Access to AA lounges on YUP/KUP fares? I have no status

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  1. reductionist

    reductionist Active Member

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    Hi,

    I'm booking a few YUP/KUP fares on AA in March 2011.

    1. Mon March 07: LAX-ORD-MIA-SKB
    2. Wed March 09: SKB-MIA-ORD-LAX
    3. Sat March 19: SFO-DFW-EWR
    4. Sun March 20: EWR-DFW-LAX
    I'm currently a QF QC bronze member.

    I have some questions regarding access to AA lounges.
    1. I made the assumption that as a First passenger on these flights I'd have access to the AA lounges. I checked the AA site this morning and it appears I'm incorrect. Can someone confirm this?
    2. After returning from SKB (2nd flight listed above) I will have earned enough SC to qualify for QF Gold. This theoretically gives me access to the business lounges operated by AA. However, is it correct to assume the SC for these flights won't be credited for a few weeks and therefore I will not be allocated Gold status until after I return to Australia potentially?
    3. Since access to the lounges will be pretty important to me and I may need to resort to buying day-passes, am I able to walk up to the AA lounge reception desk and organise it there? Or is this something that is best done in advance?
     
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  2. ozmille

    ozmille Established Member

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    I thought that as YUP/KUP are booked in A class and I class to SKB you would be entitled to lounge access.
    Planning a YUP for next year as well so would be interesting to find out what the rules are.
     
  3. straitman

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    This part provides the answer you are looking for.

    Your QC membership gets you into the AA Admirals Clubs.




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  4. reductionist

    reductionist Active Member

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    I am not able to post links here as my post count isn't high enough yet. However if you google for "admirals club lounge access" the first result outlines how to get access.

    Seems as a First passenger you get access to the lounges for "trans continental" flights only?
     
  5. mannej

    mannej Senior Member

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    I thought being a QP member it granted you Admiral's Lounge access, provided you were flying on AA metal?
     


  6. trippin_the_rift

    trippin_the_rift Established Member

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    Your Qantas Club membership will get you into AA lounges when flying AA.

    For first class lounges (ie: LAX) YUP/KUP books into P class, which is a first class booking fare - so I would assume that it would get you in...
     
  7. reductionist

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    Oh, awesome. Duh. Thanks for the quick response everyone.

    Can anyone confirm that SC earned on AA flights take a few weeks to be credited to QFF accounts?
     
  8. Hawkeye

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    Even that's not good enough - you need to be on a full-fare first ticket, which implies, for AA, F or Z inventory. A class, into which AONEx's (first-class oneworld explorers) also doesn't provide access, and the check-in agent will often write "A class" in bold letters across the boarding pass.

    As mentioned though, is academic, as the OP can gain entry via his QP membership.

    AA flights will generally post to your activity statement within a couple of days.
     
  9. reductionist

    reductionist Active Member

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    Thanks Hawkeye. :)
     
  10. straitman

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    They can take up to a couple of weeks though they are often quicker.

    Usual rule of keep your boarding passes applies.



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  11. dfcatch

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    As Hawkeye said, for the Flagship lounges you need to be OW Emerald, or F/Z inventory on transcontinental 3-class flights, or international.

    That said, you're not missing much by being in the standard Admirals Club. The Flagship lounges are not much of a step up, basically just some free food (basic but YMMV).

    And as a QC member you'll still receive the drink chits which entitle you to premium drinks from the bar :)
     
  12. simongr

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    Drinks are now free in the Admirals Club.
     
  13. dfcatch

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    Only for basic "well" drinks. Still need to pay cash or use the drink chits for premium drinks or bottled water.
     
  14. reductionist

    reductionist Active Member

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    Nice nice.

    Actually, all I'm really concerned about is having somewhere comfortable to sit and do some work on my laptop. Free drinks & snacks are a bonus.

    I'm scheduling around 2-3hrs at each connection to account for random flight delays and what not. Would rather not be spending this time in the regular lounges. :)
     
  15. Bundy Bear

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    #15 Bundy Bear, Dec 8, 2010
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    Your Qantas Club membership will gain you entry to the Admirals Club lounges when flying AA.

    Just make sure you have flown the 4 Qantas segments before your AA segments for that membership year, if you want to go from Bronze to Silver then to Gold.

    I have had the AA segments in less than 24 hours.

    You should receive 2 drink chits per lounge visit, and are only available for that lounge, usually they add a stamp. SFO I only received one.

    They now have the light beers and house wines available for free.
    DFW AA lounges is Miller lite and coors lite from a bottle in the AC lounge at SFO.

    You can use a drink chit to buy bottled water; or you can pay $2.00.

    The drink chit is separate from the tipping part.

    Wifi is not included when you visit an AC lounge, except the one in LA when departing on a Qantas flight to Australia.
     
  16. simongr

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    It might be worth buying a prepaid card for Tmobile internet access in the lounges - you could then use it in multiple lounges on the same day.
     
  17. moa999

    moa999 Senior Member

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    Is one still getting the chits as WP/SG/QC member??
     
  18. reductionist

    reductionist Active Member

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    Ahh crap. I didn't realise internet access wasn't included. Thanks for the heads up guys.
     
  19. straitman

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    A good summary BB.

    The only thing I would add is that you can go back and get extra drink chits. :D
     
  20. Bundy Bear

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    Yes. :cool:

    There is a few computers, and you can pay for the 24 hour T mobile access.
     

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