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Citi Prestige now offers American Admirals Club access

by on Mon March 24, 2014 • No Comment

citiprestige170Update: Admirals Club access is no longer a benefit for new Citi Prestige cardholders, and the 1.6 cent per dollar redemption rate on American Airlines flights is also ending.

The Citi Prestige Card is on a roll…

After last week introducing special 1.6 cent per dollar redemption rates on American Airlines flights using ThankYou points for Citi Prestige cardholders, the card now offers access to all Admirals Clubs, as of March 22nd, making the $450 per year fee a great value and a real competitor to The Platinum Card from American Express.


We have confirmed with American Airlines you can currently access the Admirals Clubs with your Prestige Card. You’ll have access for two guests and immediate family to all American Airlines Admirals Clubs and it’s clearly noted on the Admirals Club eligibility page.

Citi Prestige Admirals Club

The catch is you must be flying American Airlines that day to use the card for entry. Here’s the fine print:

“Citi Prestige Card holder must present a stand-by ticket or boarding pass (other than a non-revenue ticket or boarding pass for airline employee travel), showing an American, American Eagle Airlines, Inc., or an American Connection carrier flight number, valid for travel on such flight and departing within 12 hours of the Admirals Club visit (or, in the case of a visit at an arrival airport, with respect to such a flight that arrived no more than 12 hours prior to the visit.)”

This is like The Platinum Card’s Delta SkyClub access and makes the $450 annual fee on the card a very compelling deal assuming the $200 annual airline fee credit remains. And we think it will, as the head of Citi Cards is an ex-American Express executive who is pushing hard to take share from his old employer. And this is a big missing link in the ThankYou portfolio that was likely negotiated as part of Citi’s deal to be the exclusive issuer of cards for the new American Airlines.

While transfer of points directly to American AAdvantage would be a great feature to bring it on par with The Platinum Card, the ability to  redeem at 1.6 cents per dollar on any American Airlines flight makes this an easy 2% reward value card if you take advantage of spending category bonuses, which beats The Platinum Card if you’re not trying to redeem for exotic international Business or First Class flights.

This is now a truly innovative card that deserves serious consideration for being top of wallet if you want Admirals Club access, Priority Pass access with 2 free guests, and no hassle flight rewards with a generous return on your spending.

It’s not the simplest card in the world, but it’s a lot more interesting now.


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