The Citi Executive AAdvantage MasterCard as of 2014 is the only credit card that will offer you access to American Airlines’ Admirals Clubs.
Here’s a review of the credit card’s features:
- $450 annual fee
- Full Admirals Club membership (on its own costs $450 ($300-$400 if you have Gold/Platinum/Executive Platinum status))
- No foreign transaction fees
- Priority AAccess check-in, boarding, security lanes
- Double miles on American Airlines purchases, 1 AAdvantage mile per dollar on all other purchases
- No baggage fee for first domestic bag checked for up to 8 people in your reservation
- 10,000 elite qualifying miles each year you spend $40,000 on the card
- No mileage cap on earning (elites don’t have this cap to begin with)
- Concierge hotline
- 25,000 point intro bonus after spending $1,000 within 4 months
This card is useful for two types of travelers:
- People who travel American frequently but are not yet elite (say you fly 10,000 miles per year) and want to use several of the privileges reserved for elites (free bag, priority lanes) plus get lounge access, and earn American miles with credit card spending.
- Elite flyers who want Admirals Club access and a boost on elite qualifying miles each year, while earning American miles with credit card spending.
One of our frequent flyer friends at FlyerTalk posted this photo of the package that carries the card – delivered via next day air. Reviews on FlyerTalk are mixed — it mimics the features of the Delta Reserve credit card and Continental’s Presidential Plus (lower $395 annual fee), but some were hoping for more benefits with travel beyond American Airlines, like with hotel and car rental partners.
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