Skip to content
Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Some Guy)   Break out those tiny violins, folks. The overcrowding in American Express Centurion Lounges is getting out of hand, which means Platinum card holders are having to endure the same things as other people such as long waits like common peasants   (liveandletsfly.com) divider line
    More: Sad, American Express, Credit cards, Centurion Lounge, credit card, Amex price, much difference, show lounge use, travel consultant  
•       •       •

1966 clicks; posted to Main » on 27 May 2022 at 12:19 PM (17 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



78 Comments     (+0 »)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2022-05-27 11:12:32 AM  
They need to raise the bar. Those are obviously not the classy clientele they imagine them to be.
 
2022-05-27 11:39:44 AM  
Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?
 
2022-05-27 11:42:47 AM  
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-05-27 12:05:33 PM  

Gubbo: Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?


Huh?

The only place I have been in years that doesn't accept Amex is my bike shop (which sucks, I spend a good bit there).
 
2022-05-27 12:08:42 PM  

OptionC: Gubbo: Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?

Huh?

The only place I have been in years that doesn't accept Amex is my bike shop (which sucks, I spend a good bit there).


Oh. Maybe this is living outside of the US. So many stores won't take Amex.
 
2022-05-27 12:10:13 PM  
We clearly need to print more money...

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-05-27 12:13:10 PM  

Gubbo: OptionC: Gubbo: Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?

Huh?

The only place I have been in years that doesn't accept Amex is my bike shop (which sucks, I spend a good bit there).

Oh. Maybe this is living outside of the US. So many stores won't take Amex.


In the US, it used to be about 20% or so of places wouldn't take Amex but now that the vast majority of restaurant and retail is either big corporate or is using a full-service POS provider (Square, Stripe or one of their zillion competitors) to handle transactions pretty much everyone takes Amex except for some weirdo local places (like my bike shop...)
 
2022-05-27 12:14:53 PM  
Why not upgrade your card so you can get into the Amex Legate Lounge and away from the poors?
 
2022-05-27 12:17:39 PM  

NewportBarGuy: We clearly need to print more money...

[Fark user image 850x592]


This has nothing to do with inflation - the extra people filling the lounges aren't paying the $695 annual fee at all.  Amex did this to themselves by creating all sorts of partnerships that give out platinum cards for free to the users and ended up devaluing their product and overfilling their lounges.

The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.
 
2022-05-27 12:21:58 PM  

OptionC: NewportBarGuy: We clearly need to print more money...

[Fark user image 850x592]

This has nothing to do with inflation - the extra people filling the lounges aren't paying the $695 annual fee at all.  Amex did this to themselves by creating all sorts of partnerships that give out platinum cards for free to the users and ended up devaluing their product and overfilling their lounges.

The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.


It has everything to do with inflation. Where the f*ck do you think the money came from? The Money Store?
 
2022-05-27 12:22:53 PM  
If you have a platinum card it comes with priority pass membership which grants you free access to a lot of airport lounges other than the centurion lounges.  I've used it a bunch.
 
2022-05-27 12:23:51 PM  

OptionC: NewportBarGuy: We clearly need to print more money...

[Fark user image 850x592]

This has nothing to do with inflation - the extra people filling the lounges aren't paying the $695 annual fee at all.  Amex did this to themselves by creating all sorts of partnerships that give out platinum cards for free to the users and ended up devaluing their product and overfilling their lounges.

The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.


I didn't even know or care about this until they told me I couldn't have it. Now it's the only thing I've ever wanted.
 
2022-05-27 12:24:11 PM  
I went to Universal Studios in March. The fast pass lanes were totally packed. There was no one with us in the pleb line. We rode everything all the time.
 
2022-05-27 12:24:18 PM  

OptionC: The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.


Well, not according to the article, due to his claim that "all card members spend that much easily". (Is that true jesus christ. i mean i guess if you put your mortgage payment on the card and buy everything with it?)
 
2022-05-27 12:25:22 PM  

OptionC: The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.


FTA: "But spending $75K is likely not all that hard for most cardmembers and I cannot imagine it will make a huge dent in guest access. "

Meanwhile, $75K exceeds my entire annual expenditure.

Are the airline lounges still closed and/or having lots of restrictions due to covid still? That could add to people flowing to the Amex ones.
 
2022-05-27 12:26:10 PM  

IRestoreFurniture: If you have a platinum card it comes with priority pass membership which grants you free access to a lot of airport lounges other than the centurion lounges.  I've used it a bunch.


Yup.  Have never flown Turkish Air, but their lounge grub is great.
 
2022-05-27 12:27:02 PM  
pbs.twimg.comView Full Size
 
2022-05-27 12:27:13 PM  
Well I'm certainly glad I quit using AmEx a decade ago. I can get high limits on any card, and AmEx customer service is crap. My last words to them were "If have to go through this much work to make you dispute a charge why am I paying you?" and I never looked back.
 
2022-05-27 12:28:04 PM  

jaycharms: IRestoreFurniture: If you have a platinum card it comes with priority pass membership which grants you free access to a lot of airport lounges other than the centurion lounges.  I've used it a bunch.

Yup.  Have never flown Turkish Air, but their lounge grub is great.


Never flown Alaska airlines but I totally recommend their lounge.
 
2022-05-27 12:28:26 PM  
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-05-27 12:32:32 PM  

jaycharms: IRestoreFurniture: If you have a platinum card it comes with priority pass membership which grants you free access to a lot of airport lounges other than the centurion lounges.  I've used it a bunch.

Yup.  Have never flown Turkish Air, but their lounge grub is great.


Have you ever spent time in a Turkish prison?
 
2022-05-27 12:33:43 PM  

proteus_b: OptionC: The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.

Well, not according to the article, due to his claim that "all card members spend that much easily". (Is that true jesus christ. i mean i guess if you put your mortgage payment on the card and buy everything with it?)


I have a pretty good micro-business (stand alone site and Etsy store) and I put all my materials, postage, processing fees and stuff through my AmX card for the cashback rewards. Cleared $100k on it last year. It's really not hard to do even for a very, very small business.
 
2022-05-27 12:34:12 PM  

OptionC: NewportBarGuy: We clearly need to print more money...

[Fark user image 850x592]

This has nothing to do with inflation - the extra people filling the lounges aren't paying the $695 annual fee at all.  Amex did this to themselves by creating all sorts of partnerships that give out platinum cards for free to the users and ended up devaluing their product and overfilling their lounges.

The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.


Amex is a charge card, and military personnel can't be charged annual fees. The lounges are full of soldiers and their families as well.
 
2022-05-27 12:35:12 PM  

Gubbo: Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?


I use my Amex (not platinum) virtually everywhere.  It is very rare that I find a place that does not accept it.
 
2022-05-27 12:35:14 PM  
The CLEAR® line at MCO last week was ridiculous. How can I jump in front of hundreds of people in line, if ten of you losers are in my way?
 
2022-05-27 12:36:51 PM  

NewportBarGuy: OptionC: NewportBarGuy: We clearly need to print more money...

[Fark user image 850x592]

This has nothing to do with inflation - the extra people filling the lounges aren't paying the $695 annual fee at all.  Amex did this to themselves by creating all sorts of partnerships that give out platinum cards for free to the users and ended up devaluing their product and overfilling their lounges.

The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.

It has everything to do with inflation. Where the f*ck do you think the money came from? The Money Store?


What money?

The biggest offender here is that Congress decreed that credit cards cannot charge annual fees to active members of the US military and Amex leaned into this so now every US servicemember with halfway decent credit now has a free Platinum card.
 
2022-05-27 12:37:52 PM  

trialpha: OptionC: The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.

FTA: "But spending $75K is likely not all that hard for most cardmembers and I cannot imagine it will make a huge dent in guest access. "

Meanwhile, $75K exceeds my entire annual expenditure.

Are the airline lounges still closed and/or having lots of restrictions due to covid still? That could add to people flowing to the Amex ones.


You're not a corporate traveler. 20k hotel bills are common.
 
2022-05-27 12:38:14 PM  

Obama's Left Nut: Gubbo: Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?

I use my Amex (not platinum) virtually everywhere.  It is very rare that I find a place that does not accept it.


Yeah I think this is an outside of America thing where a lot of places won't take Amex.
 
2022-05-27 12:38:14 PM  
When I flew to Chile recently, I went with my friend who has a card that gets her access to these and she was able to get me in with her. Apparently they are soon going to stop allowing "guests" -- I suspect because of complaints like this. That will get rid of everyone, even cardholders, who aren't either traveling solo or with their partner that they share a card with.
 
2022-05-27 12:38:47 PM  

proteus_b: OptionC: The $75K annual spending minimum to use the lounge starting in 2023 should drastically reduce the lounge crowds going forward.

Well, not according to the article, due to his claim that "all card members spend that much easily". (Is that true jesus christ. i mean i guess if you put your mortgage payment on the card and buy everything with it?)


The vast majority of these folks are people who travel for work and are on the road pretty much every business day. $250 a night for a hotel 200 or so nights a year, $1,000 a week in flights and you easily blow way past that number.
 
2022-05-27 12:39:32 PM  

Gubbo: OptionC: Gubbo: Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?

Huh?

The only place I have been in years that doesn't accept Amex is my bike shop (which sucks, I spend a good bit there).

Oh. Maybe this is living outside of the US. So many stores won't take Amex.


Karl Malden lied to us. He lied.
 
2022-05-27 12:40:52 PM  

Gubbo: Obama's Left Nut: Gubbo: Where do these people even find places that accept AMEX?

I use my Amex (not platinum) virtually everywhere.  It is very rare that I find a place that does not accept it.

Yeah I think this is an outside of America thing where a lot of places won't take Amex.


umm.... it is AMERICAN Express not rest of the world express.  To quote Ted Cruz "I am sorry you don't like american exceptionalism" or whatever dumb thing he said.

/that made me throw up in my mouth.
 
2022-05-27 12:44:43 PM  

thealgorerhythm: Well I'm certainly glad I quit using AmEx a decade ago. I can get high limits on any card, and AmEx customer service is crap. My last words to them were "If have to go through this much work to make you dispute a charge why am I paying you?" and I never looked back.


It'shiat or miss.  I've had ongoing issues that took like 4 weeks and 10 phone calls to sort out, but then there's things like this:

I bought a product online and it didn't meet my expectations.  I returned it but the seller was trying to withhold a 15% restocking fee.  I disagreed because basically the description of the product was fraudulent.  The seller refused to give me the full refund.

I called amex, they agreed that I was in the right but offered to just credit me the 15% at their expense.  I thanked them, but told them there was now way I was letting that scammer keep any money and pressed them to do a chargeback.   They did.
 
2022-05-27 12:50:15 PM  
"an urgent problem that must be addressed"
 
2022-05-27 12:53:42 PM  
Only allow in patrons into the centurion lounge who are dressed as actual centurions.

Problem solved.

You're welcome, America.
 
2022-05-27 12:56:12 PM  
Just last week after donating plasma to get enough money to pay my electric bill for the month, I went out onto a back country road. Fortune seemed to smile upon me when there was a roadkill squirrel there. Like any enterprising American, I went out to suck the bone marrow out of what was left, but there were already a crowd of 3 or 4 other people waiting to pick at it. Why would people even run over animals if they knew they'd be inconveniencing people like me who need the nutritional content of their bone marrow by drawing a huge crowd of likeminded people? Personally, I blame Joe Brandon for this incredible travesty of injustice. Now, if you'll excuse me, the surveys on Swagbucks just refreshed and I'd like to take enough surveys in the hopes of getting paid so I can afford a can of cola from the vending machine in the next hour.
 
2022-05-27 1:04:00 PM  
People who spend a lot of time in airports reeeeeeeeeeeally like their status perks.
 
2022-05-27 1:04:47 PM  
The Discover Card Lounge is in the middle of the baggage carousel, where you get pelted with peanuts and sprayed with a garden hose.
 
2022-05-27 1:05:11 PM  

Nimbull: [pbs.twimg.com image 567x426]


Why is that tardigrade bowing the wrong side of the bridge?
 
2022-05-27 1:07:37 PM  
I work in a movie theater, one time the cinema chain dropped AMEX and our customers complained about it. Head office bought back AMEX.
 
2022-05-27 1:07:52 PM  
Okay, this exchange in the comments with the author was pretty funny...
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-05-27 1:08:13 PM  
So, things suck because we've made too many people? In other news, water is wet.

Fark user imageView Full Size


/I'm glad I don't work in one of those lounges. The level of entitlement would create a near-constant urge to punch people in the face.
 
2022-05-27 1:09:26 PM  

thealgorerhythm: Well I'm certainly glad I quit using AmEx a decade ago. I can get high limits on any card, and AmEx customer service is crap. My last words to them were "If have to go through this much work to make you dispute a charge why am I paying you?" and I never looked back.


What? Amex is the gold standard of customer service, assuming you have something more than their most bare bones credit card. They will put the fear of god into a merchant if you need to, and will always have your back on any kind of dispute upfront.
 
2022-05-27 1:09:43 PM  

VoiceOfReason499: So, things suck because we've made too many people? In other news, water is wet.

[Fark user image 850x565]

/I'm glad I don't work in one of those lounges. The level of entitlement would create a near-constant urge to punch people in the face.


Statistically speaking, 6 people are peeing at the instant that picture was taken.
 
2022-05-27 1:10:25 PM  
I don't know if this is still the case, but I remember reading a few years ago that if you had an AmEx Blue Cash Everyday card (which has no annual fee), you could access the Centurion Lounge, but you had to pay a $50 cover charge.

I briefly considered it one time when I was waiting for a flight at SFO, but ultimately decided that a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones was a better long-term investment than any sort of lounge pass.
 
2022-05-27 1:11:18 PM  

Magnanimous_J: People who spend a lot of time in airports reeeeeeeeeeeally like their status perks.


Not false. Used to be a road warrior for work; anything that made the process slightly less shiatty was nice. BITD it was actually pretty fun, you met people, flight attendants and ticket clerks were mostly pleasant, and people were on their best behavior while flying. Screaming babies was the worst of it, but a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones did the trick.

Somewhere around 2010, it became a nightmare. Now I'd rather drive 12 hours then get on a plane.
 
2022-05-27 1:11:44 PM  
SergeantObvious: then

than
 
2022-05-27 1:12:54 PM  

anfrind: good pair of noise-cancelling headphones


SergeantObvious: good pair of noise-cancelling headphones


That's kind of a weird simulpost coincidence, isn't it?
 
2022-05-27 1:15:10 PM  

edmo: They need to raise the bar. Those are obviously not the classy clientele they imagine them to be.


I'm guessing there is a name for this phenomenon with programs such as these.  The actual 'classy' clientele who want a tightly controlled, quiet/private space for whatever thing it is they're doing or using (in this case flights and airports) have enough money/connections to just access that directly rather than relying on a corporate reward program to get it.  They can pay for charter flights, etc.  Then there are people who are lower income who don't expect that sort of treatment because they've never had it and don't realistically ever expect to.  That's most people, not just "low income" people.  Then you get the middle layer of people who feel entitled to belong to the first group, but are really in the second group, yet who rely on things like corporate reward programs to get a superficial taste of the experience.  Because the spaces and services that they occupy are filled mostly with other delusional people like themselves, it ends up being worse for everyone involved.
 
2022-05-27 1:17:33 PM  
This is the first time I realized that people use the platinum card for business expenses.  These are probably business travelers.  People who have to work.
 
Displayed 50 of 78 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.