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US Airways is running a three day special on annual club memberships, which grants you access to not only US Airways lounges, but also Continental, United and Star Alliance lounges. This is a pretty good deal if you plan to use the lounge access more than 8 times (if you’re not going to use it at least 8 times it might make sense to buy online day passes for $29 each).
Personally I’d rather cough up the additional $191 and get an Amex Platinum card, which gives US Airways lounge access, in addition to American, Delta, Continental/United (until Sept 30, 2011) and Priority Pass Select, amongst a ton of other benefits.
This could be an interesting purchase for current Platinum card holders who will miss the United/Continental lounge access after September 30, 2011. If you designate your $200 airline rebate benefit to US Airways and then buy this membership, you’d be getting 7 additional months of Continental/United access after your current access ends on September 30, 2011 – all for $59. Perhaps you could even work out a deal with US Airways to delay the start of your membership until October 1, 2011 so you get a full year of benefit, though I’m not sure if US Airways would allow that.
In any case, it’s one of the cheapest ways to get lounge access, so if you are currently one of those poor people who has to wait in the crowded gate area for flights, this could be a good move. Flight delays are much more bearable when you are in the lounge enjoying free cocktails :-)