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Lounge access semi-hypotheticals

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:04 pm

I'm curious if others have been in either of these situations, and what they have done. I may possibly be in one or both.

1. Flying Delta with one companion who doesn't eat or drink much. Amex Platinum doesn't give free guest access to Delta Skyclub, and the guest fee is $29. Would you offer to pay the $29, even if the person could eat elsewhere for $10 or $15? I'd probably grab a quick bite to eat and then join the other person at the gate.

2. Going to a Centurion lounge with three companions, all of whom eat a fair amount. Platinum only gives me two guests, although one of the three others has an Amex (I think) and so could conceivably buy a day pass for I think $50. $50 for one person may be a lot, but $50 for four people is great, so it's something to use. Not a time to just sit together by the gate.

But what if I was the only person with an Amex of any sort, and there was no way for the 3rd guest to come in? Have them wait by the door and ask someone to have them as a guest?

As I write this, that actually seems a reasonable solution to the second situation...but does anyone have other ideas?
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Re: Lounge access semi-hypotheticals

Postby TXviking » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:37 am

I'm usually content to find a table at an actual restaurant, order some food, and sit there. I'd use lounges if they were free (including if I had status somewhere that included lounge access,) but the value proposition doesn't seem high enough to actually pay $$.

The other consideration would be if I could pay an annual fee and have automatic lounge access wherever I went, or at least at the airports I go through frequently. Particularly if I could persuade work to cover said fee (hey, they paid for my NEXUS.) But such programs don't exist, and it's complicated enough to track frequent flyer programs and luggage fees and award vs paid value. Adding another variable? Meh. I'm lazy.

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Re: Lounge access semi-hypotheticals

Postby Tubpbs » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:14 am

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:I'm curious if others have been in either of these situations, and what they have done. I may possibly be in one or both.

1. Flying Delta with one companion who doesn't eat or drink much. Amex Platinum doesn't give free guest access to Delta Skyclub, and the guest fee is $29. Would you offer to pay the $29, even if the person could eat elsewhere for $10 or $15? I'd probably grab a quick bite to eat and then join the other person at the gate.

2. Going to a Centurion lounge with three companions, all of whom eat a fair amount. Platinum only gives me two guests, although one of the three others has an Amex (I think) and so could conceivably buy a day pass for I think $50. $50 for one person may be a lot, but $50 for four people is great, so it's something to use. Not a time to just sit together by the gate.

But what if I was the only person with an Amex of any sort, and there was no way for the 3rd guest to come in? Have them wait by the door and ask someone to have them as a guest?

As I write this, that actually seems a reasonable solution to the second situation...but does anyone have other ideas?


I would personally probably just skip the lounges in general in both of those circumstances unless the person or people I was with thought it was interesting and wanted to check it out and were cool with paying to do so...but I don't like a lot of fuss about anything and that's probably most of the reason for my response.
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Re: Lounge access semi-hypotheticals

Postby takeshi » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:31 am

Generally if I'm traveling with others I intend to hang out with them so I'll hang out with them. As for paying for lounge access for guests, I have yet to be in such a situation. I don't think I'd pay for my own lounge access to begin with. It's a nice perk for cards that it comes with but not something I'd generally shell out for.

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Re: Lounge access semi-hypotheticals

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:26 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:1. Flying Delta with one companion who doesn't eat or drink much. Amex Platinum doesn't give free guest access to Delta Skyclub, and the guest fee is $29. Would you offer to pay the $29, even if the person could eat elsewhere for $10 or $15? I'd probably grab a quick bite to eat and then join the other person at the gate.

This one happened. I offered to pay the $29, but the offer was refused and I didn't push it. I ate a quick meal at the SkyClub and then went to the gate, carrying out some cookies to share.
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Re: Lounge access semi-hypotheticals

Postby Tubpbs » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:42 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:
CarefulBuilder14 wrote:1. Flying Delta with one companion who doesn't eat or drink much. Amex Platinum doesn't give free guest access to Delta Skyclub, and the guest fee is $29. Would you offer to pay the $29, even if the person could eat elsewhere for $10 or $15? I'd probably grab a quick bite to eat and then join the other person at the gate.

This one happened. I offered to pay the $29, but the offer was refused and I didn't push it. I ate a quick meal at the SkyClub and then went to the gate, carrying out some cookies to share.


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