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Yesterday I wrote about a new benefit for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard. Previously only the primary cardmember had access to American’s Admirals Clubs. Now even no fee authorized card users get access to these American clubs.
Entrance to American Airlines Admirals Club Austin
How big does that scale? A single $450 annual fee card — which I keep because it lets me spend $40,000 and earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles, and of course there’s a current signup bonus offer of 50,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening — can in the extreme be used to admit 33 people to an Admirals Club at once. (Offer expired)
Perhaps we should now refer to it as the Admirals Pub?
Here’s the math:
- Citibank clarified for me that “primary cardmembers can have up to 10 authorized users on the account.”
- American told me that each authorized user “will still be allowed to bring in with them either immediate family members (spouse or domestic partner and children under eighteen (18) years of age), or up to two guests traveling with them.”
A Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard and 10 authorized user cards means 11 cards, each with the ability to admit a minimum of 3 people — for a total of 33 people off of a single Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard account.
Buenos Aires Admirals Club
These have to be real people. Citibank will ask you for their social security numbers. And of course they have to be flying some airline to get through security (usually) in order to access Admirals Clubs.
And whomever you get an authorized user card for will be able to spend money on your account. Although I suppose you could have the cards shipped to you, hand them out and the airport, and collect them again.
Technically an American Club can refuse access when it’s completely full, so they might deny a party of 33 during peak times as well.
Nonetheless, this is an amazing benefit and I suspect that holders of the card will be giving a no fee additional card to their spouse, perhaps their parents, maybe a trusted sibling as well. Citibank even overnights additional authorized user cards. Call them up today, give Admirals Club access tomorrow.