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12 Airport Lounge Passes (up to $600 value) for $32.94 (+ certified mail cost) with an AMEX credit card

12 Airport Lounge Passes (up to $600 value) for $32.94 (+ certified mail cost) with an AMEX credit card

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Link:  American Express Executive Privilege Club

Link:  American Express Executive Privilege Club (2 month offer)

Update:  From January 1, 2013 you are limited to only ONE lounge reimbursement per month, which greatly reduces the value of this offer.

Via Travel & Credit, you can potentially get up to 12 airline lounge passes (up to $50 each) or $600 total + 12 1-day gym passes (up to $25 each) within 1 year.

They also throw in 2 $100 Restaurant.com coupons.

United First Class Lounge
Emily in the United First Class Lounge

[The picture above is of Emily in the United First Class lounge in Chicago.  However, United doesn’t sell 1 day passes to the First Class lounge, but does sell day passes to their regular lounges]

What it costs

It costs $2.99 for a 2 month trial and $29.95 after that (which will be automatically charged to the card which you use to sign-up) for the full year of membership.

So the total cost for 12 lounge passes is $32.94 ($29.95 + $2.99) plus the cost of mailing your receipts via certified mail (~$3 to $4 each).

This is a great deal, because each lounge pass usually costs $50 each!

The catch:

  • You have to sign-up and pay for the Skyguide’s Executive Privilege Club using an American Express credit card
  • You have to buy the lounge or gym pass yourself using an American Express credit card
  • You can’t buy a pass for a friend or family member.  It has to be in your name
  • You can only get reimbursed for 1-day passes, not full lounge membership
  • You then have to mail your receipt via certified mail within 30 days to Skyguide’s Executive Privilege Club and wait to get reimbursed

I like airport lounges because they are quiet places in airports, away from the main waiting area,  where I can get a drink or snack and use the free wi-fi to get some work done while I am waiting for my flight.

But there is NO way that I would pay ~$500 for annual lounge membership.  Or even $50 for a 1-day pass because I like to have Big Travel with Small Money.

Here is more information on the Alaska AirlinesAmerican Airlines, Delta, United, and US Airways lounges.

How to use with lounge benefits from other credit cards

This could also be useful for those of you who have the American Express Platinum credit card which gives you access to American Airlines, Delta, and US Airways lounges, but not to United lounges.  You can now buy a United l-day pass and get reimbursed for it.

What am I doing?

I signed up both Emily and I for membership (remember only the member can get reimbursed so I can’t buy a pass for Emily and get reimbursed from my account) and will see if we get reimbursed for the lounge passes.  To a certain extent, it really does seem too good to be true that we’d be reimbursed $600 for 12 lounge passes for only $32.94 in membership fees!

However, there is a detailed post in MilePoint explaining how the program works which reassures me that the program may be legitimate.

I haven’t yet submitted a reimbursement request, but will keep you posted when I do.

Bottom Line:  I like visiting lounges, but wouldn’t pay the ~$500 for regular lounge membership.  But I would certainly pay $32.94 for membership in the Skyguide’s Executive Privilege Club and hope to get reimbursed!

If you do sign-up don’t forget to use an American Express credit card to sign-up AND when you buy the lounge passes.

Please let us know if you’ve used this program and have got reimbursed for your lounge access.

Update:  From January 1, 2013 you are limited to only ONE lounge reimbursement per month, which greatly reduces the value of this offer.

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I bought a membership in March of 2012. I took advantage of a sale and bought several one-day passes to the Admiral’s Club for an upcoming trip. When I turned in the receipts (shortly after purchasing the passes), they asked me to re-submit the receipts AFTER the trip (even thought I purchased them a few months in advance). I did so and was reimbursed. However, they never asked for proof of my trip. No need to send a copy of the boarding pass, etc. In other words, it seems like one could buy a pass a month and get reimbursed if they sent in a “tentative” trip, since they do not verify whether you actually traveled or not.

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@Greg – Thanks for confirming that it still works.

@Carlos
– Very interesting!

I purchased the 19.99 deal last year in February. I just tried the same offer and it went through. Got an email confirming and also was able to access my account online. The account number is the same as before(??) and now shows an expiration date of April 24, 2014. I paid with a Chase Visa.

@Daraius – can you purchase a lounge pass online in one calendar month but use it later. This way you can purchase a pass in Feb (for example) and then purchase another one in March but use them both in March during the same trip. As far as the rules go, they only reimburse you one per calendar month but don’t limit you on when to use them, correct?

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@rilys – I don’t have personal experience with this, but they may reimburse you even if you don’t use the lounge pass.

Ca we get reimbursed for buying one day passes online such as for admirals club or does it have to at the lounge itself?

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@EDWARD @cyclotron – I believe you should be able to get reimbursed for 1 pass a month bought online, but I haven no personal experience.

Anyone tried the 19.99 offer link above recently? It says it’s way expired but it still looks active…

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