Two day sale: American offering Admirals Club day passes for $30

I just received an email from American promoting a two-day sale for 40% off Admirals Club day passes, which runs through 12PM CDT on Wednesday, May 16.

They usually cost $50 per pass, though through this promotion cost $30. The fine print is as follows:

  • One-Day Pass is valid up to 365 days from date of purchase
  • Visitors must be 18 or older in order to purchase and/or use a One-Day Pass
  • Up to 3 children under the age of 18 years of age may be admitted at no additional charge with adult One-Day Pass visitor
  • Purchaser is not required to be a visitor
  • Purchaser will receive printable One-Day Pass(es) for each visitor via email

While it’s better than the normal price, I’d still be hard pressed to pay $30 to visit the Admirals Club unless:

  • I had a really long layover
  • I had three children under the age of 18 with me
  • I was transiting multiple airports with Admirals Clubs in one day, since this is a day pass and not single visit pass

Still, free wifi, soft drinks, and “basic” alcoholic drinks are worth something, and I’m sure everyone can crunch the numbers based on their own valuations of the amenities.

I get Admirals Club access through my American Express Platinum card, which I still consider to be the best value for getting Admirals Club access.


  1. 1) I hear that they intend to/ are in the process of shutting down a number of admiral’s clubs. Is this somehow related to this?

    2) 100% agree, Admiral’s Clubs with few exceptions are not worth the $30 cost of admittance.

  2. @ Sean — Right, they are shutting down a handful of clubs. Doubt the two are directly connected, though I think we are seeing a general trend at American whereby they’re trying to earn some more ancillary revenue.

  3. I don’t suppose that would be a requirement from the bankruptcy court, to stabilize their cash balance sheets? That, and of course, renegotiating employee contracts.

  4. I am flying AA award tickets JFK-HKG-KL on Cathay and BKK-NRT-BOS on JAL this summer.
    Do these passes require day-of AA tickets? If not, are there lounges on either of those trips that would be accessible?

  5. @ LarryInNYC — You don’t need to be flying American, though do need to have access to the same airside the lounge is in. In New York Cathay Pacific departs out of a different terminal. In Tokyo, though, the Admirals Club is accessible if you’re flying Japan Airlines, so that might be worthwhile, since the Narita Lounge is fairly nice.

  6. The day passes are only a good value, IMO, if you’re going to buy a full membership a month later and get credit for the $50 against it.

  7. I’m not sure I’d *want* to get my money’s worth of well liquor and beer. That’s going to be some hangover.

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