US Airways Club Cutbacks

They’re closing Las Vegas and reducing staff in Phoenix.

At some point the unique U.S. model where airline lounges are paid memberships rather than a perk of status, becomes no longer sustainable. Crowded rooms with insufficient furniture, virtually no snacks, pay cocktails, and without special services agents don’t make for an attractive sales proposition.

I realize that they’ve reduced their Vegas flying, and they claim they’re not seeing the usual staff attrition hence the need for Phoenix club layoffs.  But this is just another step n the US Airways model of catering less and less to the premium customer.  One less club in the US system, though no expected corresponding reduction in club membership fees…

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  1. The LAS club is outside security, which, given the at times unpredictable security lines, seems rather inconvenient.

  2. I would never bother paying money to belong to a US club. I think the only one making money is CLT because it’s the only airside place to smoke. An airside lounge in LAS would have been nicer when i used to be a red carpet club member, but now I so rarely fly through LAS it doesn’t really matter.

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