Yesterday I posted about the incredible new benefit which Citi added to the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®. This is American’s premium co-branded credit card, which has a $450 annual fee, though comes with many perks which help offset that (plus a nice sign-up bonus).
Historically the most valuable benefit of the card is an Admirals Club membership for the primary cardmember. An Admirals Club membership ordinarily costs $400-500, so for most members you’re coming out ahead by having the card rather than outright buying an Admirals Club membership, not even factoring in the other perks it gives you.
But as of yesterday Citi added a huge new perk to this card. Authorized users on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card now also receive Admirals Club access. Best of all, you can add up to 10 authorized users on the card at no additional cost.
Suddenly your $450 annual fee on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card is getting up to 10 people access to the Admirals Club. That’s like paying as little as $45 per person per year for Admirals Club access. That’s less than the cost of a single day pass.
Why this benefit is brilliant
There are a few reasons this move is brilliant.
First of all, presumably most people being added as authorized users on the card won’t actually be frequent flyers, but rather are more likely to be family of frequent flyers. They might go out of their way to book American for the limited number of trips they take each year due to the ability to get lounge access.
For those of you worried about crowding of Admirals Clubs, it’s not something I’m personally worried about. Previously anyone with an Amex Platinum Card got into the Admirals Club. There are only a fraction as many people with the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, and of those cardmembers, only a small fraction will likely utilize this new benefit.
At first I was puzzled when I heard about this benefit being added. But then it sort of made sense.
One thing is for sure — this is the single most generous lounge access benefit offered by any credit card.
What do you make of the new Citi AAdvantage Executive Card benefit? Is it enough to get you to apply for/keep the card, to basically get Admirals Club access for 10 people per year for $450?