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Old Jul 17, 15, 9:20 am
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Question Skyteam domestic lounge access - in theory and in practice...

Hi,

I have a domestic flight on AeroMexico coming up, connecting from an international but non-SkyTeam flight. The international flight is therefore, I guess, an irrelevance and this is a domestic itinerary.

I'm a SkyTeam Elite+ member.

The SkyTeam rules seem very clear that access is not available on domestic sectors... but a friend of mine mentioned that he routinely accessed the AeroMexico lounges with a domestic itinerary. This was, however, about 5 years ago.

Is there some sort of informal agreement among the other airlines (i.e. other than Delta) to allow domestic lounge access to elites? Or do I stand no chance?

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Old Jul 17, 15, 10:10 am
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I got into the AM Premier lounge recently in MEX on a domestic, but the guy dragon mentioned it was not stricly in compliance with policy, but he was letting it go. YMMV.
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Old Jul 17, 15, 12:15 pm
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Thanks - sounds like a 'YMMV' erring on the side of 'No' (I'm guessing tending to a 110% definite 'No Way' in the U.S), so I won't be disappointed if that's the answer
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Old Jul 18, 15, 3:32 am
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I got access in ATL on a DL flight from YUL to ATL to LAX. I was mildly surprised because US airlines generally do not consider Canada as International.
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Old Jul 18, 15, 5:42 am
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The rules differ by carrier. It's easy to find them on each carrier's website. If you qualify, great. If you don't and can live with the possible humiliation of the "walk of shame" when denied, then try. Up to you.
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Old Jul 18, 15, 6:23 am
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Originally Posted by CD747 View Post
Thanks - sounds like a 'YMMV' erring on the side of 'No' (I'm guessing tending to a 110% definite 'No Way' in the U.S), so I won't be disappointed if that's the answer
It's definitely a case of YMMV, as I was once granted access to the MCO SkyClub on a domestic itinerary, as the club was quiet at the time.

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I got access in ATL on a DL flight from YUL to ATL to LAX. I was mildly surprised because US airlines generally do not consider Canada as International.
Never had an issue with YUL being recognized as international, even though it qualifies for domestic upgrades.

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Old Jul 19, 15, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
I got access in ATL on a DL flight from YUL to ATL to LAX. I was mildly surprised because US airlines generally do not consider Canada as International.
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Never had an issue with YUL being recognized as international, even though it qualifies for domestic upgrades.
Indeed. I've never had a problem with DL flights between the USA and Canada being recognised as 'international' for lounge access; but they still count as 'domestic' for (rare) complimentary upgrades.
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