Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Get Access to Airline Lounges
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Air Canada grants Maple Leaf Lounge access to all customers flying in Executive First or Executive Class.
American Airlines grants access to those in paid business/first (F,Z,J, U fare classes) on the following routes:
- Boston / Los Angeles
- New York (JFK) / San Diego
- Los Angeles / Miami
- New York (JFK)/ San Francisco
- Miami / San Francisco
- New York (JFK)/ Seattle
- Newark / Los Angeles
- Washington Dulles / Los Angeles
- New York (JFK) / Los Angeles
- Washington Reagan / Los Angeles (effective June 14, 2012)
Delta gives SkyClub access to those flying in BusinessElite/First class (both paid and award tickets) and full Y fare (economy) between JFK and Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and San Francisco.
Sapphire (for example AA Platinum status): Access to Business Class and frequent flyer lounges (with one guest) when traveling internationally, regardless of the class of service flown that day
Emerald(AA Executive Platinum): Access to more than 550 airport lounges (with one guest) when traveling internationally, including premium First Class, Business Class and frequent flyer lounges, regardless of the class of service flown that day
Elite Plus (Delta Gold, Platinum and Diamond): Regardless of their travel class, are allowed access to a SkyTeam lounge at a particular airport if traveling on or connecting to/from a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam Member airline. Simply present your same-day ticket for an international SkyTeam airline flight and a valid Elite Plus membership card. Includes access for one guest.
Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express ($450 annual fee)
Chase United MileagePlus Club card $450 annual fee, though they are giving out promotion codes in the United lounges that waive that first year annual fee. You can also get 2 free lounge passes each year with the United MileagePlus Explorer Card ($95 annual fee, waived for the first year).
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard.$450 annual fee.
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