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The Citi AAdvantage Executive Card is the best way to gain Admirals Club access. The card has a $450 annual fee, which is otherwise the lowest cost you could pay for an Admirals Club membership. What makes the card unique is that:
- The primary cardmember gets a full Admirals Club membership
- You can add up to 10 authorized users on the card at no additional cost, and each of them gets Admirals Club access, and they can each bring two guests or immediate family members
In other words, with a single $450 annual fee you’re potentially getting Admirals Club access for up to 11 parties.
I applied for this card last week, and was instantly approved. However, I don’t physically have the card yet. I was actually told it arrived at my billing address, but as usual I’m traveling, so I can’t get it right away.
However, I’m flying American this week, and was trying to figure out whether or not I’d be able to get Admirals Club access within days of having been approved for the card without physically having the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card. Since the primary cardmember gets a full Admirals Club membership, I knew the membership would be linked to my AAdvantage account.
In other words, I knew I wouldn’t physically need the card for access, but I wondered how quickly American updated their systems to reflect that you’re a new member. It looks like it happens pretty quickly, and there’s an easy way to tell whether or not your Admirals Club membership is activated.
To figure it out, pretend that you’re signing up for an Admirals Club membership. Go to this page, enter your AAdvantage number, last name, and password.
If your account has already been updated to reflect the Admirals Club membership, you’ll see that the next page shows “1-Year Citi AADV Exec CC Membership.”
If it hasn’t been updated, you’ll see that it gives you the option of choosing what kind of membership you want to purchase.
Note that this only works for the primary cardmember. Since the authorized users don’t get a full Admirals Club membership, they wouldn’t show up as being eligible online. Authorized users need to present the physical Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, since there’s no membership linked to their AAdvantage account.
Hopefully this helps someone else in a similar situation who recently applied for the card.