Correction: Citi is telling me that this is an error, and that the authorized user fee is still $0. That’s great news.
Earlier Citi updated their website to indicate that a change would be made to one of my favorite cards that they issue, though fortunately it looks like that was a mistake. I’ll still share below what we believed was happening.
What Has Made The Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Awesome
Historically I’ve considered the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card to be one of the most lucrative airline credit cards. The card has a $450 annual fee and offers an Admirals Club membership. That’s a deal in and of itself, given that otherwise American charges a minimum of $550 per year for an Admirals Club membership.
The icing on the cake was that you could add up to 10 authorized users at no extra cost, and the authorized users would get Admirals Club access as well (with the ability to each guest two people into the lounge).
So a single $450 annual fee meant that you and up to 10 authorized users could each get Admirals Club access (and each could bring in up to two guests).
New $175 Authorized User Fee?
Citi had quietly updated their website to add an authorized user fee to this card. Citi’s website suggests that the cost is $175 per authorized user. It’s noted that this will be pro-rated between when you add an authorized user and the anniversary date.
The good news is that Citi has now confirmed that this is not in fact correct, and that they’re working on getting it corrected.
If this change had been made to the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card it sure would have been a bummer. Fortunately the change isn’t happening (at least for now), and this remains one of the most generous airline credit cards out there.
Not only does the primary cardmember get an Admirals Club membership for the $450 annual fee (which is less than a membership would otherwise cost), but they can add 10 authorized users and give each of them Admirals Club access.
(Tip of the hat to @xJonNYC)