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Admirals Club rates increasing, new restrictions: 2019

Admirals Club rates increasing, new restrictions: 2019

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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:37 pm
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The only Admirals Club that I think this might affect is Atlanta, where Delta has a few flights in the same terminal as AA. Houston IAH, the United flights are quite far from the Admirals Club. I doubt that this change will lessen the crowds in any significant way.

And, yes, the lounges have become much more crowded since the Citibank credit card access was introduced.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by fastflyer View Post


The only Admirals Club that I think this might affect is Atlanta, where Delta has a few flights in the same terminal as AA. Houston IAH, the United flights are quite far from the Admirals Club. I doubt that this change will lessen the crowds in any significant way.

And, yes, the lounges have become much more crowded since the Citibank credit card access was introduced.
These new rules (at DL too) will be painful for me at DCA.....once there is a common security checkpoint for all of the piers/concourses, I won't be able to use the SkyClub if flying AA (did not renew my SC membership recently) and vice versa and I am typically going back and forth between DL & AA at DCA for various reasons. Guess it's time to finally get the AmEx Platinum card so I'm covered.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:09 pm
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I think at ORD other than the International terminals the concourses are connected. SFO you could access the AC flying certain other airlines. I believe there's an inter terminal train at DEN similar to ATL. CLT all concourses are connected. RDU you could fly DL and I think WN and still use the AC, AUS ditto. There may be a few more airports in which using the AC is quite possible with a connection of 75 minutes or longer.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 10:42 pm
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Originally Posted by newyorkgeorge View Post
I think at ORD other than the International terminals the concourses are connected. SFO you could access the AC flying certain other airlines. I believe there's an inter terminal train at DEN similar to ATL. CLT all concourses are connected. RDU you could fly DL and I think WN and still use the AC, AUS ditto. There may be a few more airports in which using the AC is quite possible with a connection of 75 minutes or longer.
At RDU it's every airline except WN. I frequently use the AC when I'm flying United or Frontier. To add to your list there's also SNA which is a single terminal with only one other lounge (United), STL where American has the only lounge and DCA with some B6 flights.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 11:32 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
At RDU it's every airline except WN. I frequently use the AC when I'm flying United or Frontier. To add to your list there's also SNA which is a single terminal with only one other lounge (United), STL where American has the only lounge and DCA with some B6 flights.
At least DCA has a priority pass restaurant. I went to it last time I was there and had some extra time to kill--it's behind the United security pier, so I had to go through security twice, but I was able to get a ton of food for free!
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Old Jan 13, 19, 1:55 am
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Originally Posted by fastflyer View Post


The only Admirals Club that I think this might affect is Atlanta...
Just off the top of my head, the new restrictions will affect members flying other airlines at least at the following domestic locations (possibly more): ATL, AUS, DCA, DEN, DFW, IAH, ORD, LAX, MCO, SNA
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Old Jan 13, 19, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by TheDudeAbides View Post
Just off the top of my head, the new restrictions will affect members flying other airlines at least at the following domestic locations (possibly more): ATL, AUS, DCA, DEN, DFW, IAH, ORD, LAX, MCO, SNA
Yep, we're in AUS and primarly AA, but have on occasion used it for WN, UA, DL, and Alaska (but that will still work). I don't complain about too many changes, they are what they are, and my complaining has little impact. However, with this one, we are seriously considering whether to renew the AA Exec card when it comes due in March. Normally, we get great value out of the membership and don't really scrutinize the cost. However, we are also beginning to "play the field" this year with other airlines, given the EQD requirements with AA. So, if I can't use my home lounge for say 50% of my flights then not sure if we'll renew or not.

I'm as frustrated as anyone about the crowding in lounges, but I can't envision that on any given day the number of club members using the lounge when flying a non-AA airline could be very high, but maybe its more than I thought.

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Old Jan 13, 19, 7:36 am
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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.
Says now that beginning Nov. 1, 2019 you must have a boarding pass for same day travel on United or Star Alliance partner. So they have decided to follow AA on having to fly the airline on the day you want to use the club.
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Old Jan 18, 19, 4:05 pm
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I'm AUS based and fly everyone but have the AA world eite card and use the AC often as there is only 1 small(ish) terminal so it's easy. DL is opening a lounge here soon but like UA they will be restricted to their own airlines/alliances. No priority pass or Centurion lounge. I will definitely drop the card and AC membership at my next renewal. Hopefully another option will magically appear by Nov. I'd pay a fair amount ($1k?) for lounge access in AUS when flying anyone.
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Old Jan 18, 19, 6:11 pm
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Originally Posted by rayfes View Post
I'd pay a fair amount ($1k?) for lounge access in AUS when flying anyone.
I find value in club membership, but $1K, yea... no.

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Old Jan 20, 19, 6:37 pm
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Flight changes

To me the main benefit to the AC is if I need help with a flight and when I am traveling with my family. Help with a flight in the AC is only useful if traveling on American do the change doesn't bother me from that perspective. Do you know if they will limit guests? I love taking my kids in to get the crappy snacks (seriously, they love it!). Maybe I just missed whether they are changing that?
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Old Jan 21, 19, 3:44 am
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Originally Posted by Louiskie View Post
To me the main benefit to the AC is if I need help with a flight and when I am traveling with my family. Help with a flight in the AC is only useful if traveling on American do the change doesn't bother me from that perspective. Do you know if they will limit guests? I love taking my kids in to get the crappy snacks (seriously, they love it!). Maybe I just missed whether they are changing that?
There already is a limit on guests; there’s been no indication that would change.
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Old Jan 23, 19, 1:45 pm
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I'll not give up my CitiExec card (wife carries too) but am disappointed I will no longer have access to the AC at LHR if flying VS in Premium Economy. That was a good combo while it lasted.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 11:13 am
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I just got my annual $450 Executive Card renewal charge today. I called Citi and asked if the terms of AC lounge access with the card were changing. The agent said that the Bank had not been made aware of any changes for 2019. I also did not get notice of any changes on my ccard statement. It still says "Your American Airlines Admirals Club membership gets you in the door at more that 50 comfortable lounge locations worldwide so you can relax and unwind while you're waiting for your flight." Pretty scammy if there are indeed changes starting Nov 1, 2019.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 9:25 pm
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Originally Posted by economyplusfan View Post
I just got my annual $450 Executive Card renewal charge today. I called Citi and asked if the terms of AC lounge access with the card were changing. The agent said that the Bank had not been made aware of any changes for 2019. I also did not get notice of any changes on my ccard statement. It still says "Your American Airlines Admirals Club membership gets you in the door at more that 50 comfortable lounge locations worldwide so you can relax and unwind while you're waiting for your flight." Pretty scammy if there are indeed changes starting Nov 1, 2019.
I doubt they're going to have credit card holders get in without an AA flight, and regular members require an AA flight for entrance. Seems like that would be a recipe for a lot of arguments. But then again maybe they *really really* want to push credit cards
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