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DENFlyer, post: 418472 wrote:

One benefit of my lifetime membership is I can book an RCC conference room for 2 hours at no charge. I only think I've used that benefit a very few times and the last time it was pretty complex because of the on-line system (you had to book, pay, then they refunded your money).

I wasn't aware of this benefit. I hope it survives the merger!

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Posted : May 5, 2011 8:53 pm
worldwidedreamer
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In some families kids receive a car at age 16, in my family we receive a lifetime lounge membership at 21. (I'm a third generation frequent flier.) I recently turned 31 years old and feel that I've crossed the threshold into profit with my LT PC membership. Although CO is my favorite international airline from the USA, I also purchased NW (now DL) and AA lifetime memberships. My rationale: I did not want to be locked into one airline. It is hard to mathematically value a lifetime membership because my future hurdle rate and membership rate increases are both unknown. I figure that a lifetime of lounge access is worth the co-pays I would spend on five round trip J upgrades to Europe/Asia where a big part of the J experience is the lounge.

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Posted : May 8, 2011 1:59 pm
Tivoboy
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My father bought lifetime about 10 years ago for 2000$ I believe. It was about seven years in advance I think at the time

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Posted : May 9, 2011 4:00 pm
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Counsellor, post: 339591 wrote: Actually, as I recall when United started the RCC Life Member was ten times annual member fee, and when I got my Life Membership it actually cost me only $225. . . . Best investment I ever made.

I can verify Counsellor's story.

My December 1973 RCC renewal notice offered me Lifetime Membership for ten times the annual fee of $25 less a credit of $25 for the current year, so it was $225 total. I was 24 years old. It was, as Counsellor says, the best investment I ever made. On my membership profile page at United, my membership join date is shown as January 14, 1974 (though I had been a member even in the days before RCC charged for membership). The expiration date is December 31, 9999.

I'm assuming UA will continue to honor its agreement, since we haven't reached that year yet.

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Posted : October 7, 2011 6:04 pm
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My understand from talking with an agent in the ATL UC is the meeting room benefit will survive and that the time is four hours. I will double check while I am at work today and make sure that is correct. Also at least on the CO side the ability to get gate passes are still in the system.

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Posted : October 8, 2011 9:31 am
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scott6067, post: 835106 wrote: Also at least on the CO side the ability to get gate passes are still in the system.

Long live the lounge crawl!!

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Posted : October 9, 2011 4:49 am
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mmcgown, post: 834263 wrote: I can verify Counsellor's story.

My December 1973 RCC renewal notice offered me Lifetime Membership for ten times the annual fee of $25 less a credit of $25 for the current year, so it was $225 total. I was 24 years old. It was, as Counsellor says, the best investment I ever made. On my membership profile page at United, my membership join date is shown as January 14, 1974 (though I had been a member even in the days before RCC charged for membership). The expiration date is December 31, 9999.

I'm assuming UA will continue to honor its agreement, since we haven't reached that year yet.

Actually, I'm not sure I will either (although my profile also shows expiration of December 31, 9999 as well).

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Posted : October 10, 2011 5:34 pm
man on the move.
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sobore, post: 199940 wrote: Check out this old (1982) article, it talks about lifetime membership prices to several lounges.
http://www.nytimes.com/1982/10/10/travel/practical-traveler-not-so-exclusive-vip-lounges.html?pagewanted=all

When United Airlines started its Red Carpet Club in the early 1970's a lifetime membership was $300. Now it is $900.

[LIST]
[*]Admirals Club (American Airlines) Fee: $40 initiation fee plus $60 a year or $750 for a lifetime membership. Persons 60 and over may obtain a lifetime membership for $300.
[*]Ambassadors Club (Trans World Airlines)Fee: $25 initiation fee plus $45 a year or $600 for a lifetime membership. A membership card for a spouse is $30 a year or $150 for lifetime membership.
[*]Clipper Club (Pan American World Airways).Fee: $25 initiation fee plus $65 a year or $175 for three years. A membership card for a spouse is $20 a year or $50 for three years. Lifetime memberships are available upon payment of a $75 initiation fee plus $650 ($150 more for a spouse). Persons 60 and over may obtain a lifetime membership upon payment of a $25 initiation fee and $390 ($100 more for a spouse). For corporations buying at least 10 memberships, the charge is $55 a year for each member, and the initiation fee is waived.
[*]Presidents Club (Continental Airlines).Fee: $40 initiation fee plus $50 a year (a card for a spouse included). Lifetime membership is $500, including initiation fee.
[*]Red Carpet Club (United Airlines).Fee: $50 initiation fee plus $60 a year. A membership card for a spouse is $20 a year. Lifetime memberships are available for $900 ($300 for spouse).
[/list]

i bought a TWA lifetime in 1989 for about 450, i was a top tier flyer, and i think it was half off. Not a good deal. I could have got the continental one for about 250! damn..

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Posted : October 12, 2011 10:11 pm
Chic Silber
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I think there was only passing mention of the "private" clubs

that existed with a few carriers before they got in trouble

due to descrimination suits that they lost & went to the

membership fee club system of today

I was "invited" to join 2 of them in the early 60s

My truly good fortune was to be given lifetime w/ spouse

charter membership in the "Ionosphere Club" system

as a gift by the company I was on staff to & that was

fortunately rolled into the "Presidents Club" until now

I wonder what it will be called after the U/C

Chic

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Posted : October 13, 2011 3:35 pm
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Chic Silber, post: 847633 wrote:
I wonder what it will be called after the U/C

Toilet, Bathroom, WC, Washroom, or Facilities depending on which country English was adopted from.

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Posted : October 13, 2011 3:43 pm
Chic Silber
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TRAVELSIG, post: 847651 wrote: Toilet, Bathroom, WC, Washroom, or Facilities depending on which country English was adopted from.

I really don't much care what they call them as long as I maintain

multiple systems access & they mostly keep the current perks

Chic

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Posted : October 13, 2011 5:54 pm
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