, EWR/JFK...
     
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  11. bigx0

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    No, certainly not, though that's better than about $50 without the card. But if the alternative is no access at all I'll be glad for the PP.
     
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  12. okrogius

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    30 vs 50 is somewhat immaterial since I can get a good meal and a couple of reasonable drinks below that price at a restaurant outside the club, per person. Maybe if UA added showers to all lounges, maybe. But as a leisure traveler, there isn't that much value there. Yes, IRROPS support is nice, but I only really need it maybe once per year.
     
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  13. Wandering Aramean
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  14. okrogius

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    I've got confirmation of SFO from the construction people last weekend. Albeit SFO/DFW/LAS is still a fairly short list. I want that list as a bare minimum.
     
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  15. bigx0

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    We'd be talking $30 total for two people (you'd be free), though I'm agreeing with you. It's not ideal for >1 person. (FWIW, additional cardholders do qualify for their PP Selects too though.) But it's all theoretical at this point, of course.
     
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    Extraordinary?
     
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  17. NYBanker
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    AA lounge access is still showing as available when I visit amex.com.

    Amex Lounge Access.JPG
     
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  18. bigx0

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    Yes, I think so, if it's their Prestige membership. Even with a 25% discount which I remember seeing once we're still talking about a $300 benefit.
     
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  19. NYBanker
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    What would the Prestige get in terms of additional lounges? Is it just the UA lounges that are the difference?

    I find the vast majority of PP lounges, particularly those not airline-affiliated, to be quite weak.
     
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  20. bigx0

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    There are different levels. Prestige gets the cardholder in for for unlimited visits for free. The PP Select via Amex does too, but it doesn't allow all the lounges. Yes, mainly it's the UA ones which are excluded but there are a small number of other restrictions as well, like the COPA clubs in Latin America. Possibly only those, not sure.

    Personally I find the domestic airline-run lounges to be rather poor lately while the privately run ones are far better in my experience. But still, I'd like to be able to go to virtually any mid-level lounge. As it is now the lack of UA is a big hole for me since I don't have free access there otherwise.
     
  21. AUSsie

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    Having received an Amex Platinum offer in the mail yesterday, I can state that their printed offer makes no mention of AA lounges, but it does refer to US and Delta.
     
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    Was this received in USA or AUS?
     
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  23. NYBanker
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    I use A3 to fill this hole. Once you've earned status, it seems to last for three years, and then just light activity seems to keep extending it.

    Between AX and A3, I have essentially every US carrier lounge covered. :)
     
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  24. marcwint55

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    They do offer it with the Centurion card.
     
  25. AUSsie

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    USA. I live in AUStin.
     

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