Well, this is ugly.
Citibank seems to have prematurely leaked information that it will be eliminating Admirals Club access in June, 2017, as one of the benefits of the card. If true, that would significantly impact the value of what has been my favorite travel credit card.
This card has been my favorite simply due to the fact that the travel benefits are worth significantly more than the annual fee, with lounge access at American Airlines and Priority Pass clubs, as well as a fourth night free hotel benefit and a $250 credit every year. The card is still a good deal, but the loss of the Admirals Club is a big deal, especially since American just announced a new credit card agreement and raised the price of entry to the clubs. I’m assuming that none of these changes are coincidental.
Neither of the two representatives that I spoke with were aware of the change, so be prepared if you call them (You’ll have to access the Travel Benefits on your Card Benefits page to find the notification.). Furthermore, the application for the card does not include the disclaimer, which seems somewhat irresponsible.
The Bottom Line
I’ve always felt that this card was worth way more than Citi was charging for it. Unfortunately, the proved me right.
While this story has made its way around the internet quickly, I first saw it at VFTW.
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