Marriott Bonus Points, Lounge Upgrades at American


Every company is getting into the social media game and Marriott is no exception. It’s offering you a bonus to link your various accounts to them and will provide future bonuses based on, well, I’m not quite sure. It hints at sending you emails and offers which will get you bonus points if you use a hashtag to identify them.

For those of you without Facebook, Twitter, etc.: You’re missing out. All companies, not just Marriott, offer various promotions on their sites. If you want to protect your privacy, there’s no reason that you can’t register for the sites with an “alternate” email address and simply never check them.

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American Lounges

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As airlines look to generate fee revenue, they are upgrading their lounges in an effort to get customers to pay up to use them. Delta and United have added light meals at mealtimes and better snacks the rest of the time, but American has trailed a bit. Today’s announcement will benefit mostly international travelers, but it’s a step in the right direction.

New/Renovated Flagship Lounges

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Flagship lounges are the high-end clubs that can be used only by certain passengers, including:

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 1.13.25 PMThese lounges generally have full buffet meals and better amenities, including the better booze, so you can’t buy your way in, except with status or a ticket. American is now adding Flagships to Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia, while renovating the ones in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. It will also be offering sit-down meals at Dallas, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The Arrivals Lounge in London will also get a refresh.

More Flagship Access

Traditionally, only first class customers on three-class planes had access to the Flagship lounges. Starting in 2017, though, business passengers will be allowed in, as well.

New Admirals Club

For those of us confined to the “standard” lounges, American is adding two more, one at Houston (IAH) and another (and may I say, badly needed) at Orlando. Every bit counts.

Getting into the Lounges

You can buy your way to access, with individual memberships starting at $400, but there’s a better way to go. If you have the Citi Advantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, you automatically get membership to the Admirals Clubs with guest privileges, meaning that you can bring in a couple of guests or your family, including kids under 18. The annual fee is $450 but, in addition to the lounge access, here’s a few other reasons why you should get the card:

  • A 50,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $5,000 on the card in the first three months. That’s a trip to Europe.
  • A $100 credit toward global entry. Pre-check lanes are yours for the asking!
  • Priority check-in, early boarding and a free first bag
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