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Crossword Clue: Tour operator

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  • __ Tour (FedEx Cup org.)
  • __ Tour (links organization)
  • ___ Championship (annual August tournament)
  • ___ Championship (annual golf major)
  • ___ Championship: August golf tournament
  • ___ Championship (event since 1916)
  • ___ Championship (major golf tournament)
  • ___ Championship (one of golf's "majors")
  • ___ Championship (sports event held every August)
  • ___ Tour (circuit for Phil Mickelson)
  • ___ Tour (links organization)
  • Annual golf tourn.
  • Annual tourn. holder
  • Arnie’s org.
  • Augusta National org.
  • Gp. with many sub-par members
  • Gp. with putters
  • Duffer's org.
  • Grand Slam of Golf org.
  • Dustin Johnson's org.
  • Dustin Johnson's sports group: Abbr.
  • Eagle shooters' grp.
  • Holder of a Grand Slam event, for short
  • Green grp.?
  • Green jacket org.
  • Green org.?
  • Green org., as it were
  • Certain Grand Slam tourney
  • Iron-users' grp.
  • Iron workers' org.?
  • Fringe grp.?
  • Certain tour operator, briefly
  • Group for athletes who use putters and drivers: Abbr.
  • Group for athletes who use woods and irons: Abbr.
  • Group for Bubba Watson: Abbr.
  • Group for Bubba Watson and Adam Scott: Abbr.
  • Group for Jim Furyk and Jordan Spieth: Abbr.
  • Group of good drivers
  • FedEx Cup org.
  • FedExCup org.
  • Group that helps run the Ryder Cup matches: Abbr.
  • Group that Jordan Spieth belongs to: Abbr.
  • Group that oversees the Masters tournament: Abbr.
  • Group whose tours always have a really quiet crowd: Abbr.
  • Group with a crossed-club logo
  • Honda Classic org.
  • Grp. concerned with clubs
  • Grp. concerned with slicing and chipping
  • Grp. for Els
  • Grp. for great putters
  • Grp. for Love and Couples
  • Grp. interested in long drives
  • Grp. of people puttering around?
  • Grp. of swingers
  • Grp. that gives out cups for reaching cups
  • Grp. with holes in its organization
  • Grp. with many expert drivers
  • It claims to be the world's largest sport org.
  • Fuzzy Zoeller's org.
  • It holds an annual tournament every Aug.
  • Bubba Watson's group: Abbr.
  • Bubba Watson's org.
  • Geoff Ogilvy's org.
  • Couples' gp.
  • Couples grp.
  • Couples's org.
  • Its members are experts at driving: Abbr.
  • Its members often pitch
  • Its members use clubs at clubs: Abbr.
  • Course org.
  • Course overseer, for short
  • Its Shop sells umbrellas and flags
  • Its Web site has an "Improve Your Game" page
  • Its website has slicing-help videos
  • Ernie Els org.
  • Ernie Els's org.
  • Important golf tourn.
  • Important letters for Els
  • Club circuit?
  • Club discussed in clubhouses: Abbr.
  • Club owners' org.?
  • Club whose members use clubs: Abbr.
  • Club whose members use clubs at clubs: Abbr.
  • Club-wielder's club: Abbr.
  • Club wielder's club: Abbr.
  • Club wielders' gp.
  • Club wielders' grp.
  • Club with clubs: Abbr.
  • Club with clubs in its logo: Abbr.
  • Club with clubs in its logo
  • John Deere Classic org.
  • Expert putters' org.
  • Golf tour organizer: Abbr.
  • Golf tourn.
  • Jordan Spieth's gp.
  • Jordan Spieth's group: Abbr.
  • Jordan Spieth's org.
  • Golfers' group: Abbr.
  • Golfers' org.
  • Golfer's org.
  • Golfing body
  • Golfing initials
  • Daly's org.
  • Driver's gp.?
  • Drivers' org.
  • Drivers' org.?
  • Driver's org.
  • Drivers' tour?: Abbr.
  • Driving org.
  • Gp. concerned with flight, approach and landing
  • Gp. for good drivers
  • Org. with a lot of links on its website
  • Org. with a summer championship
  • Org. with a tee in its logo
  • Org. with a tour
  • Org. with aces and chips
  • Org. with an iron grip?
  • Org. with Eagles
  • Org. with lots of clubs
  • Org. with many links?
  • Org. with much swinging
  • Org. with no hackers
  • Org. with Open events
  • Org. with rules to govern its clubs
  • Org. with very few hackers
  • Org. with Woods and Els
  • Organization for athletes who use clubs, balls, and tees: Abbr.
  • Organization for Rory McIlroy: Abbr.
  • Organization for Tiger Woods: Abbr.
  • Organization for Tiger Woods and Adam Scott: Abbr.
  • Organization that features Woods, woods and woods
  • Organization that Tiger Woods belongs to: Abbr.
  • Organizer of one of four Grand Slam events: Abbr.
  • Vardon Trophy awarder: Abbr.
  • Vardon Trophy org.
  • The ___ Tour
  • Tour for drivers?: Abbr.
  • Tour for drivers?
  • Tour for Woods
  • Tour gp. with tees
  • "Tour" group
  • Tour group?: abbr.
  • Tour group for Phil Mickelson: Abbr.
  • Tour group for swingers?
  • "Tour" grp.
  • Tour operator
  • Tour organization for Tiger Woods: Abbr.
  • Tour organizer, for short
  • Touring group that Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods belong to: Abbr.
  • Touring pros' org.
  • Tourn. Nicklaus won five times
  • Tourn. won by Larry Nelson: 1981
  • Tourn. won five times by J. Nicklaus
  • Tour's major tourney
  • Putters' grp.
  • Putting expert's org.
  • Vijay Singh org.
  • Vijay Singh's org.
  • Player's grp.
  • Player's org.
  • Masters holder: Abbr.
  • Masters holder, briefly
  • Masters org.
  • Masters Tournament org.
  • Masters winner Jordan Spieth's org.
  • Kite's org.
  • Rory McIlroy's athletic organization: Abbr.
  • K.J. Choi's org.
  • Palmer's org.
  • Trevino won this tournament in '84
  • Trevino's org.
  • Links group that sponsors the last major championship of the year: Abbr.
  • Links letters
  • Links org. since 1916
  • Links org. that sponsors the last major of the year
  • Links tour org.
  • Wanamaker Trophy org.
  • On-course org.?
  • Mickelson org.
  • Mickelson's org.
  • Pavin's grp.
  • Mike Weir org.
  • One of golf's "majors"
  • One of men's golf's majors
  • Peete's org.
  • Miller, Barber et al.
  • Love's milieu
  • One of the majors
  • One of the men's majors
  • Lee Westwood's org.
  • Nick Price's org.
  • Nicklaus won it five times
  • Nicklaus's org.
  • Presidents Cup org.
  • Phil Mickelson's gp.
  • Phil Mickelson's group: Abbr.
  • Phil Mickelson's grp.
  • Phil Mickelson's org.
  • Phil Mickelson's tour gp.
  • Open organization, for short
  • Major for Mickelson
  • Pro golfer's org.
  • Prominent green org.?
  • Org. based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Org. based in Palm Beach Gardens
  • Org. behind Daly and Love
  • Org. concerned with course work?
  • Org. concerned with eagles and birdies
  • Org. concerned with holes and swings
  • Org. concerned with wedge issues?
  • Org. concerned with woods and irons
  • Org. connected with links
  • Org. for athletes who putt
  • Org. for Barber or Player
  • Org. for Bubba Watson
  • Org. for Corey Pavin
  • Org. for Couples and Love
  • Org. for Couples
  • Org. for drivers?
  • Org. for drivers
  • Org. for Els
  • Org. for expert putters
  • Org. for golfers
  • Org. for good drivers?
  • Org. for good drivers
  • Org. for Kite, Pate et al.
  • Org. for McIlroy and Donald
  • Org. for Mickelson and McIlroy
  • Org. for Miller and Barber
  • Org. for Nicklaus
  • Org. for Palmer
  • Org. for Phil Mickelson
  • Org. for Singh
  • Org. for Snead
  • Org. for some drivers
  • Org. for swingers?
  • Org. for swingers
  • Org. for the best drivers
  • Org. for The Shark and Tiger
  • Org. for Tiger
  • Org. for Tiger and The Shark
  • Org. for Tiger Woods: Abbr.
  • Org. for Tiger Woods
  • Org. for top drivers
  • Org. for Trevino et al.
  • Org. for Tway
  • Org. involving course work?
  • Org. offering member instruction, of course!
  • Org. playing the Doral
  • Org. that features driving
  • Org. that holds the Masters
  • Org. that keeps driving stats
  • Org. that won't abide hackers
  • Org. that's linked to links
  • Org. that's most likely to appreciate this puzzle?
  • Org. that's not for hackers
  • Org. where hackers can't hack it
  • Org. wherein you might work for your Masters?
  • Org. whose fans follow the links
  • Org. whose logo contains a tee
  • Org. whose logo features crossed clubs
  • Org. whose members are concerned with lies
  • Org. whose members are experts at driving
  • Org. whose members are teed off?
  • Org. whose members do a lot of driving
  • Org. whose members' lies are discussed on TV
  • Org. whose members may be putting on a show?
  • Org. whose members pursue eagles
  • Org. whose website has a lot of links?
  • Org. with a Champions Tour
  • Rickie Fowler's org.
  • Woods' org.
  • Ryder Cup co-administrating org.
  • Ryder Cup co-manager
  • Ryder Cup co-organizer
  • Ryder Cup gp.
  • Ryder Cup group: Abbr.
  • Ryder Cup org.
  • Ryder Cup organization: Abbr.
  • Ryder Cup partner org.
  • Watson's bailiwick
  • Watson's org.
  • Tway's org.
  • Spieth's org.
  • Website with a Find a Club page
  • Swingers' gp.?
  • Swingers' grp.
  • Swingers' org.
  • Weir's org.
  • Sports gp. with a tour
  • Sports group based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Sports group headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida: Abbr.
  • Sports group that awards the FedExCup: Abbr.
  • Sports group whose 2017 championship was won by Justin Thomas: Abbr.
  • Sports org. founded in 1916
  • Sports org. in which J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson play
  • Sports org. since 1916
  • Sports org. with a tour
  • Sports org. with pitching
  • Sports org.
  • Sports organization for players on the green: Abbr.
  • Sports organization for Rory McIlroy: Abbr.
  • Sports organization for Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia: Abbr.
  • Sports organization for Tiger Woods: Abbr.
  • Sports organization that Tiger Woods belongs to: Abbr.
  • Sports organization whose members hire caddies: Abbr.
  • Sports "Tour" grp.
  • Sports tour operator
  • Sports tour organizer, for short
  • Sports touring org.
  • Sportsmen's assn.
  • Tiger Woods' group: Abbr.
  • Tiger Woods' grp.
  • Tiger Woods' org.
  • Tiger Woods org.
  • Tiger Woods' organization: Abbr.
  • Tiger's gp.
  • Tiger's org.
  • U.S. Open org.
  • US organizer of the Ryder Cup: Abbr.
  • Snead's gp.
  • Snead's org.
  • Zoeller's gp.
  • Senior ___ Championship (tournament won by Colin Montgomerie in 2014)
  • Senior ___ Tour

Recent Usage of Tour operator in Crossword Puzzles

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  • Newsday - April 8, 2016
  • Universal Crossword - April 19, 2005
  • Universal Crossword - Oct. 12, 2002
  • New York Times - July 29, 1999

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Clue: Certain tour operator, briefly

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  • Sports org.
  • Drivers' org.
  • Links letters
  • Ryder Cup org.
  • Org. for drivers
  • Org. with Eagles
  • Jordan Spieth's org.

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  • Universal Crossword - Feb. 15, 2005

SPORTS TOUR OPERATOR Crossword Clue & Answer

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Tiger Woods made a highly anticipated return to action on Friday for the second round of the 2024 PGA Championship . He finished Round 1 with a 1-over-72 and looked to improve as many golfers did on Friday.

"I think that I've made a few cuts in a row, what was it, 140-some odd," Woods said to PGA after Round 1. "So you have to just grind it out. It's a marathon. Major championships are a long grind. It's just plotting along. It's not a sprint. It's just a grind."

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Kevin Elliott, the CEO of Code Four, speaks during a press conference about the Pacific Airshow in 2023 at Huntington Beach.

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The California Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted Tuesday in Sacramento to examine Huntington Beach’s multimillion-dollar settlement with Pacific Airshow operator Code Four.

The joint committee voted 10-2, with one abstention, to review the settlement that was agreed to last year.

Among the yes votes were state Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine), who requested the audit. Min represents a portion of Huntington Beach and has often been critical of its current conservative City Council majority.

Code Four sued for breach of contract after the final day of the 2021 Pacific Airshow was canceled due to an oil spill off the coast. Huntington Beach ended up settling with the air show operator for about $5 million , plus $2 million more if Huntington Beach recovers money in its own oil spill lawsuit.

“Like hundreds of businesses along the Huntington Beach coastline, there is no doubt that the Pacific Airshow lost revenue during the beach closures that followed the 2021 oil spill,” Min said in a statement following the vote. “But it is unclear that they were owed any damages from the city for its decision, made in conjunction with the state and the County of Orange, to shut down its beach. It is also unclear whether their lost revenues were anywhere close to the amount provided by the city’s settlement.

“At a time when public trust in the integrity of our governments is at an all time low, it is more critical than ever that we provide transparency and assure the public that their tax dollars were not used in inappropriate or illegal ways,” Min continued. “I’m grateful to my Democratic and Republican colleagues for voting to authorize this audit, which will hopefully get to the bottom of this.”

The committee vote happened a day after arguments were heard in Orange County Superior Court in Gina Clayton-Tarvin’s lawsuit against the city, and City Atty. Michael Gates, relating to the denial of her California Public Records Act request to release the full air show settlement to the public. A decision is expected soon from Judge Jonathan Fish.

Gates, as well as interim City Manager Eric Parra, represented Huntington Beach at Tuesday’s hearing in Sacramento.

Air Force Thunderbirds pilots step into their aircraft for a test flight during last year's Pacific Airshow preview event.

Parra said during his hearing comments that the air show was “vitally important” to the city but that Pacific Airshow operators had made it clear there would be no show in 2023 unless a settlement was reached, which the City Council voted to pursue.

“The city’s contention is that it was an appropriate settlement,” Parra said.

Gates said that negotiations spanned five months before the city settled in May 2023. He added that the California Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld that charter cities like Huntington Beach have the autonomy to spend their resources as they deem fit, when it comes to their own municipal affairs.

“We believe that as a matter of law, the requested audit is not justified or proper,” Gates said. “As a matter of fact, the record shows that the 2023 settlement with Pacific Airshow was justified, at least in public comments by the City Council, as a prudent decision to ensure future air shows and the related vast economic benefits to the city. And, as importantly, to avoid any risk associated with proceeding to trial.”

Min said during the hearing the audit request was simply about looking for information and transparency.

“I’m not making any determination as to whether this was a public gift,” he said. “We would just like information to start making that determination ourselves.”

State auditor Grant Parks said during the hearing that Clayton-Tarvin’s lawsuit shouldn’t impact the state’s ability to obtain the records it needs, but it could impact the level of specificity that a public audit report could get into.

He estimated the audit would take about 2,300 hours to complete.

There is no established timeline for the audit.

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Other loungers in the golden-lit, plant-lined, 21,800-square-foot space chatted over their breakfast, boozy or otherwise. At the elaborate main drink station that formed one wall of the lounge’s dining room, I chose the tap that promised cold brew, though spa water and a mysterious third spigot labeled only as “seasonal” beckoned. When I reached for what I thought was a straw, I pulled back a glistening tube of individually portioned honey, ready to be snapped into a hot cup of tea.

While I ate my breakfast—a brussels-sprout-and-potato hash with bacon and a poached egg ordered using a QR code, which also offered me the opportunity to book a gratis half-hour mini-facial in the lounge’s wellness area—I listened to the 30-somethings at the next table marveling about how nice this whole thing was. That’s not a sentiment you’d necessarily expect to hear about the contrived luxury of an airport lounge. In the context of air travel, nice has usually meant nice relative to the experience outside the lounge’s confines, where most of your choices for a meal are marked-up fast food eaten at a crowded gate, or the undignified menu truncation of a Chili’s Too.

American Airlines opened the world’s first airport lounge, then an invite-only affair for VIPs, in 1939. By the end of the 20th century, lounges had cemented their reputation as the domain of road warriors—mostly solo travelers headed to, say, medical-device sales conventions or engineering-job-site visits. The experience was less brussels-sprout hash and champagne and more “cheese and crackers and $5 beers,” Brian Kelly, the titular guy behind the Points Guy website (and arguably the most influential person in the travel-status game ), told me. But behind those generously staffed check-in desks, things have been changing. Private-lounge networks have rapidly expanded over the past decade, as scores of new travelers have begun demanding entry. What awaits inside is changing, too.

Perhaps the most salient characteristic of the modern airport lounge is that it is busy. According to one estimate, the number of fliers visiting lounges hit an all-time high in the summer of 2023, and this year’s vacation season appears likely to top it. As Americans have rushed back into travel after a pandemic lull, they’ve also rushed to apply for new credit cards, the fanciest of which promise bounties of travel-related perks, including lounge access. Now a broader cohort of fliers is squeezing in alongside the usual business travelers. This new group might be described as work-from-home travelers: people tapping away on laptops, trying to wedge in a few more emails or Zoom meetings around pleasure travel.

In the past year, for reasons both journalistic and personal, I’ve visited seven lounges across five cities. These rooms held the expected corporate types in company-issued quarter-zips, but also 20-something women in Taylor Swift tour merch, bros with tennis rackets protruding from their carry-on, and lots of young people with one AirPod in and their Zoom camera turned off.

The lounge’s booming popularity complicates its premise. This expanding group of high-spending customers is valuable to airlines, which operate most lounges, and to credit-card issuers, who have joined the lounge market with their own club networks. (High-fee credit cards, Kelly told me, have become the most common way for airline-perk neophytes to access lounges, no matter whether they’re run by airlines or banks.) But to attract these customers, lounge operators need to uphold the impression that lounges are exclusive—a special place far from the airport cattle call, not one crammed with too many other valued customers. The operators’ solution to this dilemma has been to build fast and build big, putting up huge, extravagant new clubs as quickly as the vagaries of airport construction will allow. Globally, more than 3,000 airport lounges are now open, with most major operators promising to add at least a few new locations this year.

Most of the existing lounges max out somewhere around the ambience of a Panera, with booze instead of lemonade. The food and drinks are free, and that’s usually their main selling point. With the new mega-lounges, though, airlines and credit cards alike talk a big game about their culinary acumen, cocktail programs, and spa amenities, which include massages, private showers, and manicures. In United Airlines’ new 35,000-square-foot, three-story lounge in Denver, one of its two bars evokes a brewery , complete with tasting flights from Colorado brewers. Delta is opening the first in a series of ultra-premium clubs in June : a 38,000-square-foot mega-lounge at New York’s JFK airport containing, among other things, a full-service French bistro. American Express’s largest-ever lounge, which opened recently in Atlanta, has a backroom whiskey bar, a menu designed by a celebrated local chef, and 4,000 square feet of outdoor space from which loungers can watch planes roll by.

You could dismiss the amenities arms race as an absurd exercise in flattering wealth’s vanity—it is. But that flattery is so effective because lounges offer a solution to a real set of problems. In the past few decades, air travel in the United States has become notably worse . Airlines have shrunk seats, increased fees, and pushed a larger proportion of passengers toward expensive tickets that offer more room and better service. At the same time, tickets at the back of the plane have become much less expensive, which has increased overall demand. Americans took 665 million flights in 2000, and by 2019, that number had increased to more than 925 million. On top of this, American airports are pretty old, and many need serious upgrades to handle the passenger volume more comfortably.

Airlines profit from these conditions, but they still have to keep their most profitable customers happy. Lounges go a long way toward placating frequent fliers. They are, on some level, a decent deal for all involved: Private companies shoulder the cost of building them. They cater to people who endure the indignities of air travel most often. For many of those people, the pricey fees probably do save money over time, relative to how often they’d otherwise buy astronomically marked-up food from airport vendors. And the clubs tend to get put in inconvenient spots, which should theoretically help ease overcrowding at the gate, or at least move some of the fussiest passengers to their own containment area.

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More curious is the fact that credit-card companies are making the effort to launch entire lounges themselves, competing against airlines when they already partner with airlines to get cardholders into existing lounges. A lounge is, by all accounts, a huge money sink—even besides the cost and red tape of building within an airport, making people feel special requires an army of workers available 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyone I spoke with at companies that run lounge networks said some version of We do not view the lounges as revenue opportunities.

illustration of table cluttered with sushi, cocktail, passport, boarding pass, oysters, champagne bottle in bucket, credit card, seen from above

Lounges are, however, a great incentive to sign up for credit cards. As people’s day-to-day financial lives become more cashless, credit-card issuers are battling one another to win over customers and encourage them to swipe as much as possible, Joseph Nunes, a marketing professor at the University of Southern California, told me. One big reason: interchange fees. Card issuers take a cut of the purchase price from sellers every time a card is used, and that cut tends to be larger for more premium cards. Frequent pleasure travelers are a creditor’s dream: They are wealthier than the average American, they do a lot of discretionary spending, and they pay their bills on time. Lounges have already succeeded at enticing this group to sign up for airline-specific credit cards, so card issuers have taken the next logical step: lounges for people who aren’t quite road warriors and who may not be devoted to any particular airline, but who want perks all the same.

Controlling an entire lounge, stamped with an enormous company logo, is a play for what marketers call brand affinity. “It solidifies our relationship with our customers,” Audrey Hendley, the president of American Express Travel, told me. Those customers might visit a lounge only a few times a year. But if everything goes according to plan, those visits are one of the reasons they love their Amex Platinum or Chase Sapphire card and use it for everything, even though they’ve got three or four others they could pull out of their wallet.

Of course, the genuinely wealthy still need to be convinced that they’re more special than the rest of us. Credit-card companies have been ready to oblige with even more layers of exclusivity. Chase’s LaGuardia lounge is open to anyone who pays a $550 annual fee for the right credit card , but the private suites inside, which include a palatial bathroom and all the seafood towers you can eat, cost up to $3,000 for a three-hour visit. This is part of what Nunes called the further tiering of society, fueled by the incredibly granular financial-data profiles that companies can now make of their customers. “We really say, ‘Where are consumers spending, who are the consumers that are the most profitable for me, and how should I treat them?’” Nunes told me. “We’re going to see further and further discrimination by firms, I think, in treating their most profitable customers the best.”

Credit-card perks have proved such an effective way to lure high-income customers that the airport lounge has begun to make its way outside the airport. Card issuers now commonly sponsor VIP areas at concerts and sporting events, especially those that appeal to high spenders. American Express and Chase offer members-only lounges at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The Sundance Film Festival has had a Chase Sapphire lounge for years. And although it can seem silly to get excited about entry to a VIP area, few people are immune to the charms of more places to sit down, shorter lines for cleaner bathrooms, and a couple of free drinks.

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Even if you never have entered or never will enter an airport lounge, the perks arms race affects your daily life. More premium-card use means higher fees for retailers, and those fees then get baked into the prices everyone pays—an easier task for large sellers, who usually pay less for their goods than mom-and-pop stores. (A recent settlement in a class-action suit against Visa and Mastercard could lower and cap these fees while allowing retailers to charge customers with premium cards extra.) Meanwhile, many card issuers have also begun to experiment with opening places that target other tiers of customers too. Capital One now operates more than 50 cafés that are open to the public, which seem aimed at the kind of young, laptop-lugging workers who might someday be high earners but for now just need a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. In addition to baristas, these spaces have “ambassadors” and “mentors” available to guide patrons through the bank’s range of services while they sip their lattes. These cafés, like the airport lounges, are money sinks. But Kelly told me that it’s a mistake to think about banks the way we think about other consumer-facing businesses. “Look at the earnings reports of any of the credit-card companies,” he said. “This is a drop in the bucket.”

In February, I visited American Express’s Centurion New York club in Midtown Manhattan. The space, which uses the entire 55th floor (and one dedicated express elevator) of the new One Vanderbilt skyscraper on 42nd Street, is the first of its kind for the company. It is, in some sense, a Capital One café for people already very comfortable with the services offered by their preferred financial institutions. A few tables in some of its spaces can be reserved by the general public, but no one there will sell you a new credit card or recommend a loan for your small business. The club’s best nooks and crannies, including a large corner table with clear views of much of the city’s skyline, are reserved for those who carry the company’s invite-only Centurion Card, which is rumored to require at least $500,000 in annual charges for membership. One Centurion-exclusive bar gives you a view from heaven down onto the Art Deco curves of the Chrysler Building below, as though you are a god yourself.

This article appears in the June 2024 print edition with the headline “The Airport-Lounge Arms Race.”

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