Major Changes for American Express Platinum Cardholders

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American Express announced today that there will be some major changes coming for Platinum card holders.

Platinum Card holders will no longer have access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs or US Airways lounges starting March 22, 2014. This applies to all personal, corporate, and business Platinum and Centurion cards.

Major Changes for American Express Platinum Cardholders

Major Changes for American Express Platinum Cardholders

Citi and American Airlines today announced that beginning in March 2014, the Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard will be the only U.S. credit card offering full membership benefits at the American Airlines Admirals Club airport lounges.

However, American Express Platinum Cardholders will still have access to:

  • Delta Sky Clubs (when flying Delta)
  • Priority Pass Select Lounges
  • Centurion Lounges (So far in DFW and LAS, SFO and LGA are coming soon)
  • AirSpace Lounges (So far in BWI, JFK, and CLE)

Some card-members have received emails from American Express offering either $200 or $500 statement credits due to the loss of this perk.

Bottom Line

This is a negative change to the Amex Platinum Card, if you are a US Airways or American flier, however American Express is adding more Centurion Lounges including in San Francisco and LaGuardia to help make up for this change.

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  1. This was expected. AA has partnered with Citi so they were forced to drop this benefit for Amex cardholders. Hope Amex builds lounges everywhere you have an Admirals Club

  2. I assume Amex had no control over this , the benefits of a centurion card were the best perk to come along in a long time.

    Delta in my opinion is useless as a frequent traveler partner, the priority pass is also not so exciting. However the one Centurion club I went to was very nice but there are only two. Maybe amex can negotiate a deal for half the points for award travel but that is probably too much also.

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