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Delta Jacks Up Sky Club Membership Fees – Slashes Guest Policy

January 10, 2014

Delta sure is a fan of devaluations. They’re increasing the amount of miles needed for awards not once but twice this year, but apparently that’s not enough for the airline’s bean counters. The airline sent out an email to its flyers today announcing that it has created a new pricing level of SkyClub membership called […]

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Amex Platinum Losing AA/US Lounge Access; New Centurion Lounges Announced for LGA and SFO

December 4, 2013

The American/US Airways merger is expected to close any day now and its effects for consumers will be wide-reaching. Sadly, for American Express Platinum cardholders, this means that “effective March 22, 2014, Consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum and Centurion Card Members will no longer have complimentary access to the American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways […]

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Preview Of The New American Express Centurion Lounge Opening At Dallas / Fort Worth DFW International Airport

October 10, 2013

Domestic airport club lounges rarely get me excited, however I was very interested when American Express opened a lounge at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport in February, and now they have followed up with the announcement that they would be opening a second Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on October 15, 2013 and […]

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Complimentary Centurion Lounge Access for Amex Platinum Cardholders

October 8, 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. Some great news for cardholders of the Platinum Card, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cards from American Express […]

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The Winner of the Thursday Giveaway of 2 Admirals Club Day Passes and a Choice of Elite Rewards Is…

August 5, 2013

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway I was offering 2 free American Airlines Admirals Club day passes and the winner’s choice of two of my Elite Rewards, American’s incentive program for elite flyers who go above and beyond their status qualification thresholds – which you can now qualify for with miles, segments or points, and where […]

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How to Maximize the Chase Ink Card Lounge Program

July 24, 2013

One nice lesser-discussed perks for Chase Ink cardholders is complimentary Lounge Club membership as well as two free lounge passes per year. Lounge Club membership is sort of like Priority Pass membership where you pay to join (that is, if your credit card doesn’t give you free membership) and then each time you visit a […]

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Free Admirals Club One-Day Passes From Klout

May 7, 2013

The social media firm Klout and American Airlines have teamed up to offer “influencers” with high enough Klout scores free prizes including One-Day Passes to the Admirals Club and a free one-year Admirals Club Membership. Klout measures a person’s “influence” based on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, FourSquare and Google+ profiles and activity, and then […]

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Paying For Airline Lounge Membership With Miles – Worth It?

February 20, 2013

Annual airline lounge membership – when it’s offered at all – can be an expensive proposition. However, several airlines let you redeem miles for membership rather than paying cash. TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the miles options out there and whether any of them are a good value. Update: The offer […]

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Delta Plans To Add Outdoor Terraces at Sky Clubs in Atlanta and New York

February 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Delta has partnered with Architectural Digest and selected designer Thom Filicia to create its first-ever outdoor airport terraces, which it has dubbed “Sky Decks,” to debut at the Delta Sky Clubs at Atlanta’s Concourse F and […]

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5,000 Bonus Alaska Miles for Board Room Lounge Membership

December 26, 2012

In the rush of the holidays and a last minute trip to Ireland and Scotland I took, I forgot to actually publish this post that I wrote a couple weeks ago, but the deal is good until December 31, 2012, so I figured it was still worth getting out there! Although some other airlines like […]

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Free Day Passes to LAX’s New Virgin America Loft

December 13, 2012

Virgin America just announced the opening of their new Virgin America Loft lounge at LAX (they already have lounges at JFK, Washington Dulles and SFO), which is meant to “extend the airline’s signature cabin experience into the airport space with amenities like a cocktail and dining experience with a Virgin twist – including a ‘Lofty […]

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5,000 US Airways Preferred Elite Miles for Club Membership

November 12, 2012

Following Delta’s current promo where you can earn 1,500 Medallion Qualifying Miles toward elite status by reupping Delta SkyClub membership for 1 or 3 years, US Airways has just launched a promo of its own where you can earn 5,000 Preferred Miles (elite-qualifying) and buy club membership at a discount – but only for the […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: Airline Lounges in the US

September 11, 2012

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 we thought we’d take a look at the ten best lounges in the United States, and how you can get access to each. The term “best” […]

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How Much Is Airline Lounge Access Really Worth?

May 15, 2012

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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Two Free Lounge Passes With Ink Bold Lounge Club Benefit

April 30, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  I have several Chase Ink Bold business charge cards and I love them because not only do they provide big sign-up bonuses (50,000 valuable Ultimate Rewards points after $5,000 spent within 3 months), but they have great […]

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Discounted US Airways (United) Club Membership Until November 18

November 16, 2011

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 […]

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Sunday Reader Question: What Is the Best Domestic Lounge Membership?

October 30, 2011

TPG reader Carling writes: “I am looking into buying an annual lounge membership. I mostly fly domestically. Is there an airline that you recommend I purchase lounge access with? Which airline has the best domestic lounges?” Lounge membership is great – not only does it give you a somewhat quiet place to relax in between […]

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Delta SkyClub Passes on Groupon- As Low As $17.80 Per Visit

October 24, 2011

Delta SkyClubs are among the best domestic airline lounges in my opinion. With free wifi, booze and decent snacks, it’s a great way to escape the crowded terminal and kill time before your flight. Luckily, I get access as a Delta Diamond and as an Amex Platinum cardholder, but if i didn’t I’d want to […]

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TPG’s Guide to Airport Lounge Etiquette

September 1, 2011

Airport lounges can be a jungle. You’ve got an interesting cross section of people, whether it’s business travelers closing deals or fanny-pack toting leisure travelers calling every single person in their cell phones before their big voyage. In my travels, I’ve seen a lot. In fact, I’m writing this post from the Miami SkyClub (which […]

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Priority Pass Select Now an American Express Platinum Card Benefit

April 1, 2011

As I wrote about a couple weeks ago, American Express has added Priority Pass Select as a Platinum cardholder benefit (Registration link – enrollment required). So what does this mean? Cardholders can access Priority Pass select lounges for free and pay $27 per guest. This benefit also applies to additional cardholders, which is an amazing value […]

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JFK Terminal 1: Check-in and Lounges

July 13, 2010

Getting to the airport: The day had finally come for my show stopping vacation of the year: Paris and Seychelles (details here on how I used points to fund almost all of this trip). Since I had more than enough time and I wanted to keep costs down so I could spend more on food […]

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