Citibank is giving a credit of 50% of the annual fee to AAdvantage Executive cardmembers. This is the card that comes with American Airlines Admirals Club membership.
Given the impact of COVID-19 on travel and the temporary closure of Admirals Club lounges, we are notifying eligible Citi / AAdvantage Executive cardmembers who had an open account as of March 31, 2020 and prior that we will be issuing a one-time courtesy credit of $225 upon card renewal.
Cardmembers will see the credit within two billing statements after the annual fee bills to their account. Citi, alongside our partner American Airlines, are looking forward to welcoming our cardmembers back to the Admirals Club lounges soon.
American Airlines DFW ‘A’ Concourse Admirals Club
A 50% credit of the $450 annual fee, or $225, is reasonable since paid Admirals Club members received a six month extension of their annual membership. It had been an open question how cardmembers with premium airline cards would be treated as American, United, and Delta all extended elite status and club memberships but none had addressed members who obtained their club membership via credit card annual fee.
So far neither Chase nor American Express have spoken to how they’ll handle United Club and Delta Reserve accounts, though it seems that the Citi-American approach since simple and straightforward could be easily adopted by other issuers. And offering this to cardmembers whose accounts were open by March makes sense, presumably these customers anticipated using the benefits they were paying for through the card while this doesn’t make getting the card now less expensive.
Citi also announced that flight discount certificates earned via spend on their primary consumer AAdvantage card, and companion certificates earned via their AAdvantage business card are being extended as well.
In addition, we’re pleased to offer a 6-month extension to Flight Discount certificates with an expiration between March 31, 2020 and May 31, 2021 held by existing Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select cardmembers. Also, existing Citi / AAdvantage Business Platinum cardmembers who hold a companion certificate with an expiration date of December 31, 2020 will receive a 6-month extension, with these certificates expiring on June 30, 2021.
I’ve confirmed that Barclays co-brand card companion certificates are being extended as well although I am still awaiting details.