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Rumors have been swirling about this for days. Citibank just confirmed it for me.
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® cardmembers have long enjoyed Admirals Club® access and now for the first time, authorized users on the account will too, even when traveling alone.
I carry the $450 annual fee card because it’s a cost-effective way to buy American Airlines Admirals Club access, and because it lets me spend $40,000 and earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles. I always think I’m going to need those miles to re-qualify for elite status (even though I don’t wind up needing them) and it’s cheaper and easier than mileage running.
Additional cardholders on an account come at no fee. So get your spouse, significant other, whomever a card and they can access American’s lounges even when traveling alone.
The primary cardholder gets their card membership linked to their AAdvantage account, so club agents can look up membership with an AAdvantage number. (Primary cards also have “Admirals Club” stamped on the back.) Additional cardholders have to show their card and government ID for access.
As someone who flies American Airlines regularly, I place a high value on lounge access. It’s the people who keep me going especially during irregular operations, going above and beyond to get me where I’m going. As a result I’m very interested in the best way to get American Airlines club access.
For instance, agents have regularly double booked me giving me ‘backup’ flights just in case I misconnect. And I’ve even gotten a proactive call from a lounge about a delay, they had booked me as a backup on a new flight (that had looked sold out to me, and it was the last one of the night). And I’m not a Concierge Key member.
Entrance to American Airlines Admirals Club Austin
Admirals Club membership normally runs $400 – $500. For most people the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard just makes sense. And that was before the new authorized cardmember access benefit!
Even an Executive Platinum member renewing a membership for themselves and a spouse or domestic partner would pay American $525. That same member can get this card for less (and have more than one authorized user gain access to the club).
Buenos Aires Admirals Club
Putting Green, American Airlines Admirals Club Austin
US airlines only charge for club access via historical accident but since they do this will be a great way for many to access the lounge.
Of course the Citi Prestige Card offers Admirals Club access when flying American same-day as well.
Citi Prestige also gets you lounge access via the Priority Pass Select card, but is even better because it includes free guest access as well. And the card’s annual fee credit can be used directly for airfare, no need to mess around with gift cards. You even get free rounds of golf. Many will get $3000 in value for the $450 fee in year one with the card.