As we first found out yesterday, the Citi Prestige Card will be eliminating Admirals Club access as a benefit as of next year. We knew there were changes coming to the card, though prior to that we didn’t know what they were.
Yesterday Citi updated the card benefits for the Prestige Card to indicate that it would be losing Admirals Club access after June 20, 2017.
This is probably closely tied to American’s recent announcement that they’re entering 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 Prestige Card lounge access.
Anyway, the good news is that View from the Wing has been informed that Admirals Club access will be valid for more than a month longer than we initially expected. Citi Prestige cardmembers can continue to use American Admirals Clubs through July 22, 2017:
Over the coming weeks, Citi will be communicating to our Citi Prestige cardmembers that the Admirals Club lounge benefit will no longer be available as of July 23, 2017.
Cardmembers will still have complimentary and unlimited access to over 850 Priority PassTM Select Lounges and Citi® Proprietary Lounges and we continue to explore ways to enhance the Citi Prestige experience.
That makes perfect sense, since typically issuers give at least a year notice of major changes, given that people are paying annual fees with the expectation of having a certain set of benefits.
However, I’m not sure what “Citi Proprietary Lounges” refers to. Will Citi open their own lounges, like American Express has done with their Centurion Lounges?
View from the Wing also confirms that the bonus categories on the Prestige Card won’t be changing — the card will still offer triple points on airfare and hotels, and double points on dining and entertainment.
So to recap:
- The Citi Prestige Card will offer Admirals Club access through July 23, 2017
- I’m curious what “Citi Proprietary Lounges” are
- There will be no changes to the bonus categories on the Prestige Card
- While we don’t officially know yet, rumor has it that the minimum spend requirement on the Prestige Card will be raised from $3,000 to $5,000 (we should find out in the coming hours/days)
What do you make of these developments?