Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card - $85 annual fee.
If you fly American Airlines often and like to spend time in Admirals Clubs, the the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card is your only bet for Admirals Club access. The Citi Prestige Card used to offer Admirals Club access, but no longer offers that benefit for new cardholders.
Below we’ll review the differences and help you decide which card, or a combination of cards will serve you better for Admirals Club access and American Airlines perks.
Citi AAdvantage® / Executive World Elite Mastercard
Get full Admirals Club membership, so you can access the clubs with up to 2 guests or your spouse / kids even when not flying American, and you have access to some, but not all, OneWorld partner lounges.
Even better, every authorized user you add to your account (which is free up to 10 people) gets access to Admirals Clubs even when you’re not with them. So for example you could give your husband an authorized user card, and he could enter Admirals Clubs with up to 2 guests when traveling without you.
The Citi Prestige won’t let you access Admirals Clubs when you’re not flying American Airlines, and you can’t enter the group of OneWorld partner lounges that are available with full Admirals Club membership.
Earn elite qualifying miles. You get 10,000 elite qualifying miles each calendar year you spend $40,000 or more on the card so you can reach the next tier of AAdvantage elite status faster and get more first class upgrades.
Free checked bag. You’ll get one free for you and up to 8 companions on domestic flights.
Priority boarding, check-in, and security. You’ll check-in and board with some of American’s elite level fliers and get to use the priority security lanes at airports that have them when you’re flying American.
Earn real AAdvantage miles. You get 1 mile per dollar spent on most purchases, and 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases.
Citi Prestige® Card
Access other airline lounges. You also get a Priority Pass card which lets you and 2 guests enter over 700 airport lounges worldwide.
Even better, any authorized users you add to your card (which is free up to 10 people) get their own Priority Pass card to get into lounges on their own.
Get a $250 airline credit. Every calendar year you get $250 automatically refunded on airline purchases you make with your card, even airline tickets. So if you travel, it’s easy to offset over half of your annual fee every year.
Travel and dining bonuses. You earn 3x points on air travel and hotels, plus 2x on restaurants and entertainment.
4th night free at hotels. This is one of the coolest card perks around. Anytime you book a hotel stay of 4 nights with via the Citi Prestige travel concierge, you get the 4th night free.
You might be thinking…does this only apply to inflated rates?
The good news is no, the free night can be used on the very lowest rates you see on a hotel’s website. You just ask Citi Prestige travel to match the rate and you’re good to go.
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