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American Should Consider Lounge Line Skipping for CK (Delta Piloting)

American Should Consider Lounge Line Skipping for CK (Delta Piloting)

Old Jun 7, 22, 5:47 pm
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Arrow American Should Consider Lounge Line Skipping for CK (Delta Piloting)

Perhaps AA should consider the same. Since lounge crowding isn't as big of a deal with AA in my experience, recommend they only offer this for top-tier elites (CK) and not to mid-tier elites (EXP and whatnot.)

It's sometimes frustrating to wait a few minutes behind others to check in at the FL, and I, for one, would appreciate a dedicated CK desk.

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Old Jun 7, 22, 5:51 pm
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I concur.

If I was Delta 360/AA CK I would be upset if I had to wait in line to get into an effing lounge.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 6:01 pm
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I concur.

If I was Delta 360/AA CK I would be upset if I had to wait in line to get into an effing lounge.
Also concor.

At DFW the line can often be out the door and the wait more than 5 minutes. This really isn't acceptable for toptier elites ie CK. When it's bad, I've asked the golf cart escort to cut the line for me which they're usually happy to oblige.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 7:02 pm
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Originally Posted by qasr View Post
Also concor.

At DFW the line can often be out the door and the wait more than 5 minutes. This really isn't acceptable for toptier elites ie CK. When it's bad, I've asked the golf cart escort to cut the line for me which they're usually happy to oblige.
You use a golf cart to cut the line so you can save 5 minutes? Words fail me.

We do have a DYKWIA thread somewhere for these types of nightmare situations experienced by the super-entitled few.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 8:11 pm
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"Exclusive airport experience" is an oxymoron.

Is the irony lost on anyone else that the clickbait websites reporting this are the same ones hawking credit cards that come with... wait for it... lounge access.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 8:43 pm
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What is different about deltas lounges that makes overcrowding there such an issue?
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Old Jun 7, 22, 8:51 pm
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What is different about deltas lounges that makes overcrowding there such an issue?
The house brands of booze are better than what I drank in college. For others, the buffet of carbohydrates and fat has warm sections.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:01 pm
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What is different about deltas lounges that makes overcrowding there such an issue?
They give access from a credit card that is actually useful other than the lounge access.

I don't have AA or UA club lounge access because I don't feel that the memberships or the CCs that give access are worth the cost. So when I fly AA or UA I don't have access to their club lounges. But I have an Amex Plat, so if I flew DL (which I may start doing next year) I would have access.

I'm sure that there are many travelers in this situation. If just a few extra people on each flight have access due to the CC, that can make the difference between a lounge that's moderately busy and one that needs a waitlist.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:26 pm
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They give access from a credit card that is actually useful other than the lounge access.

I don't have AA or UA club lounge access because I don't feel that the memberships or the CCs that give access are worth the cost. So when I fly AA or UA I don't have access to their club lounges. But I have an Amex Plat, so if I flew DL (which I may start doing next year) I would have access.

I'm sure that there are many travelers in this situation. If just a few extra people on each flight have access due to the CC, that can make the difference between a lounge that's moderately busy and one that needs a waitlist.
i hear what youre saying. I have the Citi exec to get my reduced AC membership. Two years ago the card itself was chock full of travel insurance benefits but the card was gutted. Either way I would hate crowded clubs. I went to that DL thread and saw pics and read those posts. They are way too liberal on their admittance policy.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:35 pm
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What is different about deltas lounges that makes overcrowding there such an issue?
Food is better. Period.

I don't drink so I can't comment on the bar.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:36 pm
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What is different about deltas lounges that makes overcrowding there such an issue?
Anyone flying DL metal with an Amex Platinum can get in.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:37 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
They give access from a credit card that is actually useful other than the lounge access.

Its going to be interesting to see what happens now that Deltas crowd control measures took effect on 6/1. My guess is that little will change.

Regarding priority access, Im in a similar position as the OP where I havent experienced lines beyond the doors, except once in Miami (I also havent flown thru CLT since the C club went mechanical). Id be open to doing this for CKs and EPs with actual memberships. Contrary to popular belief, not all EPs are LP gamers / low spend flyers. I feel like that would strike the right balance of rewarding loyalty (i.e., spend) / buying a membership without opening up the floodgates.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:39 pm
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Originally Posted by ajf87 View Post
Anyone flying DL metal with an Amex Platinum can get in.
Does DL have a branded card also that allows access? I have a Citi exec but I dont see overcrowding from holders like me. What is the annual ffee for the Amex plat? Perhaps Amex platinum is a much more popular card than Citi exec.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:54 pm
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Does DL have a branded card also that allows access? I have a Citi exec but I dont see overcrowding from holders like me. What is the annual ffee for the Amex plat? Perhaps Amex platinum is a much more popular card than Citi exec.
There's also a Delta co-branded Amex Plat that gives access. But it doesn't have many of the benefits as the regular Amex Plat.

Of course the Amex Plat is more popular than the Citi AA Exec. The Citi Exec is basically a discounted lounge membership and not much else. It's only useful for one airline. The Amex Plat is (IMO) the best travel credit card out there by a wide margin. You are not limited to getting benefits when you fly one airline. You get 5 pts per dollar on any airfare booked through an airline, and the points are transferable to a lot of airlines (including a few very valuable ones), you get lounge access in many airports regardless of the airline you are flying, and the IAP saves a lot of money if you buy international premium cabin tickets. There are also some hotel benefits that honestly I never use, but some people get good value there. You can also get discounts on just about any AA ticket.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 10:02 pm
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Does DL have a branded card also that allows access?
Yes. DL also offers SkyClub access as one of their choice benefits for Diamonds. That's probably the largest contributor to DL lounge crowding. That, and the fact that the new DL lounges are actually worth spending money to visit. Unlike most Admirals Clubs (or United Clubs).
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