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American Airlines ConciergeKeySM / "CK" Program (by invitation only)
(Includes Executive Platinum status and Admirals Club membership)


NOTE: For questions such as "How can I get Concierge Key?" or "This is my spend: will I get CK?" Please refer to the How do I make / making AA Concierge Key / ConciergeKey / CK?thread

Also see AA Concierge Key invitations / renewal for 2019 status (out early 12/2018).


13 Apr 2020: AAdvantage extends CK status is extended automatically until Jan 31, 2022.

"The ConciergeKey Program is an exclusive program that American Airlines has for our very top customers. This is by invitation only and a very exclusive club." (Billy Sanez for AA)

ConciergeKey Services are provided to a select group of VIPs to facilitate travel on AA. The program is offered on an invitation basis only and is targeted at customers who control travel policy for large organizations. Customers who generate a high amount of revenue for AA may also be invited into this program (possibly those who spend upwards of US$60k a year on travel with AA).

Services provided include airport escorts and pre-boarding (seems variable, more likely during OSO?); assistance with flight changes, seat changes, and upgrade requests via their own dedicated telephone line. In addition, there is the ability to communicate directly with ConciergeKey associates via a dedicated email address. ConciergeKeySM representatives will also monitor day of travel of ConciergeKey members and will proactively reroute or rebook travel when necessary. ConciergeKey status allows check-in at First Class counters, as well as access to elite lines through security at certain airports. Miles and copay upgrades with copay waived.

ConciergeKey is now a distinct elite tier, above Executive Platinum. ConciergeKey benefits include membership to the Admirals Club, international miles upgrades with copayment waived, as well as two additional System-Wide Upgrades (SWU's) as part of CK membership.

CK members have access to Flagship Check-in on any flight, and CK will have Flagship Lounge access when flying a OneWorld airline.

As of 1 Jan 2017, Concierge Key members have upgrade requests prioritized over all other tiers: CK members have an upgrade window of (up to) 120 hours (Executive Platinum member's will retain the 100 hour upgrade window). CK members will board ahead of other passengers.

Regarding Concierge Key tier benefits coming in 2017, please see: New Concierge Key Benefits for 2017: New CK Elite Status Tier

Please: do respect members' privacy by refraining from asking for overly personal information and details relating to ConciergeKey membership or nomination. If your question receives no response, consider the member chooses not to reply, as is his/her right.

Boarding Area's AAdvantageGeek's blog shows the card and documents here.

Previous threads:
ConciergeKey AA Premium Service (ARCHIVED)
ARCHIVED: AA Concierge Key / ConciergeKey / CK (2014 consolidated)

Updated 18 Aug 2019 by ikwia to reflect CK being a distinct elite tier and to clarify the FL access requirement
Updated 25 Jul 2017 by JDiver
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AA Concierge Key / ConciergeKey / CK members lounge (master thread)

Old Mar 1, 2024, 7:12 am
  #2971  
 
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: DFW
Programs: AA CK, 4 MM Miler, Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum Elite, Avis President's Club
Posts: 51
Anyone else sad at seeing their LPs at zero today?
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 7:23 am
  #2972  
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: CLT
Programs: AA CK, Marriott Ambassador, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 77
Originally Posted by GoBirds
I had an interesting experience yesterday. Was flying TATL in F (paid for F) on AA metal. When I got to the gate, the agent told me my seat was broken (would not recline) and as the rest of F was sold out I was offered a seat in J as an alternative. I was disappointed but said thatís fine, Iíll take the seat in J. Then the agent noticed I was CK and said wait a sec, let me have the computer check to see what seat the system would reassign to me.

Two minutes later he hands me a boarding pass with the seat behind my original seat, still in First! Apparently the system had given me someone elseís seat in F and given them my malfunctioning seat.

That was definitely a pleasant surprise, but then it turned into a bit of an awkward situation once I boarded and took my new seat. A few minutes later I see a man go to my original, broken seat, and a gate agent is with him, explaining to him about the broken seat heís been reassigned to, and that he can either keep that seat or take a working seat in J, and he chooses the J seat.

The awkward part was the whole time heís discussing the situation with the gate agent, heís looking at me in his original seat with a quizzical expression. Iím sure he was thinking why the hell is that guy sitting in my seat and Iíve gotten a broken one instead? Iíve got to admit I felt a little guilty about the whole situation.

I know it was very much a first world problem for both of us, but also a very unexpected benefit of CK status I suppose.

I had a similar experience last year while flying with my wife for vacation. My seat (1D) disappeared off my boarding pass at check-in, and F was sold out. Agent informed me my seat had broken. I asked if we should change to J, but agent said not to worry about it. 30 mins prior to boarding a rep told me that a seat "freed up". Skeptical, but not wanting to really 'know', I thanked them and took the new boarding pass with seat 2G (behind my wife).

2 minutes after CK pre-boarding, another passenger shows up "Hi - you are in my seat".... (uh oh). Turns out it was a couple on their anniversary trip - they had downgraded him to J, but I guess the news didn't get conveyed in time. I showed him my 2G boarding pass and suggested to him we ask for a FA /GA to help sort this out

I actually debated just taking the J seat (it isn't his fault my seat broke... why should my bad luck become his problem)... but when I suggested we get assistance to help sort it out, he responded with a huge attitude, "Ok, yea, because I'm going to stand here and watch while they kick you out of my seat". At this point my empathy immediately evaporated, and I thought to myself... "I don't think you understand what's about to happen here..."

Sure enough, he got the boot to J.

But you know who I feel the worst for out of all of this? the sorry soul that had thought they scored an upgrade to J on a redeye to LHR, but got kicked back to their econ / prem econ seat...

Anyway.. yea, CK definitely has it's perks.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 7:37 am
  #2973  
 
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: DFW
Programs: AA CK, 4 MM Miler, Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum Elite, Avis President's Club
Posts: 51
Here's to everyone getting to keep their perks for another year!
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 7:59 am
  #2974  
 
Join Date: Nov 2022
Programs: Frequent AA Flyer
Posts: 176
Originally Posted by Marioparty
Anyone else sad at seeing their LPs at zero today?
Definitely. The hamster wheel never stops spinning on the road to CK, does it?

The only good news is that Iíll be at over 100k by the end of this week, and 200k two weeks after that.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 7:59 am
  #2975  
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: DFW
Programs: AA ConciergeKey, Marriott Ambassador Elite
Posts: 406
Originally Posted by Marioparty
Anyone else sad at seeing their LPs at zero today?
Ha very much so! Very hard earned.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 11:36 am
  #2976  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Programs: AA CK, UA 1K, Hilton Diamond, Marriot Plat, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 285
Originally Posted by SkyTeam777
He should be getting compensation for the downgrade though.
Also, [MENTION=738267]astebel[/MENTION], are you saying that Hyatt knows our expiration date? I wonder if I call them they can tell me! Or would it just be the same April date as most others (assuming evaluations haven't happened yet)? Someone upthread said we are still supposed to hear mid-March about renewals for this year with the end of April date starting next year or is that just a rumor? I guess no one really knows for sure!
They know our expiration date as well as we know it for the 2023 calendar year. Not that it is extended. So they would see us as a CK until 4/30 or in my case, I am on that darn challenge and go to May 5th. They saw that when I spoke with them. Sorry..... starting again at 0... only the shadow knows for sure..... if anyone here is old enough to know the reference
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 11:38 am
  #2977  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Programs: AA CK, UA 1K, Hilton Diamond, Marriot Plat, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 285
Originally Posted by Marioparty
Anyone else sad at seeing their LPs at zero today?
Yep. We are all equal in the eyes of the AA CK gods today!! Looking forward to another journey this year....
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 11:39 am
  #2978  
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Programs: AA EXP MM, BA Gold, Hyatt Globalist, Bonvoy Titanium
Posts: 145
I didn't make the cut this year with ~650k LP. Let's see how 2024 plays out.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 11:43 am
  #2979  
 
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: DFW
Programs: AA CK, 4 MM Miler, Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum Elite, Avis President's Club
Posts: 51
Originally Posted by Dedicated
I didn't make the cut this year with ~650k LP. Let's see how 2024 plays out.
How do you know? I thought it would be a few more weeks before we found out.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 11:54 am
  #2980  
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: CLT
Programs: AA CK, Marriott Ambassador, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 77
Qualification criteria info - when I spoke with an Exec Liaison, they mentioned that fare class is still important as a qualification metric, as they don't want to see a bunch of discount fares.

Interestingly, I had always thought it was more about BIS profitability - and while there is certainly a correlation with fare class, most of my RT TATL trips were typically close to $11k, but often were still "I" fares. And as I may be on the cusp at a little over 1.1M LP (mostly flights), if it is more about the fare class than the BIS profitability, then I may be in for some disappointment in early April.

I'll be super curious how folks with similar LP totals either do / don't make it, and then to know the portion of spend vs flying.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 11:58 am
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Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: CLT
Programs: AA CK, Marriott Ambassador, Hyatt Globalist
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Originally Posted by kvez
Change of subject...
For many of us, the AA Executive Liaisons have been a welcome source of information and a place to ask questions about status renewal, qualification and CK issues from time to time. While for some they were more often the bearers of "disappointing news" rather than "great news", I have always found them to be empathetic, respectful and responsive.
Today I was speaking to one of them via email, and she let me know that she (and her Exec Liaison co-workers) would be departing as of March 30. She did not know what AA would be doing to service us in the future, but indicated that some who were not retiring would be invited to apply for a "Customer Success Specialist" position, similar to a reservations, customer relations and AAdvantage representative all in one. She said it had not yet been fully defined.
Regardless, this is another major loss for those of us who have grown to rely on the program and the people that have been part of it. If you have a relationship with anyone specifically that you've worked with over the years, you might want to say goodbye and thank you should you need to call in or write in over the next 30 days.
On a separate but related note - to echo the point from kvez , if the Exec Liaison team has been helpful to you, please call the team and let them know how helpful they've been / wish them well.... but also consider pinging AA's twitter (X) team to let them know, too.

I believe it's a team of ~9 people, and although many of them have applied to the new "Customer Success Specialist" role, only one or two of them may be selected.

Not sure of y'all's experience when management tries to train people on everything rather than having dedicated groups, but anything remotely complicated can quickly require too much depth... and I know when I've needed their help, it wasn't for simple things.

Hopefully if people voice their concerns, they may at least take more of the current Exec Liaison team into this "customer success specialist" role.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 7:30 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2022
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Originally Posted by Marioparty
How do you know? I thought it would be a few more weeks before we found out.
Pretty sure I lost it. Mine was extended to July 2024 - so maybe getting ask to do a challenge. Most have extended to April 2024
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 10:26 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2022
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Originally Posted by StiTChEs37
Qualification criteria info - when I spoke with an Exec Liaison, they mentioned that fare class is still important as a qualification metric, as they don't want to see a bunch of discount fares.

Interestingly, I had always thought it was more about BIS profitability - and while there is certainly a correlation with fare class, most of my RT TATL trips were typically close to $11k, but often were still "I" fares. And as I may be on the cusp at a little over 1.1M LP (mostly flights), if it is more about the fare class than the BIS profitability, then I may be in for some disappointment in early April.
I could believe that they don't want lots of discounted fares, but I have a hard time believing frequent $11k RT TATL trips is not the type of customer they're looking for, assuming your total annual spend is in the range they want for CK.

Maybe I'm just being hopeful for myself though, as I fly frequent TATL F trips, usually on A fares, but sometimes on F fares. I basically need refundable F fares, and take whatever is available when I make the booking. As you say, we'll know in the next few months.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 4:09 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2022
Location: Greensboro (GSO)
Programs: AA ExPlat, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold, Hertz President’s Circle
Posts: 18
Originally Posted by GoBirds
I could believe that they don't want lots of discounted fares, but I have a hard time believing frequent $11k RT TATL trips is not the type of customer they're looking for, assuming your total annual spend is in the range they want for CK.

Maybe I'm just being hopeful for myself though, as I fly frequent TATL F trips, usually on A fares, but sometimes on F fares. I basically need refundable F fares, and take whatever is available when I make the booking. As you say, we'll know in the next few months.
my understanding was that CK decisions will be made sometime within March, with future CK decisions being made in April? Whatís everyoneís interpretation?
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 5:13 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2014
Programs: AA CK, UA 1K, Hilton Diamond, Marriot Plat, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 285
Originally Posted by ExPlatGSO
my understanding was that CK decisions will be made sometime within March, with future CK decisions being made in April? Whatís everyoneís interpretation?
I would just read the tea leaves...... this has always been a mystery. I feel somewhat fortunate that I know EXACTLY what I need and when to retain my CK. Best of luck to all and see you on the flip side. We went through last year and it was agony. No one knows until it is done.
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