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Warning: Don’t lose your United Club membership card

by on Sun August 11, 2013 • No Comment

United Club membership cardWhy?

If you lose the membership card (shown on the right) and want a replacement United will charge you $50 just for the right to get a new one (details here).

That’s on top of the $395 you’re already paying for the United Club or Presidential Plus credit cards and their benefit of full United Club membership. And you can only get *one* replacement per year. Remember, the membership card for the United Club is a separately mailed card from the United Club credit card.

But…you should be aware the only time you need the full membership card is when you are not traveling on a United flight, or are trying to use a partner lounge not owned by United.

Otherwise, if you are using United lounges while flying a United flight just have them scan your boarding pass and you’ll have no need for the membership card itself.

The competing credit cards from Delta and American – the Delta Reserve and Citi Executive AAdvantage don’t have this issue because they don’t issue a separate membership card.

They have a drawback though. Since they don’t give you a membership card you don’t get full network club privileges. That means with the Delta and AAdvantage cards, you can only use clubs owned by Delta and American. You can’t use any partner lounges, which are a big help when you’re traveling overseas. That’s a distinction the United Club credit card offers, so it’s hard to throw stones at the competition.


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