American Express Cardholders Lose Airline Perks

American Express Cardholders Lose Airline Perks

December 18, 2013         Written By Lynn Oldshue

The airline perks that came with some American Express cards are going away.

According to a notice put out by American Express, “Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access/Airport Lounge Program.”

In order to have access to any of the Admirals Club lounges, consumers will need to have an AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard. This exclusive card features a staggeringly-high annual fee of $450, making it cost effective to only the most traveled people in America.

The note from American Express went on to say, “Card Members will no longer be able to gain complimentary access to the American Airlines airport lounges (known as Admirals Club lounges) or the US Airways Club airport lounges as a benefit of their Platinum Card Membership.”

If you have a Platinum Card at the moment, you may want to use your perks before March of next year. They will soon be disappearing.

“We are disappointed to report that American Airlines and US Airways elected not to renew this benefit,” American Express announced in a press release.

For cardholders relying on their lounge perks during their travels, things will be changing in the not-so-distant future.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of December 18, 2013. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


About Lynn Oldshue

Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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