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As of this week, the Citi Prestige Card no longer comes with access to American Admirals Clubs. That means that for many of us American flyers, we’re left having to find new ways to gain lounge access.
Post-Prestige, the single best way to access Admirals Clubs is with the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®. This card has now increased its publicly available sign-up bonus to 75,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 within three months. That’s a big minimum spend, but also a big sign-up bonus. For a few weeks this offer has been available through Admirals Club agents, though it’s now the official offer from Citi online as well, and replaces the previous sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after completing minimum spend.
But it’s not just the sign-up bonus that makes this card great. This $450 annual fee card will get you an Admirals Club membership that allows you to always take two guests or immediate family members into the lounge with you. On top of that, you can add up to 10 additional authorized users to the card at no extra cost, and they get Admirals Club access as well. They can also each take two guests, meaning you’re potentially looking at 11 people being able to take two guests each into the lounge. That’s incredible.
As a point of comparison, here’s the cost of buying an Admirals Club membership in cash:
As you can see, the absolute cheapest cost for Executive Platinum members is $450, which is the same as the annual fee on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®. So almost everyone will come out ahead with getting the card instead, especially when you consider that you’re also getting lounge access for up to 10 others. Put another way, it’s like paying as little as $45 per person annually for Admirals Club access.
I plan on picking up this card shortly myself, as it will be a great way to not only get Admirals Club access for me, but also for my friends and family.
Just as a warning, in terms of being eligible for this card, here are the relevant terms:
American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage®card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.
I’ve had the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® open for more than 24 months, so should be eligible for this card. Meanwhile if you’ve opened or closed a Citi AAdvantage Business Card in the past 24 months, that wouldn’t impact your eligibility for this card.
Anyone else using the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® to gain Admirals Club access, or plan on applying soon?