American Express Platinum Cardholders Lose American Airlines & US Air Lounge Access

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American Express Platinum cardholders will lose lounge access to American Airlines and US Airways lounges from March 22, 2014.

American Express Platinum Cardholders Will Lose Lounge Access

American Express Platinum Cardholders will Lose Admirals Club and US Airways Club Lounge Access

American Express Platinum Card

Although the American Express Platinum cards come with a ~$450 annual fee, one of the big benefits of the cards was the $200 yearly airline credit for miscellaneous airline fees for your selected airline.

Another big benefit was free access to airline lounges.

Currently your American Express Platinum card gets you free access to the following lounges with a same day boarding pass:

  • American Airlines Admirals Club
  • Delta Sky Club
  • Priority Pass Select
  • US Airways Club (access available without a same day boarding pass)

However, from March 22, 2014, American Express Platinum cardholders will not get lounge access to the American Airlines and US Air lounges.

American Express has been sending emails to some customers offering an extra $200 to $500 credit for losing access to the American Airlines lounges.  I haven’t got an email as yet, but am hoping to get one!

But they will still get access to the Delta and Priority Club Pass Select lounges.  Priority Club Select lounges include some US Air lounges and a few international American Airlines lounges, but that’s not a good substitute for losing American Airlines lounge access.

American Express has opened Centurion Lounges in Las Vegas and Dallas and American Express Platinum members can use those lounges.  New Centurion lounges are being built in San Francisco and LaGuardia (New York City) airports.

But American Express won’t be able to build lounges in ALL the airports where they had American Airlines or US Air lounges.

American Express Platinum Cardholders Will Lose Lounge Access

American Express Platinum Cardholders Have Access to Centurion Lounges

If you want access to all American Airlines lounges, you’ll have to buy an annual membership, a day pass, a 30 day pass, or you can get the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard.

Citi Executive American Airlines Card

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Link:  Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®

This means that from March 2014, the Citi Executive American Airlines card will be the only credit card with American Airlines lounge membership.

You get 60,000 American Airlines miles as the sign-up bonus after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months with the Citi American Airlines Executive card.

At 60,000 American Airlines miles, this is currently the largest sign-up bonus of any publicly available airline credit card.

But the card has a $450 annual fee, which is NOT waived for the first year.

American Airlines Lounge Access

The $450 fee gets you American Airlines lounge membership which normally costs up to $500.  If you pay for lounge access, this could be valuable to you, but not for the infrequent traveler.

American Airlines lounge membership (either paid or from the Citi American Airlines Executive card) gets you and 2 guests access to the lounge (they don’t have to be traveling with you) and you don’t have to be flying on American Airlines.

However, additional card holders on the Citi American Airlines Executive card do NOT get access to American Airlines lounges.  In contrast, additional holders on the American Express Platinum card do get access to lounges.

Other Card Benefits

Besides the American Airlines lounge membership, other benefits of the Citi Executive card are:

  • 2 miles for every $1 spent on American Airlines
  • Free checked bag
  • Priority check-in (where available)
  • Priority boarding
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Up to 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) per year after spending $40,000 in a calendar year

This is a fairly cheap way to buy American Airlines miles for 0.75 cents per mile ($450 Annual Fee / 60,000 American Airlines miles).

It would usually cost ~$1,804 to buy 60,000 miles (outside of special promotions) directly from American Airlines, which doesn’t seem worth it to me.

So the card could be a fairly cheap way to top-up your account with American Airlines miles.

Based on reader feedback, the Citi Executive card with the $450 annual fee is considered as a different product from the regular Citi American Airlines cards.

You may be able to apply for the Citi Executive card even if you already have a Citi American Airlines credit card.  Remember to keep ~10 days between Citi applications, and no more than 2 personal cards within any 65 day period.

Citi Executive card holders also get 10,000 elite qualifying miles for American Airlines elite status after spending $40,000 in a year.  So the card could be worth it for the status-chasing Big Spenders, but not for almost everyone else.

Bottom Line

American Express Platinum cardholders will lose lounge access to American Airlines and US Air lounges on March 22, 2014.

This makes the American Express Platinum less valuable for folks looking to get access to American Airlines lounges!

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36 responses to “American Express Platinum Cardholders Lose American Airlines & US Air Lounge Access

  1. In other news, man recently landed on the moon, the Red Sox won the world series and we found Osama 🙂 Just kidding, Merry Christmas D&E

  2. I got the Amex Platinum Card last March via some promotion you posted where the first year fee was waived. The only really I got was the $200 seat/baggage/flight change fee.
    I already have a traditional Gold Amex and Premiere Amex and really don’t need the Platinum but if I cancel the Platinum my credit score my drop slightly but more importantly I really won’t have the $450 to fork over for the annual fee.
    If I receive a notice for an increased credit for losing the lounge usage for $450 or above I can handle paying the fee, otherwise, I have to consider cancelling.
    What do you suggest when March comes?

  3. I received an email reminding me of the regular “$200 airline incidental credit” but no bonus for losing American/USAir lounge access. I called and asked if I were eligible for the new free Amazon Prime. After some back and forth I was told sorry, new customers only. When I said that I was disappointed not getting that plus losing the lounges, she asked me to wait a moment, then came back with a $100 American incidentals credit (in addition to the regular $200). She put it into my account and it will be effective 23 March 14. Better than nothing and maybe there for the asking.

  4. I called in as i got the $200 offer on my personal card which I cancelled a month ago. I asked to transfer the offer to my business platinum which they denied. However, they told me my business card had an offer for $100 on top of the $200 airline credit that will become active as of March 23, 2014. I did not ask for the offer and was told it was on my account already. Figured I’d throw it out there if someone wants to call in and see.

  5. I called and was advised that I would receive up to a $100 reimbursement for using my AMEX Platinum in US Airways or AA. This offer is good from 23 March until then of 2014.

    Also, I was able to access the Amazon Prime Free for a year offer.

  6. My Amex Plat card is expiring in 2 weeks. Reminder – sign up for Global Entry (GOES) and pay for it with your Amex card. The $100 fee will be refunded. I’m still deciding where to move my 100,000+ points. 😉

    The Centurion Lounge is Las Vegas is one of the best lounges I’ve ever spent time in. Best in the US, and best in the world. Very comfy and plenty of food, and not the bite size things you normally find. Also, the service provided by the agents is exceptional.

    Merry Christmas Emily and Darius from a cold NYC.

  7. I heard that AA was dropping Amex Platinum from the lounge access program. So, I called Amex and told them this was the single biggest reason I fork over $450 a year for the card. After a brief hold, the agent came back and told me I would get a one time statement credit of up to $500 to compensate me for the AAdmiral’s Club membership. She said whatever amount I paid for the membership would be credited to my card after joining as long as I used my Platinum Card to pay for it. I am pretty pleased with Amex for doing this. It takes care of one year (I can join anytime between March 22 and the end of December ’14). After that I will have to consider my options. I’m NOT happy with AA and I suspect that will continue to be the case as they whittle away at the perks of being an elite flyer.

  8. I thought that happened 2000 yrs back. In travel world every minute is considered a year. This is horribly old news anyone with little know about american express platinum card would have definitely knew this already.

  9. In 1980 I bought a lifetime membership to the Admirals Club for $300!

  10. Is the $200 credit good for gift cards?
    in the terms is says that not.

  11. Will I get a pro-rated refund of membership fee $450, if I cancel my “Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard” after 4 months???

    In other words, Will CITI pro-rate the fees like AMEX?

  12. I already have “AAdvantage AMEX”.

    Can I still get the 60K AA miles with the “Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard” card or this offer is only for new applicants?

  13. I also called after not receiving an email and was offered the $100 credit which in my case doesn’t make it worth keeping the card as my annual fee is due at the beginning of january and it would nearly be $100 in prorated fees to wait for March 22…

  14. I previously signed up for the Citi AAdvantage card for 50,000 AA miles using your links. I was then able to sell 55,000 AAdvantage Miles to rewards2cash for $605

    The company has positive reviews on slickdeals, facebook, yelp and fatwallet.

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  16. a bummer that no access to us airways and AA lounges?? confused as to why if we had both separately ??/why not when combined?? why can’t amex get this deal to continue??? what are they not telling us??????should be a no-brainer benefit and if lost should get some compenation to amex users////!!!!!!!s

  17. @Black Hill Christ was 13 years old 2000 years ago, even if you don’t believe there’s a God. At the time he was hitting puberty, you are telling us that AMEX Platinum Cardholders were losing lounge access? Ahhhh. I always wondered about the Centurion.

  18. @Prem You used to be able to get a Citi AA Amex, a Citi AA M/C, and a Citi AA Visa. But Citibank no longer distinguishes between various types of AA ccs. You now have to wait at least 18 months, sometimes 24 months, between applications for ANY type of Citi AA card.

    For some strange reason, some people get approved sooner than others, no one knows why. The only exception is if you receive a personally targeted invitation to apply in the mail, then you can apply right away. Otherwise, if you apply too soon, you will be automatically denied, but still get a hard pull on your credit history. 🙁

    The time frame for a new card is from the date of the previous application approval. You do not have to cancel the previous card to get a new one. And it does not matter what type of card you apply for. You just have to wait 18 to 24 months between applications.

  19. I’m guessing this is only relevant for the US cardholders and not applicable to the UK cards?

    • @MilesAbound @dhammer53 – Happy New Year to you both!

      @Bily D – You can get the change fee again in 2014 (since it is once per calendar year). And then see if it makes sense paying the annual fee.

      @Rick @Chris @RhondraO – Nice to know and thanks for sharing!

      @Mark R. – What a deal!

      @sol – It usually is valid for gift cards in small denominations.

      @Prem – You can get the 60K miles for the Citi Executive card since it is considered a different product.

      @Matt – I saw a sign in the American Airlines lounge in Chicago which said that only Citi Executive card holders will get access to the American Airlines lounges from March 2014.

  20. I just received this notice from Delta:
    •Beginning May 1, 2014, all customers who receive complimentary Delta Sky Club access as a benefit of their eligible credit or charge card will no longer receive complimentary guest access. A $29 fee per guest will apply.

    Must really revisit the value of the Plat. card at this point…

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  25. When you call AmEx, cut to the chase: Tell the rep you are calling to cancel your Platinum Card membership due to the elimination of Admirals Club privilidges. The rep will immediately transfer you (hold time about 40 seconds) to a “specialist”. Tell the specialist that you frequent the Million Miles Secrets web site and that you are aware of the offer for a $450 credit to your Am Ex statement (I was told it will appear in 6 to 8 weeks). That’s what I did and I was immediately given the offer. Done deal. The only thing I can’t say is whether or not they look at your spending level.

  26. Get a CitiGold checking account and spend a lot on your Citi Executive for $450 annual fee waived, automatically. No call-in required.

  27. After calling to cancel, I was offered 20k Amex points if I kept the card, which was appealing to me (more so than the Admiral’s credit), so I went for it. Also to clarify, you will still have access to Delta Sky Clubs, the only change is that you can no longer bring a (free) guest. To me, for work travel, this isn’t that much of a loss.

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  30. Melonie Murray

    The Limited Time Offer is incorrect. They offer is 100,000 AAdvantage miles after you spend $10,000 within the 1st 3 months, plus a $200 Statement Credit to offset the Annual Fee….

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  33. I have been using AMEX Platinum card since 2001. Did not avail of most of the perks except for the Admirals Club. and the US Airways lounges. The loss of the access along with the way it was done (no email, no letter) got me to switch to Citi Platinum.

    They offered nothing as I called to cancel. Refused to prorate charges unless I switch to another card. Reminded me that as a Gold card member I would now be paying 2.7% on my foreign purchases. In reality many countries do not accept AMEX, most of my foreign purchases she pointed to were for software programs downloaded in the US. Well, AMEX is not the only game in town…I will soon be calling to cancel the Gold Card, once I transition everything to the Citi Card. Poor customer service.

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