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If you are a frequent traveler and American Airlines is the airline of your choice, you may want to have access to Admirals Club lounges to escape the crowded airport terminal. American Airlines operates nearly 50 clubs around the world. Plus, if you have an Admirals Club membership, you also get access to more than 60 partner lounges worldwide, including all Alaska Airlines Lounges, and all Qantas Clubs.

There are different ways you can gain access to American Airlines lounges. Here, we review the cheapest way to get the Admirals Club membership and other ways to enjoy the calm of the network lounges.


The only credit card that gives you free full membership access to Admirals Club lounges is the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®. This card is good for applicants with good or excellent credit.

The annual fee for this credit card is $595 and it is fully offset by the Admirals Club membership benefit as membership rates vary from $750 to $850 for new members depending on the AAdvantage status. Plus, you can maximize the value of the Citi / AAdvantage Executive credit card by adding authorized users. All authorized users get their own card and free access to American Airlines Admirals Club lounges. Authorized users can visit Admirals Club lounges with no required presence of the primary cardmember.


The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® isn't only about Admirals Club lounge access. When you open the card, you can earn 70,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $7,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening (limited time offer).

You will also get:

  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® application fee credit (every 4 years)
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to 8 companions traveling with you on the same reservation
  • Priority check-in, priority airport screening (where available) and priority boarding privileges when flying with American Airlines
  • 25% savings on inflight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights
  • Earn 4 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • After you spend $150,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, earn a total of 5X AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 10X AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible car rentals booked through and eligible hotels booked through
  • 1 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on other purchases
  • 1 Loyalty Point for every 1 eligible AAdvantage® mile earned from purchases
  • Up to 20,000 Loyalty Points after reaching 50,000 and 90,000 Loyalty Points in a status qualification year
  • Up to $120 in statement credits on eligible Avis and Budget car rentals every calendar year
  • Up to $120 in statement credits on eligible Grubhub purchases (up to $10 statement credit per monthly billing statement)
  • Up to $120 in Lyft credits annually ($10 Lyft credit after taking three eligible rides in a calendar month)
  • Trip cancellation and interruption protection.
  • Trip delay protection.
  • Lost baggage protection.
  • Worldwide car rental insurance.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases.


If you think that you won't fly American Airlines often enough to take advantage of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive card benefits and to cover the card's $595 annual fee, there are other ways to get American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access. Here are other ways to access Admirals Club.

  • Buy Admirals Club annual membership: it's probably the most expensive way to get the membership as the fee ranges from $700 to $850 based on your AAdvantage status and whether you buy new membership or renew. Getting the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® instead would be much cheaper.
  • Buy a one-day pass: you can purchase it online and at select locations for $79 (or 7,900 AAdvantage miles). The day pass includes access for you and up to three children (under age 18).
  • Get Alaska Lounge membership: Alaska Lounge members have access to Admirals Club locations when traveling on Alaska Airlines or American.
  • Book eligible First or Business class ticket: you should fly first or business class on an international itinerary between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico City (MEX), New Zealand, South America.
  • Have AAdvantage elite status: qualifying AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum members can access Admirals Club lounges when flying internationally.
  • Have oneworld® Emerald℠ and Sapphire℠ status: members can access Admirals Club and partner lounges with qualifying boarding passes.
  • Military: U.S. military personnel traveling in uniform can access domestic and international Admirals Club lounges (based on lounge capacity).

Lounge access can make your stressful travel more manageable. But Admirals Club membership is not cheap: it'll cost $850 for individual non-elite AAdvantage members, and $1,650 for a household membership. The best way to save on Admirals Club membership is to get the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive card. Cardholders get a full Admirals Club membership for a $595 annual fee. Add here authorized users who can also access Admirals Club lounges and the card becomes the best deal.

Plus, for a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® comes with a 70,000 American Airlines miles welcome bonus offer. Additionally, cardmembers get other valuable perks, like Global Entry or TSA Precheck credit, priority boarding, and a free first checked bag on American domestic flights to name a few.