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Update on 12 Lounge Passes for $32.94 (+ Certified Mail Cost) With an AMEX Credit Card

Update on 12 Lounge Passes for $32.94 (+ Certified Mail Cost) With an AMEX Credit Card

Million Mile SecretsUpdate on 12 Lounge Passes for $32.94 (+ Certified Mail Cost) With an AMEX Credit CardMillion Mile Secrets Team

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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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Link:  American Express Executive Privilege Club

On March 1, 2012, I wrote about the Executive Privileges Club where 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 and have Big Travel with Small Money.

The cost of joining the Executive Privileges Club is just $2.99  for a 2-month trial and $29.95 per year after that (which will be automatically charged to the card which you use to sign-up) for the full year of membership.  Add in a few dollars to send the receipts via certified mail for reimbursement.

You can get up to 12 passes reimbursed per calendar year, so if you sign-up now, you can get up to 24 lounge passes for just 1 year’s fee.

I like airport lounges because I can get free wi-fi, comfy chairs to sit in, and a (relatively) quiet place to get work done.

Cheaper Option

The International Line has a great post on MilePoint summarizing the program and includes a link to a cheaper option for only $19.99 and which does NOT auto renew your application each year.  But you have to wait a week or 2 to get enrolled.

My Experience

I signed up for the Executive Privileges Club on February 28, 2012, using the instant enrollment link.  My American Express card was charged $2.99 for a 2-month trial, and I expect to be charged $29.95 after that.

I then clicked on this link to get immediate access to my membership information.  I also got an email a few hours later with my membership number.

I then went online and purchased 1 Delta 1-day lounge pass, 1 United 1-day lounge pass, and 1 American Airlines 1-day lounge pass.  I used an American Express card to purchase the passes because the terms require you to use an American Express card.

After that, I immediately filled out the reimbursement form and mailed the 3 receipts in one envelope via certified mail the next day i.e. March 1, 2012.

On March 27, 2012, or after 4 weeks, I received my membership information packet in the mail.  And on April 2, 2012, I received a check reimbursing me for all 3 passes!

I’m thrilled that this works, because I’d rather fill out the reimbursement forms and mail them in instead of paying hundreds of dollars for lounge access.  In any case, I don’t travel much domestically and 12 lounge passes for $33 is really hard to beat!

Emily had to make a last minute trip last week, and I’ll send in her receipts for reimbursement later this week.

However,  if you sign-up for the Executive Privileges Club, do keep in mind that your information may be used to send you information for products which you don’t need.  So far, I’ve received a few emails from American Express publishing for Travel & Leisure magazine.

Bottom Line:  You don’t need to spend Big Money to get access to an airport lounge, which are quiet places in airports away from the main waiting area,  where you  can get a drink or snack and use the free wi-fi to get some work done while waiting for flights.

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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Can you still sign up for the Executive Privileges Club for
12 lounge passes for $33?

So can I just buy a pass online each month for a year or do I have to actually purchase the pass at the airport to get reimbursed?

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@Peter – I’ve been reimbursed for a pass online, but don’t know about recent experience.

I tried submitting an application using the link provided. There is an offer for 2 restaurant gift cards and a 2 month trial membership for $2.99. I didn’t receive a confirmation email after a couple days and called customer service. I was told they had no information regarding my account. So I just tried it again. I have not received a confirmation email, so I was wondering if you knew if the application is no longer valid. Thanks!

This seems like a great deal. Just one quick question. The terms currently state that you can’t send in your receipt for reimbursement until AFTER you have USED the lounge pass. Does anyone know if this is true? I don’t see how they can tell if you’ve used the pass or not. Also, if you purchase a pass in person at the airport, can you purchase passes for future dates?

Thanks for your help!

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@CuriousFlyer – I don’t know because I haven’t tried! Please let us know if you do.

The links pull up but I don’t think that the offers are available anymore.

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@AV – Interesting. What happens when you submit the form?

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