American Express airport lounge program vs Priority Pass?

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Postby UPS Gregg » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:57 pm

Are the lounges worth the hefty annual fees required for these "upper tier" cards?
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Postby DoingHomework » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:14 pm

That's really a personal decision. I used to fly a lot for business and I had a membership to United's lounges because I went a lot of places they had lounges. I still use the lounges when I can but frankly would not pay actual money for it. My membership was free through miles. Similarly, I don't think the access that the platinum card provides is worth very much in fact but I do use it occasionally. Personally I think the airline fee reimbursement, car rental discount and premium programs, and a few other perks are worth more than the priority pass. But if you personally find the lounges valuable and would pay to join then you might place a higher value on the AMEX perk.

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Postby 4Runner » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:44 pm

Get the Platinum and you will get also Priority Pass access.

"...Are the lounges worth the hefty annual fees required for these "upper tier" cards?" - Hell yeah! I might be using them 10 to 15 times a month. For me the they worth every penny.

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Postby UPS Gregg » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:42 am

4Runner wrote:Get the Platinum and you will get also Priority Pass access.

"...Are the lounges worth the hefty annual fees required for these "upper tier" cards?" - Hell yeah! I might be using them 10 to 15 times a month. For me the they worth every penny.


So, unless someone practically lives in airports the fee seems excessive to me.
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Postby Grupet » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:07 pm

I'm a little confused. Do I show my Platinum card when checking in to a airport lounge, or do I have to actually get a Priority Pass card to be able to enter a lounge under the program?

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Postby Grupet » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:25 pm

Grupet wrote:I'm a little confused. Do I show my Platinum card when checking in to a airport lounge, or do I have to actually get a Priority Pass card to be able to enter a lounge under the program?

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Anyone?

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Postby DoingHomework » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:19 am

Grupet wrote:I'm a little confused. Do I show my Platinum card when checking in to a airport lounge, or do I have to actually get a Priority Pass card to be able to enter a lounge under the program?

Thanks


If you have a platinum card you can call and get a "Priority Pass Select" card for free. It gets you in to some international lounges but not many domestic lounges. To get into those you just show your priority pass card.

The platinum card itself gets you into a few airlines' lounges IF you are flying on those airlines the same day. To use those lounges you should have your card and your ticket.

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Postby Grupet » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:50 pm

Okay, that was helpful.
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