If you have the fancy AMEX only card you can get into the Centurion (I think) lounges they have at some big airports. But its usually only the big dog $500+ a yr AMEX only cards, not co-branded. Basically so many people have cards, status, flying that the system cant handle it. So instead of building more, they nerf the perks to get people out of the perks. I understand it, but I dont have to like it. Getting status is really only good to make the miserable flying experience of today a little better.