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Lounge Access when flight booked with miles but status on another carrier

Old Sep 6, 19, 12:41 pm
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Lounge Access when flight booked with miles but status on another carrier

Hi guys. Iím currently Star Gold with TK but Iíve used miles from A3 to book a United flight from SFO-SBO. Iím assuming my A3 number will be against the booking so is there a way to use my TK status to access the UA lounge at SFO?
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Old Sep 6, 19, 12:51 pm
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No as that is a domestic flight, you would have to have a pass or be a club member. I assume you are not connecting in SFO from an international flight.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 1:01 pm
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Actually the OP can access as a non UA Star Gold.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 1:06 pm
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Yes, just provide your *G credentials, along with your UA BP and you should be good.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by aacharya View Post
Actually the OP can access as a non UA Star Gold.
Sorry, I thought that was only for international flights not a solely domestic run. Thanks for the corrections.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by nomad420 View Post
Sorry, I thought that was only for international flights not a solely domestic run. Thanks for the corrections.
Only UA *G are barred from UCs on domestic flights.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Only UA *G are barred from UCs on domestic flights.
I think this is the second time I have been corrected on this . So let's say I fly on LH a lot next year and get *G through them as well as have *G through UA (as I do now) could I still gain unfettered access to the UCs by using my *G acquired from LH?
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Old Sep 6, 19, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by nomad420 View Post
I think this is the second time I have been corrected on this . So let's say I fly on LH a lot next year and get *G through them as well as have *G through UA (as I do now) could I still gain unfettered access to the UCs by using my *G acquired from LH?
yes. A UA gold, plat or 1K doesnít have access to UA club on domestic itineraries. If you are *G on any other carrier, you do. The US is generally the only place where this is true, as they are also the only carriers that typically sell club memberships - the other carriers only use them for *G or those in premium cabin, and itís available on all flights.

AC is a bit of an oddball also, they sell memberships separately, but *G through AC gets MLL Access on both domestic and international itineraries.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 2:22 pm
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Originally Posted by nomad420 View Post
I think this is the second time I have been corrected on this . So let's say I fly on LH a lot next year and get *G through them as well as have *G through UA (as I do now) could I still gain unfettered access to the UCs by using my *G acquired from LH?
You can.

I did that for years with BD, then SK, then TK.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by emcampbe View Post


yes. A UA gold, plat or 1K doesnít have access to UA club on domestic itineraries. If you are *G on any other carrier, you do. The US is generally the only place where this is true, as they are also the only carriers that typically sell club memberships - the other carriers only use them for *G or those in premium cabin, and itís available on all flights.

AC is a bit of an oddball also, they sell memberships separately, but *G through AC gets MLL Access on both domestic and international itineraries.
Another anomaly is that a UA *Gold gets partner lounge access when flying UA domestic flights in the USA. [Of course so do all *A *Golds.]
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Old Sep 7, 19, 5:40 am
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Thanks for the replies
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Old Sep 7, 19, 1:36 pm
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I am a Star Alliance Gold through AC's Aeroplan.
Yes, as a non-UA Star Alliance Gold member, I can access United Club lounges on UA domestic (US) flights.
But not all UA lounge receptionists (in my experience) always remember the distinction - some have refused me entry until I had to go over with them the UA entry criteria for non UA Star Alliance Gold members.

Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Another anomaly is that a UA *Gold gets partner lounge access when flying UA domestic flights in the USA. [Of course so do all *A *Golds.]
Another thing of interest re: AC lounge access.
If one does not fly business class and if one does not have status, one can for a fee get lounge access.
However, that fee has to be paid on-line with on-line check-in; one can not pay for lounge access at the lounge reception desk!

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Old Sep 7, 19, 8:05 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyerGoldII View Post
I am a Star Alliance Gold through AC's Aeroplan.
Yes, as a non-UA Star Alliance Gold member, I can access United Club lounges on UA domestic (US) flights.
But not all UA lounge receptionists (in my experience) always remember the distinction - some have refused me entry until I had to go over with them the UA entry criteria for non UA Star Alliance Gold !
Doesnít scanning the BP at reception not work to allow access at a UA club?

My experience is as a UA Gold (in the past), but as long as the MP number was listed, just a scan of the BP on an eligible itinerary worked to grant access - didnít even have to be say, a US-Canada leg - even the BP for the domestic connector would grant access. Does that not work if your AP number is on the record and properly noted as a *G?
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Old Sep 7, 19, 8:27 pm
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As others have said, you can simply show the TK card to get access.

However presuming you haven't checked in yet you can also change the FF number on the booking to the TK one. You likely can't do this online (you can't on the UA side, but might be able to on the A3 side), but UA will be able to do it over the phone or at the airport as long as you haven't checked in yet.

This won't have any impact on the "payment" for the flights (ie, the A3 miles), nor will it impact earning (as there isn't any for a reward flight!) but will give full *G benefits.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 3:51 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Only UA *G are barred from UCs on domestic flights.
--> on domestic flights within the US.

One related point that I've heard some people get wrong is that when you travel domestically in other countries you do have lounge access as a UA *G. I use the NH lounge on domestic flights in Japan and the AC lounge in Canada. No international connection needed.
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