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Old Oct 30, 18, 9:37 pm
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Teckelspass.. you are correct....I have no idea what my eyes and brain were thinking with that chart....however it was what spurred me to call Citi....and the rep put me on hold until she checked it out.... I guess we will see.

Scubadu...... we did not purposely manufacture frivolous expenditures for that 40k....we simply put any and every expenditure we make/have on CC’s anyway.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 10:22 pm
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Originally Posted by nalismom View Post
Teckelspass.. you are correct....I have no idea what my eyes and brain were thinking with that chart....however it was what spurred me to call Citi....and the rep put me on hold until she checked it out.... I guess we will see.

Scubadu...... we did not purposely manufacture frivolous expenditures for that 40k....we simply put any and every expenditure we make/have on CCís anyway.
Thanks for the clarification. Letís hope it was just a misinformed Citi rep
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Old Oct 31, 18, 3:35 am
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I only flew another carrier once in 2017/2018. That's not abuse if I do it occasionally. Maybe I got a tummy ache. Maybe I changed my mind and went home.
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As it is lines getting the AC (LAX T4 in particular) can be long. Now you are going to need to show a BP on your phone as swiping one's card. Then there will be those fiddling around trying to find their paper BPs.
No more fiddling than the people too cool to use the paper. I fly a lot. And I always have my paper boarding pass. Electronic is strictly backup. And pretty much every day some cool guy in front of me is holding up the line beamcause his **** phone timed out. Ridiculous.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 5:05 am
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No more fiddling than the people too cool to use the paper. I fly a lot. And I always have my paper boarding pass. Electronic is strictly backup. And pretty much every day some cool guy in front of me is holding up the line beamcause his **** phone timed out. Ridiculous.
I agree. I also get my secretary to print out all the Flyertalk threads and use my Dictaphone to compose the responses so she can put them in the online. That way none of my posts have any of the typos or misspellings that these kids writing messages on their iPhones subject us all to.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 6:51 am
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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.
If you've been denied entry in this situation, you ran into a lounge dragon who didn't know the rules. The AC in Austin gets uncomfortably crowded in the late afternoon just before the BA AUS-LHR flight. I oftentimes go to the UA club instead. Never had an issue. Ever. And I (jokingly) tell them I'm flying a competitor and I show them my boarding pass.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by Teckelspass View Post
Other than what the Citi phone rep said, is there any other evidence of a fee increase? Citi and AA websites still show $450.
A CIti online chat rep confirmed to me the increase next year to $550. I don't think Citi is about to publicize it.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 10:24 am
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A CIti online chat rep confirmed to me the increase next year to $550. I don't think Citi is about to publicize it.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by taxatty56 View Post
A CIti online chat rep confirmed to me the increase next year to $550. I don't think Citi is about to publicize it.
Just for kicks, I just live chatted with Citi. The rep said that there was presently no info regarding a fee increase on the Citi Executive card. I even mentioned that a "friend" had heard differently from another Citi live chat rep, but she insisted there was no such info.

My account does not disprove the info you got. Merely, that I'm not sure what weight we can give any statement from a Citi rep
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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:10 am
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Originally Posted by Teckelspass View Post
Just for kicks, I just live chatted with Citi. The rep said that there was presently no info regarding a fee increase on the Citi Executive card. I even mentioned that a "friend" had heard differently from another Citi live chat rep, but she insisted there was no such info.

My account does not disprove the info you got. Merely, that I'm not sure what weight we can give any statement from a Citi rep
It is coming no way it isn't. Who would pay $100 more for a membership and not get all the benefits of the citi card?

Face it, increased food offerings, increased cost. Parker isn't going to eat that cost it will be passed on to us.

There is nothing as a free lunch (or in AC's case, turkey meatballs).
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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:17 am
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In terms of "real $", the most expensive thing the ACs have is raspberries and blackberries (as much as $5/pint in the supermarket) and hard boiled eggs, but only at breakfast time. The other "stuff" is just cheap filler-ups for your stomach.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:19 am
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
It is coming no way it isn't. Who would pay $100 more for a membership and not get all the benefits of the citi card?

Face it, increased food offerings, increased cost. Parker isn't going to eat that cost it will be passed on to us.

There is nothing as a free lunch (or in AC's case, turkey meatballs).
LOL, I agree with all your points. The only obstacle I see is the competition. The premium co-branded products offered by Chase and Amex for United and Delta respectively are still $450, so AA/Citi would be forging ahead on their own. (Of course, if they do this, the others may follow). Also, I do foresee plenty of cancellations at the new price point, because of the many other competitive card products out there at that price. But who knows.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by Teckelspass View Post
LOL, I agree with all your points. The only obstacle I see is the competition. The premium co-branded products offered by Chase and Amex for United and Delta respectively are still $450, so AA/Citi would be forging ahead on their own. (Of course, if they do this, the others may follow). Also, I do foresee plenty of cancellations at the new price point, because of the many other competitive card products out there at that price. But who knows.
Keep in mind though, those two competing cards you mention (United and Delta) do not allow authorized users to access the clubs without the primary. AA/Citi could make the case that the generous treatment of authorized users is of value. And in some sense, I agree, but still on the fence if I'd renew at $550. My wife and I often travel separately for work, so this matters. If we changed our allegiance to UA or DL, we'd each need to have to the card.

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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:27 am
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In terms of "real $", the most expensive thing the ACs have is raspberries and blackberries (as much as $5/pint in the supermarket) and hard boiled eggs, but only at breakfast time. The other "stuff" is just cheap filler-ups for your stomach.
True.

However I do love their chicken curry soup!
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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by nalismom View Post
Scubadu...... we did not purposely manufacture frivolous expenditures for that 40k....we simply put any and every expenditure we make/have on CC’s anyway.
No worries, I wasn't implying that you were. My point is that that amount of spend on other cards would get you much, much better travel value for your dollars than acquiring AAdvantage miles. To me that value would exceed AA Gold.

But again, to each their own, you don't need to justify the approach to me.

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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:31 am
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Originally Posted by nrr View Post
In terms of "real $", the most expensive thing the ACs have is raspberries and blackberries (as much as $5/pint in the supermarket) and hard boiled eggs, but only at breakfast time. The other "stuff" is just cheap filler-ups for your stomach.
Hard Boiled Eggs - in a foodserivce pack of 20# tub (~200-220 eggs), your per egg cost is roughly $0.12-0.15 per egg.

Unless the AC hard boiled eggs are from golden chickens, their "food cost" on this item is well within the norm.

Now, labor cost on the other hand..... that is something I could see being a cost driver in recent years, especially in states like CA where minimum wage is significantly higher than the rest of the US.
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