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This is huge, folks.
I’ve written in the past about American’s premium co-branded credit card, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®. It has a $450 annual fee, though has all kinds of perks which help offset the annual fee, including:
- An Admirals Club membership, giving you access to Admirals Clubs regardless of which airline you’re flying (while the Citi Prestige® Card is awesome, it only gives you Admirals Club access when traveling on American, so it’s not quite the same as a membership)
- 10,000 AAdvantage elite qualifying miles if you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
- 25% savings on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and headsets on flights operated by American Airlines when purchased with the card
- Priority check-in, screening, and boarding on American operated flights
The single most awesome benefit is probably the Admirals Club membership. If you’d otherwise buy an Admirals Club membership, it would cost you anywhere from $400-500 per year, so for most people getting this card is actually a cheaper way to get access.
Authorized users on the Executive Card now get lounge access
Citi has just announced a huge new perk on this card. Previously authorized users on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card didn’t get Admirals Club memberships, while now authorized users on the card do get an Admirals Club membership as well, with full guesting privileges (meaning they can bring in their immediate family or two guests).
Best of all, there’s no fee to add authorized users on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card.
Suddenly your $450 annual fee with an Admirals Club membership could turn multiple Admirals Club memberships for the same annual fee.
Here’s the full press release regarding the new benefit:
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.
As of today, authorized users will have access to more than 50 Admirals Club lounge locations from Boston to Beijing. While relaxing in the comfort and convenience of the Admirals Club® lounges, they can enjoy complimentary drinks, light snacks, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and personal travel assistance. Select locations even offer shower suites, PCs with internet access, print services and more.
If not accompanied by the primary cardmember, authorized users must present their valid Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® along with his or her current government-issued I.D. There is no fee to add an authorized user to a card account.
With the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard, cardmembers also enjoy a Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fee credit and other benefits including:
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
- First Checked Bag Free on domestic American Airlines itineraries
- Double AAdvantage® Miles on eligible American Airlines purchases
- Ability to earn 10,000 AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles from American Airlines after spending $40,000 in purchases each year
- Enhanced Airport Experience including priority check-in and early boarding on domestic American Airlines flights
- 24/7 Personal Concierge Service anywhere in the world
For more information on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard, visit www.citi.com/passport
This is a brilliant new perk on the part of Citi. By adding Admirals Club access for authorized users on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, they’re really giving people an incentive to hold onto the card as well.
How does this new Citi AAdvantage Executive Card benefit impact your willingness to get/keep the card?