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American Restricts Admirals Club Membership, Increases Prices

American Restricts Admirals Club

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American Restricts Admirals Club Membership, Increases Prices

If you pay for a membership to American Airlines’ Admirals Club, be aware that the cost for paying for a membership is increasing by $100, effective February 1, 2019.  If you purchase a membership with miles, the cost will actually be reduced, effective February 1, 2019.  The airline is also discontinuing their household memberships that currently offer a spouse a reduced rate.

Additionally, starting November 1, 2019, American Airlines will place restrictions by requiring a same-day boarding pass for an AA flight or a OneWorld partner.  This is a change from the airline’s previous policy of having no such requirement, meaning you could enter the Admirals Club regardless of what airline you were flying.

Keep in mind that the Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard still offers Admirals Club access for cardholders and up to 10 authorized card members.  If you are a cardholder, you will not be impacted by the pricing change.

As noted by Gary over at View from the Wing, the new restrictions would technically dictate that you can’t enter the Admirals Club with a redeye flight or if you are delayed.  Gary reports that American Airlines has confirmed they will allow delays and redeyes into the club.  Though, I’m rather pessimistic about whether that will happen in practice.  We all know there’s an affinity for people with American Airlines to hold different standards.  So unless this goes on the website as one of the conditions, I’m not necessarily optimistic it will be used in practice.

ANNUAL RATES (USD)

Current Pricing

Membership type AAdvantage® AAdvantage® Gold AAdvantage® Platinum AAdvantage® Platinum Pro AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
Individual – new $550 $525 $500 $475 $450
Individual – renew $500 $475 $450 $425 $400
Household – new $925 $850 $775 $725 $675
Household – renew $875 $800 $725 $675 $625
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®* Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary

Pricing Effective February 1, 2019

Membership type AAdvantage® AAdvantage® Gold AAdvantage® Platinum AAdvantage® Platinum Pro AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
Individual – new $650 $625 $600 $575 $550
Individual – renew $600 $575 $550 $525 $500
Household – new $1,250 $1,225 $1,200 $1,175 $1,150
Household – renew $1,200 $1,175 $1,150 $1,125 $1,100
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®* Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary

 

ANNUAL RATES (MILES)

Current Pricing

Membership type AAdvantage® AAdvantage® Gold AAdvantage® Platinum AAdvantage® Platinum Pro AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
Individual – new 85,000 75,000 70,000 65,000 60,000
Individual – renew 75,000 65,000 60,000 55,000 50,000
Household – new 135,000 120,000 105,000 95,000 85,000
Household – renew 125,000 110,000 95,000 85,000 75,000

Pricing Effective February 1, 2019

Membership type AAdvantage® AAdvantage® Gold AAdvantage® Platinum AAdvantage® Platinum Pro AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
Individual – new 65,000 62,500 60,000 57,500 55,000
Individual – renew 60,000 57,500 55,000 52,500 50,000
Household – new 125,000 122,500 120,000 117,500 115,000
Household – renew 120,000 117,500 115,000 112,500 110,000

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