Free American Airlines Day Pass for AMEX Platinum Cardholders

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From March 22, 2014, American Express Platinum cardholders could no longer enter American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways Clubs.  But for the rest of April, Citi and American Airlines will give you a free day pass when you show your AMEX Platinum card at Admiral’s Club and US Airways Club lounges.

Good Will or Clever Marketing?

Link:   American Airlines Admirals Club

Link:   Citi Executive 100,000 Mile Card

Because the Citi Executive is now the only card that gets you free entry into American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways Club lounges, it sounds like Citi is targeting AMEX Platinum customers who are unhappy about losing this perk.

Until April 30, 2014, Citi will have staff ambassadors in American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways Club lounges.  When you show your AMEX Platinum card, they’ll give you a free day pass.  But I suspect you’ll be getting a Citi Executive sales pitch as an added bonus!  🙂  

Free American Airlines Day Pass For AMEX Platinum Cardholders

Citi and American Airlines Are Promoting Their Exclusive Partnership

This is a smart move by Citi.  Combined with a 100,000 mile bonus, this is a clever way to encourage disgruntled AMEX customers to sign-up for the Citi Executive card.

Some AMEX Platinum cardholders may not be aware of the change, so this deal might soften the blow for them, too.

Other AMEX Platinum cardholders may not care about losing American Airlines lounge access, because they can still enter Centurion and Delta Airlines lounges with their card.  But there are very few Centurion lounges, and to use Delta lounges, you have to be flying on Delta!  So the AMEX Platinum isn’t as good as it used to be.

Free American Airlines Day Pass For AMEX Platinum Cardholders

AMEX Platinum Cardholders Haven’t Lost All Lounge Access

I’m curious to know what kind of sales pitch Citi representatives will use on folks who take advantage of this deal.  So let me know if you use your AMEX Platinum to enter American Airlines and US Airways lounges this month!

Bottom Line

Citi and American Airlines will give you a free lounge day pass when you show your American Express Platinum card at American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways Club lounges.  But only until the end of April.

Please let me know about your experience!  Did you get a hard sell for the card?

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6 responses to “Free American Airlines Day Pass for AMEX Platinum Cardholders

  1. Do you know if you are allowed to bring a guest in with the free pass?

  2. Are there any good Admirals Clubs in the US?

  3. Does this work with participating Admiral Club locations such as select Alaska Air Board Rooms(Seattle, Portland)?

  4. I wish I knew about the day pass from American last week when I was in the Admirals Club in Miami! I have the Citi Exec AA card so I got in anyway. Do you think they would still give me a day pass if I have a Citi Exec card? Do you think if I call and see if they will send me once since I wasn’t told of promotion at airport (I assume not!) since I won’t be back in an American Airlines terminal the rest of the month? I actually have two Amex Platinum cards, do you think they would give me two day passes? Thanks.

  5. Question; do I need to be flying on an AA flight in order to use the lounge? The reason I inquire is because in Portland OR, the Alaska lounge is the lounge the provides reciprocal benefits access to AA. Recently I tried to gain access to this lounge when I was flying on Alaska and was denied access (I showed them my CitiAA Admiral club card w the $475 fee) and was denied access because I was not flying on an AA flight.