I’m just leaving Vancouver after an amazing 36 hours here, and I’m now at YVR in the Premium Plaza Lounge waiting to take my flight to Seattle for the Seattle sessions this weekend. I was minding my business when an older gentleman looked over and [casually] asked me how I got into the lounge.
“You have an American Express Platinum card?”, he says.
“Yes, among other cards” I replied.
“You seem awfully young to have an American Express Platinum Card.”, he adds.
While the conversation was harmless, it got me thinking – was I just receiving a compliment implying that I look young for my age? Or was his comment an insult to my generation?
The funny thing is, it’s not the first time assumptions were made about my age and my standing in life.
For instance, as a United 1K, I board with group 1, and that line is often filled with businessmen in suits. I usually travel casually in jeans and a cute top, like any other gal in her 20s would do. More often than not, I have been told by a gate agent to “wait ’till my boarding group was called” when I joined that line.
Another example is one time I was entering a United Club, and before I even had a moment to hand over my boarding pass, the agent said, “Are you buying a day pass? You know it’s $xx, right?”
It’s annoying how people automatically assume that younger people naturally wouldn’t have “premium” credit cards and elite status of their own.
Has this happened to anyone else before? Would love to hear your thoughts and stories!