As of May 1, 2013, American will be increasing the cost of Admirals Club memberships for elite members by $25-50. The cost for base AAdvantage members remains the same at $500, while it goes up by $50 for AAdvantage Platinum and Executive Platinum members, and up by $25 for AAdvantage Gold members.
I don’t think I’ve ever discussed this, but I’ve always found it interesting that airlines offer discounts on club members to elite members. Yes, I think the underlying reason for doing so is obvious, but at the same time isn’t the willingness of an Executive Platinum to pay much higher than that of a base member that may only fly a few times a year?
Anyway, if you do have an Admirals Club membership it makes sense to renew before May 1 to avoid the higher prices. That being said, I can’t imagine why anyone in the US with a decent credit score would have an Admirals Club membership. The American Express Platinum card has a $450 annual fee and comes with so many other benefits that help offset the cost that it’s a no brainer. Back in the day American would specifically exclude those with American Express Platinum cards from getting free internet in the club, but that’s not the case anymore.
(Tip of the hat to AAdvantageGeek)