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- Review: US Airways Club @ CLT / Charlotte
- Free Admirals Club Membership Through Business Extra? Yes, please!
I love going to the Admirals Clubs. And I also love not paying for them.
I don’t have the Citi AAdvantage Executive card or the Citi Prestige card. They’re fine in their own right, and I’ve had my eye on the Citi Prestige for a sec, but I won’t need it for its lounge perk.
I’ve been doing this since the Amex Platinum Card nixed the benefit at AA Admirals Clubs a couple of years ago.
If you book travel for other people (who don’t care about the points), you can easily build up enough to get a free membership yourself.
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All the award opportunities
You can redeem for flights, upgrades, status, or lounge access via Business Extra.
You’ll need to sign up and earn enough points before you can redeem awards.
Not only can you redeem for Admirals Club memberships, but also for any flight that’s available as a normal AAdvantage award. So that’s good to know if you ever need to do it that way (though you’ll have to call to book it).
For what it’s worth, Gold status is 2,400 Business Extra points.
But I like the Admirals Club memberships.
The value of Admirals Club
These are real memberships that are ordinarily $500 if you don’t have any status.
You can bring in 2 guests each time you visit.
I’ve used the lounge access many times to bring in friends and family. Having a drink and using the free wifi is a nice perk before you head to the gate.
All you have to do is give the desk agents your AAdvantage number when you go in, and that’s it.
- You don’t need a boarding pass
- You don’t need to be flying AA or have any type of status
- And you don’t need to be flying in a certain cabin
It’s a really nice benefit that I’ve gotten a lot of use out of. (Ended that sentence with a preposition, sorry.)
How to redeem
After logging in to Business Extra, hover “Earn & Redeem Points” until the drop-drown menu appears, and then click “View Awards/Redeem Points.”
Select the award you want from the menu at the top. The Admirals Club membership is under the “Admirals Club” tab.
Enter in your AAdvantage number and click “Confirm.”
To make this step easier, you can add the person as a traveler in your account so their info will already be saved.
Obviously, make sure they have an AAdvantage number before you do this. Or make sure you have it so you can assign it correctly.
Once you click “Confirm,” that’s it.
It’s literally 1 step.
After that, you’ll get a confirmation number.
The membership starts on the day the award is redeemed in AA’s system.
But you do NOT have to wait for a membership card. You can start using the membership on the day they process it.
It usually only takes 2 or 3 business days for the membership to become attached to your AA number.
Here’s what AA has to say about it:
After that, it’s good for a whole year.
Other airlines that offer this
Update 6/24/15: Reader, Brian, commented:
SkyBonus from Delta Air Lines is only available to those small businesses which have a minimum spend of $5,000.00 — otherwise, the account is suspended or closed.
Good to know. Thank you, Brian!
Delta also offers SkyClub memberships through their SkyBonus program.
I never needed to redeem for it because I’ve always have the Amex Platinum Card. But this could be useful if you need a supplementary membership for a partner or spouse since they’ll charge you $27 per guest when you enter with the Amex Platinum Card.
United also offers United Club memberships through their PerksPlus program.
So if you book travel for others on American, Delta, or United, be sure to rack up extra points… especially if the travelers are not interested in using the points.
I’ve gotten a few years of free lounge membership at Admirals Clubs without having to pay annual fees on a credit card or pay for the membership outright.
It’s a nice little shortcut that you should take AAdvantage of (see what I did there?) if you can.
Have you used the airline business programs for any other redemptions? Would love to hear about them!
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