Up until now one of the best ways to access American Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs has been through the American Express Platinum Card. However, as of March 22, 2014, that partnership will be discontinued, and the American Express Platinum Card will no longer offer access to those clubs.
Probably the new best way to get access to American Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs is through the Citi Executive AAdvantage MasterCard, which is presently offering a 100,000 AAdvantage mile sign-up bonus after spending $10,000 within three months. While the card has a $450 annual fee, you do receive a $200 statement credit, essentially bringing down the annual fee for the first year to $250. The card does come with access to both American Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs, so my guess is that many of us have our lounge access needs covered through these means for the foreseeable future.
Anyway, in case you can’t take advantage of the above offer, it’s worth noting that US Airways is presently offering a bonus of 5,000 Preferred Qualifying Miles (PQMs) for a US Airways Club membership, be it a new membership or a renewal:
5,000 Preferred-qualifying miles: new & existing members*
Earn 5,000 Preferred-qualifying miles when you buy or renew an annual membership by May 31, 2014. Enroll or renew online or call 800-828-8522 and use promo code NM500 for new memberships or CR500 for renewals.
US Airways’ membership rates are as follows:
Assuming you’re going for status with US Airways this can be a pretty compelling offer. If you did a mileage run you’d be lucky to pick up elite qualifying miles at four cents each, so if that’s your valuation you’d be getting $200 “worth” of PQMs with a lounge membership.
Keep in mind that US Airways Club memberships come with reciprocal access to Admirals Clubs, and once US Airways joins OneWorld on March 31, 2014, should come with reciprocal OneWorld lounge access benefits as well.
(Tip of the hat to Loyalty Lobby)