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While we don’t officially know what the changes are yet, earlier I posted about how Citi has made changes to the in-branch offer of the Prestige Card. Specifically, the pamphlet being shown in branches no longer lists 2x points on dining, and also lists a minimum spend of $5,000 to earn the sign-up bonus, rather than the current minimum spend of $3,000. We’re not sure if those are the changes being made to online applications tomorrow, but that’s what’s happening in-branch.
The timing of this is interesting, as it follows American recently announcing that they’ve entered into a credit card agreement with both Citi and Barclaycard, meaning American is the only one of the “big three” US carriers to not have an exclusive credit card agreement. It sure seems like American and Citi couldn’t agree on a price for an exclusive deal. I’m guessing as part of that, American didn’t want to keep giving those with the Citi Prestige Card lounge access.
That means after June 20, 2017, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® will be the only credit card that gets you access to Admirals Clubs. I guess American has more upside for their co-branded credit card, rather than a Citi card that isn’t specifically American branded.
I’ll be curious to see if Citi either adds more benefits or lowers the annual fee on the Prestige Card after they take away Admirals Club access.
Regardless, this will still be a really compelling card, between the Priority Pass membership with guesting privileges, the $250 annual airline credit, and the fourth night free hotel benefit, which is the most valuable benefit of all, in my opinion. This wouldn’t change my approach to applying, and if anything, would make me even more likely to apply. It’s entirely possible that if you apply after the changes are announced, Admirals Club access will no longer be a perk, but rather the above only applies for people who already have the card. We don’t know…
What do you make of Citi eliminating Admirals Club on the Prestige Card access after June 20, 2017?