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There are two main benefits to the Citi premium American Airlines co-brand credit card, besides the signup bonus, in my opinion.
- Elite qualifying miles for spending
- Scalable lounge access
A Change to How the Card Earns Elite Qualifying Miles
While only Barclaycard co-brands will let you earn elite qualifying dollars from spend, you can earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles after $40,000 spend in a year on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®.
And they’re changing the way they calculate spend on the card for earning these qualfying miles.
As a Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive cardmember, you currently earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after spending $40,000 in eligible purchases that post to your January through December billing statements.
Effective January 1, 2017, the qualification period for earning EQMs will change and will be based on eligible purchases that post to your account during a calendar year, from January 1st to December 31st.
Spend in a calendar year will really mean spend in a calendar year, which is much simpler and clearer in my view.
The Best Way to Access American Airlines Admirals Clubs
As someone who flies American Airlines regularly, I place a high value on lounge access. It’s the people who keep me going especially during irregular operations, going above and beyond to get me where I’m going. As a result I’m very interested in the best way to get American Airlines club access.
For instance, agents have regularly double booked me giving me ‘backup’ flights just in case I misconnect. And I’ve even gotten a proactive call from a lounge about a delay, they had booked me as a backup on a new flight (that had looked sold out to me, and it was the last one of the night). And I’m not a Concierge Key member.
Entrance to American Airlines Admirals Club Austin
While American Airlines raised their prices for paid lounge memberships by $50 per year for individual memberships and by $100 for household memberships this past summer, they haven’t raised the price of the Citi Executive card and authorized users of the card remain free — and get lounge access.
Here’s what it costs to buy lounge membership without the card.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® comes with an Admirals Club membership and has a $450 annual fee.
American gives access to all authorized users of Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® cards.
- Primary cardmembers can have up to 10 authorized users on their account.
- Each authorized user is allowed to bring in with them either immediate family members (spouse or domestic partner and children under 18 years of age) or up to two guests traveling with them.
Buenos Aires Admirals Club
Each of 11 Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® cardholders — primary and 10 additional — could bring in their spouse and minor children, or could bring in two guests in addition to themselves. That’s at least 33 people who can get into a lounge at once for a single credit card annual fee which is currently $450.
Other Key Benefits of the Card
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® also gives you a signup bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening; priority check-in, screening, and boarding; first checked bag free for the primary cardholder and up to 8 travel companions on the same domestic reservation; and a reimbursement up to $100 for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓ application. (offer expired)
Putting Green, American Airlines Admirals Club Austin