Continental has sold lifetime Presidents Club memberships for a long time now, with prices ranging from $4,600 (for Platinum members) to $5,900 (for general members). United hasn’t sold lifetime memberships since I’ve been flying with them, though now that United and Continental are matching status in each others programs, United 1Ks can buy lifetime “United Club” memberships for $4,600.
I’m pretty torn as to whether this is a good deal or not. On one hand the thought of paying $4,600 now to ensure I have access to cereal and snack mix at airports for the rest of my life is absurd. On the other hand, I’m young and could get a lot of use out of a membership, and as a frequent flyer, lounge access is a must if for nothing other than a quiet place to work. Right now I’m still able to get access to Red Carpet Clubs through Gold status with Star Alliance partner airlines, though who knows for how much longer that will be practical. Not factoring in time value of money, and assuming I could get 50 years of use out of this, that’s less than $100/year. But those are two huge asterisks. While I think I’ll be flying United for the next 50 years, that could change any moment. Besides, eventually I’ve gotta get tired of flying, right?
In the end I probably won’t do it, though I am ever-so-slightly tempted.
So, is anyone else going to spring for it? Or at least a little bit tempted?