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Admirals Club rates increasing, new restrictions: 2019

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Old Oct 30, 18, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by dgoedken View Post
... it seems unnecessarily punitive, especially since they are upping the cost to families, which are the ones which seem to take the most toll on the club (imo - kids running around, stacking up plates and never finishing the food, etc) ...
Perhaps I'm mis-reading your intent, but I don't think this is accurate.

Families traveling with an AC member infrequently aren't going to be affected by this at all--the access rules allow "Immediate family (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18) or up to 2 guests" and there is no indication this will change. As to said families' ability (or inability) to behave in a fashion considerate of others, my experience has been that this is an exception rather than a rule and also varies culturally according to where you are/where the family is from.

My perception is that discounted Spouse/Domestic Partner memberships are (or were) aimed at couples that both travel frequently but often separately--the 2-for-1.8 (roughly) discounted membership was a reasonable approach to inducing folks to buy a second membership at a discount when they might not otherwise have done so (didn't think it was worth it, spouse/partner mostly used a different airline, etc.). Anyway it worked on us, but we're sure as heck not going to pay 1.6 times what we used to for the same membership with fewer clubs (nevermind it is actually more expensive to get/renew a household membership in the new pricing scheme than to get two individual memberships).

I *may* get the Citi card just for the club membership but am unlikely to charge a dime more than the annual fee depending on what ends up happening with the Aviator Silver card next year.

I can't figure out what AA's end-game is, but this just doesn't make sense to me--in my case, it is driving me to spend less with AA/it's credit card partners. I always had the feeling USAir was really focused on corporate travelers rather than individuals/small companies--maybe that's where they're going with this? Focus best product/experience on big-spenders/largest revenue source and fill in the empty space with bottom-dollar steerage-level service?

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Old Oct 30, 18, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Bonehead View Post
Let's get our facts straight:


Access requirements and eligibility information:

A valid United Club membership card and boarding pass for same-day travel


https://www.united.com/web/en-US/con...ge/access.aspx

United does not require that the boarding pass be on UA or a partner. HUGE DIFFERENCE.
If you are flying another non-star alliance carrier you cannot access the UA lounge.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by NovaEngr View Post
A boarding pass is required, but any airline.

UC Rules
Incorrect. For example, if you are a UA Club member and flying AA you cannot get access to the UA club lounge. Now, they may not check your boarding pass and you might get overlooked, but if they ask and you show them an AA boarding pass, you will not be allowed into the club.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by peterk814 View Post
Incorrect. For example, if you are a UA Club member and flying AA you cannot get access to the UA club lounge. Now, they may not check your boarding pass and you might get overlooked, but if they ask and you show them an AA boarding pass, you will not be allowed into the club.
Let's get our facts straight:
  • United reserves the right to limit access and only allow entry to members with a same-day boarding pass. All United Club customers, including members, are eligible to access United Club locations only when they have a flight arriving or departing on any airline the same day, and must show a boarding pass for entry.
https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...ges/rules.html
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Old Oct 30, 18, 5:12 pm
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Citi Exec Card Fee Change

I have had this card for 5 years. It was useful for me until I received lifetime gold status..although that has been devalued recently. Nonetheless less I am a leisure traveler so it is unlikely I will ever rise to Platinum status in any given year. I am also a solo traveler so no benefit there for a spouse accompanying me. Like many here I have preferred to spend my layover time in the lounge over the years.

I just called Citi and spoke to rep to clarify any fee change relative to seeing the post with the chart for fees. Looking at it it says Citis Exec fee will increase as of 2/19.

The Citi rep double-checked and said yes - it is being increased to $550. For that reason... Im out.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 5:51 pm
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Originally Posted by nalismom View Post
I have had this card for 5 years. It was useful for me until I received lifetime gold status..although that has been devalued recently. Nonetheless less I am a leisure traveler so it is unlikely I will ever rise to Platinum status in any given year. I am also a solo traveler so no benefit there for a spouse accompanying me. Like many here I have preferred to spend my layover time in the lounge over the years.

I just called Citi and spoke to rep to clarify any fee change relative to seeing the post with the chart for fees. Looking at it it says Citis Exec fee will increase as of 2/19.

The Citi rep double-checked and said yes - it is being increased to $550. For that reason... Im out.
Other than what the Citi phone rep said, is there any other evidence of a fee increase? Citi and AA websites still show $450.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 6:01 pm
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If there is a price increase that is really awful.

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Old Oct 30, 18, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by nalismom View Post
I have had this card for 5 years. It was useful for me until I received lifetime gold status..<snip>
I'll bite; what is the correlation between a card whose primary benefit is Admiral's Club access and achieving lifetime gold status (which provides zero lounge access)?

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Old Oct 30, 18, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by GTITAN View Post
If there is a price increase that is really awful.

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Honestly, given the trajectory that AA is on lately, I'll be shocked if the annual fee for this card does not increase, but if it went up $100, it will certainly give me pause on renewing, given upcoming access changes.

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Old Oct 30, 18, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by peterk814 View Post
If you are flying another non-star alliance carrier you cannot access the UA lounge.
Originally Posted by peterk814 View Post
Incorrect. For example, if you are a UA Club member and flying AA you cannot get access to the UA club lounge. Now, they may not check your boarding pass and you might get overlooked, but if they ask and you show them an AA boarding pass, you will not be allowed into the club.
NovaEngr and Bonehead are both 100% correct: if you are flying AA (or *any* carrier) and are a UC Club member, you absolutely can access the UC.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 7:41 pm
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Because before I achieved LGS ...the 10000 EqM’s with the 40k spend were enough to allow me to make Gold for several years until I hit lifetime status due to MMP. The AC membership was a plus.

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Old Oct 30, 18, 7:42 pm
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Originally Posted by scubadu View Post
Honestly, given the trajectory that AA is on lately, I'll be shocked if the annual fee for this card does not increase, but if it went up $100, it will certainly give me pause on renewing, given upcoming access changes.

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Old Oct 30, 18, 7:44 pm
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Post # 12 by JDiver has a chart from Gary Leff citing the current and future fees for every category of AC membership including Citi Exec Card
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Old Oct 30, 18, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by nalismom View Post
Post # 12 by JDiver has a chart from Gary Leff citing the current and future fees for every category of AC membership including Citi Exec Card
But that chart doesnt reference the Citi Executive card. It does note an increase for Executive Platinum members (the status) from $450 to $550. Were you thinking of that?
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Old Oct 30, 18, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by nalismom View Post
Because before I achieved LGS ...the 10000 EqMs with the 40k spend were enough to allow me to make Gold for several years until I hit lifetime status due to MMP. The AC membership was a plus.
Fair enough. Personally there is just no way I'd put $40K in spend on an AA card, when there are far, far more valuable travel currencies out that and I most definitely wouldn't do it to earn Gold (a higher tier perhaps), but to each their on I suppose...

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