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Old Jul 4, 18, 1:36 pm
Join Date: Oct 2009
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Originally Posted by Nick Art View Post
It’s not free.
Originally Posted by Smiley90 View Post
I think we all pay dearly for it...
Indeed, we all pay dearly for it. But that's not even the point.

I get status by flying a Star Alliance airline based in my home country; this is probably the way most *G members obtain status. When I fly into Europe, I have the choice of using ZRH, FRA or MUC as the most logical hubs for connecting flights. Taking away access (that I've earned and paid for) to a quiet place at one of these airports will only cause me to fly through a different one. Maybe LX thinks they don't need the traffic through ZRH, who knows...

As a quick aside, my home airline recently opened a new lounge which is inaccessible to anyone not flying on a paid business class ticket; so *G or any top-tier frequent flyer sitting in economy or premium economy, or anyone flying on a business class reward ticket is turned away. The difference? This new lounge was built in addition to the existing one accessible to *G.
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