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Lounge Access Strategies for Non-Rev Travelers?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Ernie, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Ernie

    Ernie New Member

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    Hi Lucky (et al),

    What guides might you have for non-rev travelers looking for lounge access?

    A friend is a flight attendant. But they travel frequently between airline trips. But the cost of travel on FA salaries, particularly younger ones who have only recently been able to hold a line, is not without expense. So having a place for a coffee, gnosh, and sometimes a shower can add up quickly.

    Enter airline lounges. (And really, FAs are some of the best ambassadors any lounge network could have.)

    This is primarily a question about domestic American travel.

    Therefore, any insights into:

    1) Are any lounge systems better than others for non-rev? AmEx? Admirals Club? Sky Club? Priority Pass network?

    2) Do they require seat assignments on boarding pass? Or or is "stand-by" okay?

    3) Would any notes on credit cards to avoid? (eg: I understand AmEx Platinum does not allow non-revs into Centurion lounges. But I could be wrong. And what if the boarding pass says "stand-by"?...I mean, they're paying the card's annual fee, so why would they be denied access.)​


    Thanks!

    Ernie
     
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  2. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    I believe Amex/Priority Pass and other lounge networks require a boarding pass for confirmed travel, not standby, for lounge access. If standby pax were allowed in lounge's, i'm sure they'd abuse it by making and canceling standby travel reservations just to get lounge access.
     
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  3. Ernie

    Ernie New Member

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    Thanks, David.

    What about a situation where the traveler has an actual lounge membership? (eg: Admirals Club via CitiCard or SkyClub via AmEx.)
     
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  4. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    T&C's dont specifically say anything about access on a standby ticket, might be worth a shot.
     
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