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Citi Prestige Admirals Club access ends in 2017

by on Mon July 18, 2016 • No Comment
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Citi has disclosed on its website that Admirals Club access for Citi Prestige cardholders will end on June 20, 2017, according to a Flyertalk reader, with the site stating:

“You will have access to American Airlines Admirals Club lounges until June 20th, 2017. After that, you’ll no longer have complimentary access with your Prestige card.”

To see it on the Citi site, click on the ‘Learn More’ link near ‘Airport Lounge Access’ in the ‘Travel Benefits’ section.

That’s a big benefit blow to the action packed Citi Prestige, which along with the Admirals Club access also offers a fourth night free on hotel bookings at just about any hotel, Priority Pass lounge access that includes 2 free guests, and an annual $250 airline credit that can even be used for airfare.citiprestigeadmirals

After that, the only card that will offer lounge access is the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, with a $450 annual fee, but no other lounge or free hotel night benefits.

Though the Executive AAdvantage offers the unique perk of granting additional cardholders access to Admirals Clubs, and there’s no charge for additional cardholders, so it’s easy for friends and family to enjoy the clubs when you’re not traveling with them. That wasn’t a benefit of the Citi Prestige.

The other big value proposition of the Citi Prestige is the 4th free night hotel benefit, and it looks like that’s staying intact, which should keep the value alive if you tend to vacation at a nice hotel once a year, and save yourself $200 or more in room night expense.

This change comes on the heels of American raising the membership fee for Admirals Clubs to $550 a year for non-elite members of the AAdvantage program, so having a card that let you get access for what amounts to $200 a year got harder to justify. It also comes after American renewed its card agreement with Citi and Barclaycard.

That agreement gives Citi the exclusive right to market cards in Admirals Clubs, as well just about everywhere else but on board an airplane or in an airport terminal. Citi said at the time that the ability to transfer ThankYou points to AAdvantage was not forthcoming, but that could change.

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