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

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

Update:   This offer is no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

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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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.

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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@Melonie Murray - The post was written before the 100K offer which you will find in the Hot Deals tab etc.

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.

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

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.

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