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Discounted US Airways (United) Club Membership Until November 18

by on November 16, 2011 · 7 comments

in Lounges, US Airways

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If you are a United/Continental flyer, these days there are few ways to get lounge access without paying for it directly. You used to be able to get access with the Amex Platinum card, but that benefit ended on September 30, 2011.

However, one of the easiest ways to get US Airways, United and Star Alliance lounge access is by purchasing US Airways club membership. Ben at One Mile at a Time reports that they are currently running a promotion until November 18 that brings the cost of membership down to $325 and waives the $50 initiation fee when you use promo code CLB30. I tried to price this out, but it makes you purchase the membership before the promo code shows the discount, so you will have to take a risk and hope that this works. It could be targeted, so if this doesn’t work out, please feel free to send your hate mail to Ben :-). This is a huge discount from purchasing membership from United, who charges $375- $475 plus a $50 initiation fee.

Club lounge access is eligible to be rebated as part of the Amex Platinum’s new $200 a year rebate, so if you designate US Airways as your rebate airline, then lounge access could only cost you as low as $125 out of pocket. Remember, that $200 a year is based on the calendar year, so if you haven’t used it yet in 2011 you will lose it come January 1, 2012 when you’ll get a brand new $200 credit. If you don’t have an American Express Platinum card, now could be a good time to get one since the two $200 credits will basically cover the $450 annual fee (plus if you ever cancel before a year you get a prorated refund).

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  • Rachel

    I got the email too, with the same promo code, but my club cost is at $350. I’m not sure if Ben is an elite member of US Airways (I’m not) so that might be the discrepancy.

    “Enroll today and we’ll waive the $50 initiation fee, and you’ll pay only $350.”

  • Anonymous

    Wait, but don’t we already get US Airways club membership with the Platinum AmEx?

  • Anonymous

    Yes but it doesn’t include access toUnited and other star alliance clubs. Buying us airways Memberhip does give you that access

  • Anonymous

    ahh.

    This was iPhone written. typos, etc.

  • Nikolaos

    Plus, if you reach 60,000 PQMs, you can add your spouse or domestic partner for free as part of the Special Dividends!!

    Usually Special Dividends offers hold until Feb 2012 (i.e. giving silver or gold status), but there have been reports that in this case the offer is valid for the entire duration of the membership!!

  • Anonymous

    It still baffles me that people jump through all these hoops and pay hundreds of dollars for lounge access, but whatever tickles your pickle.

  • Greg

    If you already have a Platinum Amex, and have been buying tickets on United / Continental in the past, there’s a good chance Amex will buy you a US Airways club membership outright. That’s what I was offered. Looks like others have been as well…

    http://milecards.com/2798/american-express-offering-continental-united-lounge-access-to-some-platinum-card-holders/

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