Tomorrow marks the final opportunity to purchase lifetime membership to the newly-branded United Clubs through Continental Airlines. As of today, the lifetime membership options have been removed from Continental's site, but will still be available for purchase over the phone through 30 September. At a cost between $4,600 (for Platinum members) and $5,900 (for general members), the price is steep, but it is something to seriously consider if you plan on traveling (like me) for the next half century.
I ultimately chose not to purchase lifetime airport lounge membership because I fly enough to earn Star Gold status each year with bmi, giving roughly me the same benefits. While United and Continental lounges are certainly better than the waiting for flights at the gate, I simply could not stomach paying out over $4,000 for something that I do not value at more than $400 per year. Maybe in 10 years when I am paying $1,000/year for membership I will look back with regret, but I doubt it.
United debuted the new "United Club" today that now replaces the Continental President's Club and United "Red Carpet Club". Does that not strike you as a dull and uninspired name...what was wrong with Red Carpet Club?