AWESOME: New Lounge Access Perks On Citi AAdvantage Executive Card

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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®. This card has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 within three months. It also 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.

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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

Bottom line

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?

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Comments

  1. @ Jon P — Effective immediately, per the press release. Seems they haven’t updated the actual application yet.

  2. This was already a keeper for me due to the EQMs, but this really adds a lot of value. How many AUs can we add. I’m slightly afraid this will pack the Admirals clubs even more than they already are.

  3. Interesting they mentioned PEK/Beijing. Yes I know there’s reciprocal access to KA, but it’s not a bonafide AA-operated Admirals Club location.

  4. This will definitely crowd the lounges more. There have been times this year where I literally could not find a place to sit in the lounge and left to my gate instead.

    Since I got this card summer of 14′, waiting on the 18 month cycle before I apply for it again to get another sign up bonus then cancel the existing. This card is a keeper with the Admiral Club access as well as the EQMs.

  5. Great! 2 things
    1) do you know if my in-laws could get access to Airberlin lounge with guests (both Authorized Users) in Dusseldorf in Delta J?

    2) will the EQMs count for the current September 14-Dec23 fast track?

    Thanks
    A

  6. “(in other words, the major distinction is that the Citi Prestige® Card doesn’t allow you to access the Admirals Club when flying on a different airline, while the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card does).”

    To be fair, how often are you traveling on an airline other than American where the Admiral’s Club is still more close by than a Priority Pass lounge and still reachable before your flight leaves? People bring this up like it’s a huge deal, but if you aren’t flying AA a lot of airports make it a trek to get out there specifically.

    Also, I have not been asked for my boarding pass at least 80% of the time with the Prestige, so it may be even more of a nonissue.

  7. @Lucky,

    Can you perhaps post a link to the press release – assuming it wasn’t just in email form – since I didn’t get an email about it and the various Citi sites have not been updated. My boyfriend is an authorized user and hasn’t been able to access lounges but he has a lot of work-related travel coming up and would benefit greatly from being able to use the lounge. It would be good for him to print this out or have the link handy in case he encounters any Admiral’s Club staff that haven’t been trained or made aware of the new benefit.

  8. Do the other card perks carry over to each authorized user? As in, does each user get $100 global entry credit, free checked bag, priority check-in, etc?

  9. Readers beware: this looks like a ploy by the author to benefit from applications / new cards using his referral link (as disclosed in fine print below the title). The Citi website still indicates only the primary card member receives Admirals Club access – no other site on the internet provides this press release or mentions this new benefit.

  10. Jon, you should call Citibank before accusing Gary of deceit. Staring in December, authorized users do have their own access to the Admirals Club but, they must have the Citibank World Elite card with them.

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