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Battery111
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Postby Battery111 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:47 pm

As I've stated here before, I have an Admirals Club membership that for my specific circumstances I have found to be very valuable. Well, I recently got the email from AA that my membership was up for renewal.

I've had this membership for about three years now and every year I need to decide whether or not to renew it. This year, with more centurion lounges popping up I really had to do some soul searching on whether it was worth it. Mostly because of the ticketing assistance I decided I was going to renew.

Then I got to thinking. Why not just get the Citi Executive AA card instead which includes AC access. In the past I never really considered it, because as a frequent flyer I have status with AA. This gives me discounted admirals club dues, but not a discounted AF with Citi. However tonight I realized the flaw in my thinking. I was only thinking about the AC dues and forgetting about the AF I pay on my regular Citi AA platinum card. Even with my status discount, it comes out about the same when you add them together.

I also realized I probably won't be flying this much forever. So if say this year my travel goes down, I stand to save $50-$100 a year by just paying the Citi AF rather than the combined totals of my increased dues and the lower AF of the regular AA card. So at worst I'm paying the same amount, at best I'm saving some money per year, and I gain the other perks of the executive card like no foreign transaction fee. While I have this on my Amex platinum, nice to have another option.

As for the actual product change, I got a very helpful and friendly Citi rep who was US based. After listening to the three minutes of disclosures, it was a done deal. They also give a bit of a "grace period" to change my mind. I can call back to downgrade back to the regular card before 29 March no harm no foul. I'm thinking for my circumstances I made the right decision.
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Postby rockyrock » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:09 pm

Everything sounds logical to me. The one thing I don't like about having the Exec card is the mile discounts are not as good as the lower cards. WTH?

I fly out of LAX and I love that the AC has a children's lounge inside it. Overall I'm not all that impressed with the AC though so I may switch to a United Club card when my AF is up later this month.

One area I would question about your plan: did you not want a new card in order to get bonus miles? I think it's at 50k right now...
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Postby Battery111 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:20 pm

Main reason for not going with the new account was another hard pull and AAoA. Over the last year I've accumulated a number of new cards. Unfortunately this means I have also accumulated a fair number of inquiries and my AAoA has suffered.

In regards to the United Club, I have a bit of experience with them as well. They have better booze for free, and some of their lounges are slightly better than the Admirals Club lounges in the same airports. However, on the balance, I've found the AC to be nicer. This really depends on where you frequent. I don't believe I've been to the LAX UC, but I've been to the AC a number of times. I know at DFW the UC is fairly bad. Of course if you're flying United then the likelihood of you spending time in DFW is nil unless that's your origin or destination. In SFO the UC is larger, but the AC is actually quite nice, albeit small. My big thing is ticketing assistance. Since I'm a oneworld guy, regardless of how nice a United Club is they can't help me where it counts.

All this being said I'm not ragging on United. I was a UA FF before I was an AA FF. My circumstances and location changed, and AA has been treating me well so I've stuck with them.
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Postby Battery111 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:25 pm

Also I'm not sure if you got the email, but the Admirals Club is slightly upgrading their food options soon. Not sure if this makes a difference for you
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Postby Battery111 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:43 pm

Maybe someone who has this card can help me out with a question. Currently with my admirals club membership I don't even need my membership card. I can just give them my FF number at the desk and they pull up my account to see I'm a member. Is the membership given by this credit card the same? Will my AAdvantage account reflect I'm an admirals club member or do I need to be in physical possession of the card in order to gain entry? I'm really hoping it's part of my account so I don't find myself locked out of the lounge some time if this card isn't currently up on it' saltation through my wallet.
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Postby rockyrock » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:41 am

I've always been told the card is required for entry. It makes sense that you would be in the system but who knows how they track these things. It may be you don't have an actual membership, just all the benefits of a member while in possession of the card. They do swipe it to verify it is still active but I've never tried to enter without the card...
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Postby Battery111 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:42 pm

rockyrock wrote:I've always been told the card is required for entry. It makes sense that you would be in the system but who knows how they track these things. It may be you don't have an actual membership, just all the benefits of a member while in possession of the card. They do swipe it to verify it is still active but I've never tried to enter without the card...


Appreciate it. Next time I travel once my traditional membership ends maybe I'll give it a shot and see what happens. I can just give them my AAdvantage status card to swipe as I sometimes do now when my AC card is acting up. If they ask me for my CC I'll make sure I have it on me until I know for sure whether it's necessary.

I do know when I called to ensure they don't auto renew my regular membership they could see I had the executive card so that's a good sign I think.
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