Credit cards with access to private airport lounges

Are they worth the added cost?

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5 comments on “Credit cards with access to private airport lounges

  1. I have an AMEX Aeroplan card, not listed above, which allows access to any Air Canada or Air Canada Partner lounges, Priority check-in, travel insurance, Car insurance (LDW), and several other perks. I travel about 5-10 times a year and so far, feel the $500 fee is worth it. This is mostly because of the Car Rental insurance it provides. With the Loss Damage Waiver worth about $25/day, a five day rental , five times a year is worth $625 in savings, as well, with the new luggage fees in place, the fee cards allow either 1 or 2 free bags to be checked, another $125 – $250 in potential savings.
    So you are right that fee cards for travelling may not be for everyone, but for me, the break even point is occurs when you travel more than five times per year.

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  2. I cuurently fly about five trips a year and make use of a number of the perks on our travel card. But we don’t have a lot of loyalty to any one carrier though we do try to direct most of out points to Aeropesos. We would love to make use of lounges and would pay more for it but no card has the lounge flexibility we need.

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  3. Brent: Thanks for commenting and letting us know about the benefits of your card. As you said, there really can be benefits to card holders and your experience is a great example of that.
    Jason: Hopefully the credit card people are listening (and reading) and a credit card will come out with a bit more flexibility for travellers such as yourself.

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  4. Romana, where are the places online where you can buy inexpensive day passes to airport lounges?

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  5. You can buy discount vouchers at wagjag or Groupon when they are offered.

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