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Why purchase a United Club membership when a Chase CC gets same and cheaper

Why purchase a United Club membership when a Chase CC gets same and cheaper

Old Jan 21, 15, 12:11 pm
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Why purchase a United Club membership when a Chase CC gets same and cheaper

I have a $395 annual fee for my Chase Prez CO MC (I know no longer offered, but understand there is a card with annual membership included)

I just checked united.com and the price of a 1 year membership as a Silver Premier is $475

Why would anyone choose the latter?

Curious

I have a friend in similar situation with the AA Admirality Club and is looking to get a branded credit card instead.
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Old Jan 21, 15, 12:18 pm
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Because they can't get approved for the CC.
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Old Jan 21, 15, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by caseminole View Post
I have a $395 annual fee for my Chase Prez CO MC (I know no longer offered, but understand there is a card with annual membership included)

I just checked united.com and the price of a 1 year membership as a Silver Premier is $475

Why would anyone choose the latter?

Curious

I have a friend in similar situation with the AA Admirality Club and is looking to get a branded credit card instead.
If they are concerned about hit on credit score, inability to get approved.
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Old Jan 21, 15, 12:27 pm
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Although I've never worked for one, some companies allow club membership to be expensed. I would imagine trying to expense a credit card annual fee would be a problem compared to a "clean" membership purchase.
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Old Jan 21, 15, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
Although I've never worked for one, some companies allow club membership to be expensed.
If so, they need to report it as a taxable benefit.:


http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corpor...-%2802-2005%29
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Old Jan 21, 15, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by porciuscato View Post
If so, they need to report it as a taxable benefit.:


http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corpor...-%2802-2005%29
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Old Jan 21, 15, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by porciuscato View Post
If so, they need to report it as a taxable benefit.:


http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corpor...-%2802-2005%29
About a million ways to dodge this bullet....see your tax attorney
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Old Jan 21, 15, 1:15 pm
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Does a UA Club card include access to partner airline lounges?
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Old Jan 21, 15, 1:27 pm
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Originally Posted by porciuscato View Post
If so, they need to report it as a taxable benefit.:


http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corpor...-%2802-2005%29
When my company provided this benefit in the past, it was recorded as taxable income on payroll. I would assume that's common in large companies. I couldn't dodge even if I wanted to.
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Old Jan 21, 15, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Folderholder View Post
Does a UA Club card include access to partner airline lounges?
Yes, lounges listed as Star Alliance Business Lounge(s) e.g: LH Business Lounge, SAS Business Lounge, etc. No access to Star Alliance Gold lounges, but lounges with STar Alliance logo. The star alliance lounge finder has a handy dandy web form that can give you fairly accurate info!
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Old Jan 21, 15, 5:03 pm
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Does a UA Club card include access to partner airline lounges?
The UA club card includes a full regular UC membership & card -- so yes.
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Old Aug 27, 15, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by IADFlyer123 View Post
Yes, lounges listed as Star Alliance Business Lounge(s) e.g: LH Business Lounge, SAS Business Lounge, etc. No access to Star Alliance Gold lounges, but lounges with STar Alliance logo. The star alliance lounge finder has a handy dandy web form that can give you fairly accurate info!
Is this tool 100% Accurate? (sorry didn't want to start new thread)

I just purchased a united club membership, and I think I understand it, but not 100% sure. I'll have my A3 Gold card as a backup, but I don't even know if that will work (crediting all my flights to UA now).

The tool says if I fly LAX-DEN I can access the TBIT Star Lounge, is that correct? (I know it's not the same terminal).

It also says when I fly NRT-BKK-NRT I can access the following lounges, that's correct as well right?

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Old Aug 27, 15, 10:36 am
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I use the Loungebuddy app to find out what I have access to on a given itinerary.
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Old Aug 27, 15, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by BThumme View Post
Is this tool 100% Accurate? (sorry didn't want to start new thread)

I just purchased a united club membership, and I think I understand it, but not 100% sure. I'll have my A3 Gold card as a backup, but I don't even know if that will work (crediting all my flights to UA now).

The tool says if I fly LAX-DEN I can access the TBIT Star Lounge, is that correct? (I know it's not the same terminal).

It also says when I fly NRT-BKK-NRT I can access the following lounges, that's correct as well right?

yes, assuming you are flying on a *A airline. You'll need to present a same-day *A boarding pass.
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Old Aug 27, 15, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by PTahCha View Post
yes, assuming you are flying on a *A airline. You'll need to present a same-day *A boarding pass.
Actually no assumption needed - as OP inputted a flight on ANA as part of the lounge access checker.
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