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    Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    Is there any way to get a no-annual fee/charges etc. Diners Club card just for lounge access?

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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    I have the Qantas Diners Card for this reason, but you will pay in some form or another.

    I only use my Diners for

    Paypal transactions
    Wednesday night dining 3 point per dollar
    Lounge access
    other than that it everything goes on the Amex and then if they don't take Amex I put it on the visa..

    When its comes around for renewal I will ask to cancel the card for I don't see the cost benefit to see if I can reduce the annual fee!!


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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    I have a fee free Diners (through my professional association) and keep it as:
    1) Free airport lounge access (not in Australia tho) and have 3 supplementary card holders
    2) 1.5 DC pts per $ spent (if Diners is accepted )
    3) Good transfer ratio to Starwood and Hyatt. (better than AMEX for the former, and not possible with AMEX for the latter)

    I stoped using my Diners 2-3 years back (apart from a monthly direct debit bill) went their computer update when hay wire for months and I had to fight for my points but might start using it again to build up some Hyatt and SPG pts
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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    Quote Originally Posted by kpc View Post
    I have a fee free Diners (through my professional association)
    Which professional association is that?

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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    It would be 1 of the medical societies or colleges.However they have all switched to Amex now.I still have a fee free AMA DC.
    Again I stopped using it at the same time as KPC because they really stuffed up the giving of points even though I had all my statements with earning.Never did get all the points I had earned so they no longer get my business.

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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    Quote Originally Posted by bazza View Post
    Which professional association is that?
    Quote Originally Posted by drron View Post
    It would be 1 of the medical societies or colleges.However they have all switched to Amex now.I still have a fee free AMA DC.
    AMA (Australian Medical Association). Unlike drron, after months of fighting with Diners and faxing in my statements, I got all my points (+ maybe 20K+ more due to their computer glitch which I saw as compensation for all my wasted time dealing with them!!) so I guess time heals, so to speak. Unfortunately, AMEX does not TF to Hyatt (and have no intention of doing so ), so the only way I can get Hyatt Gold Passport pts without staying at a Hyatt is via Diners...
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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    You could always keep it for a year then try to cancel. I know someone who tried to cancel twice and both times they just waived the fee. Quite keen to inflate cardmember numbers probably.

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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

    Is there a link where it shows the point conversions for diners club points to frequent flyer programs and hotel programs?

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    Re: Diner's Club just for Lounge Access

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    Is there a link where it shows the point conversions for diners club points to frequent flyer programs and hotel programs?
    Welcome to Diners Club Australia
    Go to online catalogue, select "travel" catalogue, then click "go".

    PS: the transfer can (and does) take up to 4 weeks.

    Not the best program out there and IMHO, TF to either Hyatt or Starwood seems the best bet (for my needs anyway). I think TF to Starwood is best, and then you can TF to various airlines with 5K bonus if you TF in multiples of 20K Starwood pts.
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    Thanks. I have a plat edge amex now. Is it worth getting a diners just for spg? And maybe even transfer to airline programs? I see that we can get 3 bonus points per dollar on some purchases which makes it 4 points per dollar. What is the annual fee? $77?

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