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Admirals Club lounge access will soon cost even more for travelers - no matter whether you buy a one-day pass, annual membership, or use a credit card to visit lounges.
Beginning July 23, new Admirals Club annual membership price will be raised from $650 (or 65,000 AAdvantage® miles) to $850 (or 85,000 AAdvantage® miles). If you renew your membership after this date, you will have to pay $800 instead of the former $600. Those who use on-day passes will have to pay $79 (7,900 AAdvantage® miles), which is an almost 34% increase from the current $59 (5,900 AAdvantage® miles).
This is not all bad news for AAdvantage members. Those who have plans to get the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® card will see an increased annual fee for the card starting July 23, 2023. Thus, the card's annual fee will go from current $450 to $595 for primary users. Plus, the annual fee for the first three authorized users will be $175, then $175 fee for each authorized user thereafter.
Still, if you visit Admirals Club lounges often, it will be much cheaper to get it through the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® card as the card will keep the Admirals Club membership benefit.
So, if you've been waiting for a sign, this is it! You have time to buy an annual Admirals Club membership at the current, lower price. Same with the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® , you still have time to get approved at current terms.
American is not the first and not the last airline that adjusted their lounge access requirements and prices. Travel demand is booming, and airlines are "fighting" overcrowded lounges their own way. Delta, for example, was one of the first airlines to make lounge access requirements stricter.