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Club Lounges

Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

December 2, 2014

Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in America, as well as tips on how to earn your way into them through their affiliated loyalty programs and co-branded credit cards. Gaining entry to private club lounges like these will take your future hotel […]

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What’s the Best Way to Get Airport Lounge Access?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Gagan asked me on Facebook: “What is the best option to get airport lounge access throughout the U.S. and internationally? I’m not a member of any frequent flyer club and have no status. Will I have to buy a pass?” Lounge access is nice to have when traveling. Not only can you get […]

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What’s the Best Way (and Best Credit Card) For American Airlines Admirals Club Access?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Connor has the American Express Platinum card and misses access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs, which the card used to have as one of its benefits, but which it lost March 22, 2014. Now he wonders if it’s worth getting the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard to get back into the Admirals Club […]

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Citi Extends Complimentary Admirals Club Access to Amex Platinum Members in April

April 10, 2014

In December, we reported that American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders would be losing access to Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs in March. I personally loved this benefit, as being able to visit a lounge before or after a flight to do work, freshen up, have a drink or take a call was […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Admirals Club Lounge Passes

March 27, 2014

Last Saturday, the day American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders had been dreading finally arrived – as of March 22, 2014, their cards would no longer include the benefit of American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access (nor US Airways Club access). Now the only cards that will get you into the Admirals Club are […]

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Buy or Renew US Airways Club (And American Admirals Club) Membership for 5,000 Preferred Qualifying Miles

March 15, 2014

Now through May 31, 2014 when you buy or renew your US Airways Club membership (and get access to all 35 American Airlines Admirals Clubs as well), US Airways will give you 5,000 Preferred-qualifying miles. The reason you might want to consider doing this is because the Platinum Card from American Express (which just raised […]

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Flight Review: Hawaiian Airlines Business Class Sydney-Honolulu and Air New Zealand SYD Lounge

March 7, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in the city, my review of […]

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New SkyTeam Lounge Slated for Dubai

February 18, 2014

According to a recent report in Arabian Business, SkyTeam plans to open what will be its fifth SkyTeam-branded lounge at Dubai International Airport (DXB) in 2015. D SkyTeam’s first two branded lounges are located in London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 (LHR), which I’ve been to and really like, and Istanbul Attaturk International Airport (IST). The brand standards set […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Delta Sky Club Passes

January 30, 2014

News on the airline lounge front has been pretty dismal lately with American/US Airways announcing that they would no longer grant complimentary access to Amex Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders starting March 22, and Delta jacking up its membership fees over $200 as well as restricting Platinum and Delta Reserve access to their lounges to […]

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New Amenities Being Tested at Delta SkyClubs – Healthy Snacks, Premium Drinks and Manicures

January 28, 2014

Earlier this month, Delta announced that it was jacking up membership fees for its SkyClubs, and restricting guest access for certain members (those with the new Individual membership level) and cardholders of the Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve cards. Delta justified it by saying they have invested $50 million in lounge renovations but their members […]

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How To Get Free or Discounted Airline Lounge Access

January 13, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. There has been a lot of news on the airport lounge front lately, what with Amex Platinum cardholders soon to lose access American and US Airways lounges and having their Delta SkyClub guest access restricted (as will […]

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Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2

November 14, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, and Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class. In this post, he fills us in on how he passed his time during his layover in Frankfurt in Lufthansa’s […]

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Lounge Club Adds New Members – More Places To Use Your Chase Ink Lounge Benefit

September 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  The Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold offer a plethora of valuable benefits including free Lounge Club membership and two annual free lounge passes each card comes with (the Ink Classic offers one year free membership). Lounge […]

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An Inside Look at the Chase Ink Lounge Club Benefit

September 11, 2013

Update:  As of June 2013, Ink cards are now Visa Business Cards and are no longer World MasterCards. The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, […]

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Understanding Amex Platinum Lounge & Priority Pass Select Benefits

August 28, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club […]

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LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Unveils $1.7 Billion Makeover Including New Dining Deck

June 26, 2013

New TPG contributor and Los Angeles resident Debbie Emery takes a closer look at the $1.7-billion makeover of LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal and all the exciting developments in store for travelers. As the major West Coast hub not only for several domestic airlines, but also as an entry point to the US for international […]

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Wine Wednesday: Free Airline Lounge Booze

May 15, 2013

Although we normally span the globe for our Wine Wednesday series in search of delicious wine regions, we thought it would be fun to mix things up today and cover the booze that many of us are likely to be drinking in transit: the complimentary beverage selection at airline lounge bars. We’re sticking to the […]

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Inside the New American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

March 19, 2013

Domestic airport club lounges rarely get me excited, however I was interested to learn that American Express had opened a lounge at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport on February 26,w hich is free for Amex Centurion (Black Card) cardholders and $50 for anyone with a valid American Express Credit or Charge card. Is it worth […]

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Free Pass to New San Jose Lounge Club For Ink Bold and Ink Plus Cardholders

January 23, 2013

Both the Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards come with a variety of great perks including big sign-up bonuses (50,000 Ultimate Rewards points each when you spend $5,000 in 3 months), category spending bonuses like 5 points per dollar at office supply stores and on wireless/telecommunications services, cable and satellite television and radio services […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: How Do I Get United Club Access With A Credit Card?

January 13, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access / Airport Lounge Program. This means that Card Members will […]

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Delta SkyClub Passes 4 for $99

December 6, 2012

From now through December 31, 2012, Delta is selling packets of 4 SkyClub passes for $99. SkyClub passes normally cost $50 each, so this is just under half price and works out to $24.50 each. If you don’t have a credit card that offers you access to Delta lounges such as the Amex Platinum or […]

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Silver Preferred Status for New or Renewed US Airways Club Membership

September 24, 2012

US Airways is offering both current US Airways Club members up for annual membership renewal as well as potential new members trial Silver Preferred status for 90 days when they sign up for a year of US Airways Club membership. You have to enroll by September 30 and mention the promo code CLBTR, and trial […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Get Access to Airline Lounges

May 29, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Airline lounges are becoming more and more sophisticated by the day, and are one way the major airlines try to build brand loyalty in an increasingly competitive marketplace, so I thought I’d take a look at the […]

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