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Washington Post: The Overcrowded Lounge Experience [FlyerTalk mentioned]

Washington Post: The Overcrowded Lounge Experience [FlyerTalk mentioned]

Old May 22, 2023, 1:58 pm
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Washington Post: The Overcrowded Lounge Experience [FlyerTalk mentioned]

"Today, the lounge experience is much more inclusive as credit cards, lounge networks and one-time passes give more people access beyond business travelers. But not everyone is happy about it.
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As air travel came roaring back (with high prices and crowds to match), viral tweets and videos have shown lines that rival TSA screening queues to access lounges. Members of the travel website FlyerTalk, a network for frequent fliers, have lamented that the lounge experience isn’t the same, bemoaning long lines to get in and overcrowding"

This is part of an article which also happens to show photos of long lines at Delta lounges
Source: Washington Post 05/22
Likely behind a paywall. https://www.washingtonpost.com/trave...-access-lines/
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Old May 22, 2023, 4:14 pm
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With regard to “Members of the travel website FlyerTalk, a network for frequent fliers, have lamented that the lounge experience isn’t the same, bemoaning long lines to get in and overcrowding", I must say that the airline lounges in the US now have better food offerings, more comfortable seating and more charging ports/plugs than when the lounges were not (as) crowded with users accessing lounges on the basis of credit/charge card holding/membership.

Guess we have the US airlines to thank for this — especially the US airlines who ended up cutting lounge access for Amex Platinum card holders and ultimately motivated Amex to dive deeper into having its own lounges in more places, but also the US airlines that wanted to get more affinity bank card revenue by bundling in lounge access on higher fee bank cards.
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