American Express offering Continental / United lounge access to some Platinum Card holders…
American Express Platinum Card holders were disappointed to see they lost access to Continental Airlines Presidents Clubs (now United Clubs) at the end of September, as the new United / Continental decided to go with Chase for all credit card based lounge access.
Well, on FlyerTalk.com users are reporting American Express is buying full lounge memberships for select Platinum Card holders.
They are buying them a full one year US Airways Club membership card. That card is good for entry to all United and Continental airlines lounges.
This is separate from the access granted to US Airways clubs with the Platinum Card itself. With the special offer, American Express is paying for an actual membership as if you purchased one yourself, which then gives you access to United / Continental clubs because they are US Airways partners.
It’s not clear who is eligible — some are saying people who made purchases on their Platinum Card with Continental or United in the last year are eligible. Which means new applicants are not eligible for this benefit — it is an offer to retain existing card holders.
If you hold the Platinum Card now, it may be worth calling customer service at the number on your card to inquire. But note — this is a highly selective, targeted offer and NOT for new applicants.
Here’s a link to the discussion about the offer.