Citi Prestige Loses Admirals Club Access
Last week news broke that unknown changes would be coming to the Citi Prestige card beginning tomorrow 7/19/2016. Specifically some blogs indicated that the bonus would be changing. While we don’t know everything yet, today we have learned of at least a few of the changes we should expect tomorrow.
The Loss of Admira’s Club Access
One of the best benefits of the Citi Prestige card is Admiral’s Club access when flying on American Airlines. Unfortunately, that access seems like it will become a thing of the past. (HT: Amol) On the Citi website when logged in to a Prestige account, the following language is now present:
You will have access to the American Airlines Admirals Club® lounges until June 20th, 2017. After that, you’ll no longer have complimentary access with your Prestige card.
This is a big loss for AAdvantage fliers and my guess is it may have something to do with the new credit card contract recently negotiated between Citi and American Airlines. Specifically, this could be a way to make the AAdvantage Executive Mastercard more attractive since that card also comes with Admiral’s Club access. Previously the only distinction between the two, was the Premier required you to fly American Airlines whereas the Executive card didn’t.
While the above language indicates that the Admiral’s Club access goes away in 2017 for current cardholders, it is possible that new applications going forward will not include access. We will need to wait and see what happens tomorrow, but I wouldn’t be surprised either way.
Loss of Dining 2X & Higher Spend Requirement
In addition to the Admiral’s Club changes, Doctor of Credit is reporting two additional changes that have shown up on in-branch advertisements:
- The 50,000 bonus will remain the same, however the spend requirement will increase from $3K to $5K.
- The 2X Dining Category bonus will be discontinued.
I don’t see either of these changes as a big deal in the scope of things given the fact that there are better cards for dining and that the bonus amount stays the same. Sure, a higher spend requirement isn’t positive, but there are far worse things.
As of now these changes are being noticed by customers and thus haven’t been formally announced. This means that it is entirely possible that more negative changes are to come. As of now I think it is probably a good idea to get the card today to lock in the current spend, dining bonus and Admiral’s Club access if you are interested in it. If not, then the changes don’t seem catastrophic, unless you are a frequent American flyer in which case they are actually fairly drastic.
What are your thoughts?