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Citi Executive AAdvantage MasterCard review — American Airlines lounge access

by on Tue August 2, 2011 • 9 Comments

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 this costs up to $500) – authorized users of your account also get free access to the Clubs with their own cards
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Priority Access 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

This card is useful for two types of travelers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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9 thoughts on Citi Executive AAdvantage MasterCard review — American Airlines lounge access

  1. Patricia Williamson

    I was offered a one day pass to the Admirals club if I spent $600 on my card . I Qualified on 15 Sept 2014 and was told it would take 6 to eight weeks to receive my pass. Where are they? I am very dissatisfied with AA/Citicards and feel they should stop with all the promotions they do no not honor.
    They now have one very disatisified customer. I would never recommend Citicard to anyone.

  2. karin hamburg

    AA/Citibank offered to send a one-day Admiral’s Club pass if I spent $600 at gas stations, restaurants and department stores from 10/17 – 12/31/15. I complied, but now they tell me that the 3 national department stores I shopped at did not “qualify.” Never did they indicate which stores “qualified.” Thus, even though I followed the terms of the “deal,” and used their card instead of the store cards, I got nothing. I feel scammed and have lost confidence in AA/Citicards. They now have one less satisfied customer.


      @Karin – Sorry to hear about that. Maybe worth a call to them again telling them they have risked losing your business.

  3. Louie M.

    Correction: the AMEX Platinum card does not allow access to Delta SkyClub; at least not all SkyClubs. PriorityPass provides AMEX Platinum members the chance to enter lounges, but PP seldom has Delta as a lounge one can access.

    1. MileCards

      @Louie- Where have you had trouble using a Platinum card at a Delta SkyClub? As long as you have a Delta boarding pass for that day you have access to all Delta operated SkyClubs.

      1. Teresa

        As of March, I believe, you will not be able to enter the Delta club with a guest when you have the Platinum Am Ex. The Priority Pass works in some airline lounges internationally (not Delta – we tried but weren’t admitted) but there aren’t enough to make the annual fee of this card worth the expense. I will be cancelling my Platinum Am Ex which makes me sad

        1. MileCards

          @Teresa – You are absolutely right. The alternative would be to pay $175 for an extra Platinum Card. That gets you up to 3 additional cards, so effectively for $175 you can get ‘guest’ access, but it can only be the people you designate for your additional cards.


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