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AA Admirals Club Changes
Not so much a question, but after seeing your article the other day I called AA today to reconfirm what you had written. Very much to my frustration not only is it accurate but the representative told me that in the next month or two AA will decide whether to even continue Day Passes or not.
Obviously, I expressed my extreme displeasure with this news and told her that I sometimes have to fly a competitor due to flight times, costs, and overall the product that AA is putting out on most domestic flights is subpar. I added how I have well over 200k in AA miles and even a few family members of mine are over 500k. She apologized for my angst and mentioned that since the article and their AA Newsletter went out, they have been swamped with calls like mine.
Basically, IF AA does away with day passes, the only way one will be able to gain entry even with the Citi World Elite Mastercard or other cc’s would be IF you are flying AA or one of their partners that day.
My question, IF this comes to pass is it even worth retaining my AA Citi World Elite Mastercard? Why should I if I can’t use what I pay $450 a year for unless I am on their airline.
@ MVN – these changes don’t bother me as much as most – probably because I gave up my AC membership when it came time to renew in February. I was doing less domestic travelling for work, and most int’l travel was in business class, so that got me into the AC (or even better, use OW Emerald to get into BA lounge even when in AA coach) for PHL to LHR. PHL to Asia means connecting through LAX or DFW and paid business gets into the Flagship Lounge.
Of course I get no AC access when travelling domestically. But on 10+ domestic trips this year I’ve only regretted not having AC access twice – before a red-eye back east, and when I had a 2 hour layover at 6 am at LaGuardia (that was absolutely miserable, and would have paid for a day pass except I was in the wrong concourse and didn’t want to deal with clearing security).
For me, paying $450 for the card would not be worth it solely for the access. I get Global Entry from another card, have the Barclays AA Silver Mastercard, so it is not worth it for me. If I travelled domestically more than once a month or every 3 weeks, then I’d consider it.