Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.
I made a stupid rookie mistake and it resulted in my having to turn on my heels and do the “walk of shame” out of the American Admiral’s Club this past weekend. What was the simple mistake I made you ask?
Well you see I am privileged to be an authorized user on a buddy’s Citi AA Executive card and this allows me, when I present the card to AA agents, to simply walk in to an Admiral’s Club Lounge. I don’t even have to be flying AA to get in and can even bring in two guests (or my family) with me. That is really a heck of deal. But the key part of all of this is you must have the card with you and I had forgotten it at home. – Doohhhhh!
This really was most disappointing after a number of very pleasant AA flights to be denied entry into their clubs along the journey. To be fair, the AA reps really tried for a workaround (and apparently there is one) but I would have had to have shown an ID that I lived at the home of the primary user. Well, that I did not have with me or at home so it was time for plan B!
Since I was in LAX I took the very long underground walk from
T2 (edit: T4 – I think) all the way to T6 where I popped up above ground level and entered the Alaska Boardroom with my Priority Pass card from my Chase Sapphire Reserve card. In all honestly the walk did me good so when all is said and done no big deal really – but still it bugged me that AA had no workaround for this predicament I had made for myself and found myself in.
Now don’t think this is just AA’s rule as Delta has the exact same rule for Delta AMEX Reserve Card holders with a Reserve card as authorized user (cost is $175 per user btw). As you can see from the online AMEX chat they also state that you must present the card to enter the Sky Club (and Delta will back them up on this). The downside with the AMEX card is that you do not get to bring any guests along with you like the AA Executive card includes into the AA clubs.
Bottom line, there are any number of different cards that can get you into either airline or private lounges but if you want in you better have the card in your wallet ready to present at the door. Rookie lesson learned! – René
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