The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® is now undoubtedly the best way to get an Admirals Club membership, since the Citi Prestige Card doesn’t offer access to these lounges anymore.
What makes this card so amazing is that you can add 10 authorized users at no extra cost, and they all get Admirals Club access as well. However, there are a lot of questions regarding how exactly all of that works, which I’ll address in this post:
How does Admirals Club access for the primary cardmember work?
The primary cardmember on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card gets a full Admirals Club membership. This comes with the same perks as paying for a membership outright. That means you can always access the lounge with two guests or your immediate family, no matter which airline you’re flying. Admirals Club membership comes with discounts on conference rooms, and also select access to partner airline lounges, including Alaska Lounges.
You can find the full lounge directory for Admirals Club members here. Furthermore, here’s the regular pricing for Admirals Club memberships:
How does Admirals Club access for authorized users work?
Authorized users on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card don’t receive a full Admirals Club membership, though they do receive access to Admirals Clubs whenever flying, and can take two guests or immediate family members. There’s no requirement for authorized users to be flying American to use Admirals Clubs — they can use them even when flying other airlines.
The major distinction is that authorized users don’t get access to partner airline lounges, and don’t get special pricing on conference rooms.
Can you access Flagship Lounges with the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card?
No, you can’t access Flagship Lounges or Arrivals Lounges with the card, regardless of whether you’re a primary cardmember or authorized user.
Are you eligible for the bonus on the card if you’re already an authorized user?
Yes. You can apply for the card and receive the welcome bonus even if you’re already an authorized user on someone else’s Citi AAdvantage Executive Card. Your eligibility for the bonus on this card is based on whether or not you’ve been the primary cardmember on this card.
How complicated is it to add authorized users?
Adding authorized users to the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card is super easy, and can be done directly on Citi’s website. You should see an area in the “Your Offers & Benefits” section that invites you to add authorized users.
On the next page you’ll be able to manage authorized users, including adding and removing them.
You’ll just need their name to add them, and you have the choice of whether or not you want to give them permission to access your online account.
Make sure you trust all your authorized users, since any charges they incur will be your responsibility.
The other thing to note is that authorized user cards will be mailed to the primary cardmember, and then you’ll have to pass them on.
Who is eligible for the welcome bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card?
The major restrictions on being approved for the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card are as follows:
American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage®card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®) opened or closed in the past 24 months.
This is all about whether you’ve opened or closed a Citi AAdvantage card in the past 24 months. So:
- You are eligible for this card if you’ve had the Citi AAdvantage Personal Platinum Card open for more than 24 months, but not if you’ve opened or closed the card in the past 24 months
- You are eligible for this card regardless of when you’ve applied for the Citi AAdvantage Business Platinum Card, as approval for this card is no way related
- You are eligible for this card if you’ve had the same card in the past, as long as it was closed over 24 months ago
The Citi AAdvantage Executive Card offers an incredible Admirals Club perk, as you receive a full Admirals Club membership for the primary cardmember, plus Admirals Club access for up to 10 additional authorized users.
This is a card I plan on picking up shortly, and if you’re also looking for a new way to get Admirals Club access, I’d consider doing the same.