Annual US Airways, Continental and United Lounge Membership for $259

by on April 6, 2011 · 8 comments

in American Express, Continental, United, US Airways

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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 :-)

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  • Jim

    I flew United the other day and went into the Red Carpet Club asking about the Platinum Amex access. They had a large sign in the area saying they weren’t letting Amex Platinum members in for free (to that effect). This was at LAX.

  • The Points Guy

    Jim- thats crazy- the partnership isn’t supposed to end until Sept 30, 2011. I’d let Amex know so they can fix it for other people

  • Brett

    Points Guy,

    I have a question: To utilize these lounges do you have to be flying that airline?

    Example – I often fly Southwest from SEA to multiple east coast cities. Could I still use these lounges (US Airways, Continental, and United)?

    Thank you, and great website!


  • The Points Guy

    @Brett- You don’t need to be flying US Air. From the rules: Access club facilities by presenting a valid government-issued ID or referencing your membership number

    For the international Star Alliance lounges you do need a Star Alliance ticket, but in your case you’d be fine to use the club as long as you were a member.

  • Mike

    I was wondering something. I just redeemed miles for US Airways First Class, fare class O. Does this grant me access to these US Airway Clubs you speak of? If not, I’m about to take advantage of this sale. Thanks!!

  • The Points Guy

    Mike- only if you are traveling internationally.

  • Stephanie

    Hey Mike, the last time I was in a Red Carpet Club (PDX I think, just a couple of months ago), the cocktails were not free. Are they supposed to be?

  • Jeff

    I was under the impression that Amex Platinum does not get you access to United. However, the Platinum card is now giving you free membership to Priority Pass, which does.

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