The Airport Lounge Perk

An airport lounge is something you can buy a day pass for $59/day. Let’s say you take two there and back trips a year with no layovers that’s only $236 well under the $450 a year from the Citi AAdvantage Card. I get it lounges, TSA Precheck, and getting extra free checked bags are nice, but it muddies the waters of spending calculations. It should be clear how much benefit you are going to get from something for the yearly price and how long you are going to need that benefit.

An airport lounge is something you can buy a day pass for $59/day. Let’s say you take two there and back trips a year with no layovers that’s only $236 well under the $450 a year from the Citi AAdvantage Card. I get it lounges, TSA Precheck, and getting extra free checked bags are nice, but it muddies the waters of spending calculations. It should be clear how much benefit you are going to get from something for the yearly price and how long you are going to need that benefit. If you are a business traveler and you like having the lounge access it is completely not worth going the crypto debit card route (although you can least sell the crypto if a change in career happens and you no longer want to pay an annual credit card fee for lounges – which were closed for the majority of Covid). These “lounges” offered by cryptocards Crypto/Binance are Loungekey offerings which are completely subpar compared to United Polaris, American Airlines Admiral’s Clubs, and Delta Skyclubs. The rooms or gaming chair are available for one hour with Loungekey and charged thereafter at a rate of $32 or more. No bars and food and not offered in many major airports with layovers.

The difference is best described in pictures. Loungebuddy is a great resource if you want to check the clubs beforehand in choosing whether or not this splurge is worth it. I’d say it’s a matter of personal preference, but to advertise these cards like they are equal is deceptive at best and downright embarrassing.

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