Courtesy of reader, Robert, we have this new tip. Service Members in uniform and those with orders when in civvies, can access any American Admirals Club.
I knew we could do this for US Airways back a few years ago, but hadn’t tried it on American. You may get different answers depending on the club, but I expect this is a legacy of combining American and US Airways. Here is the referenced language and the American website where it can be found:
If you’re on active military duty, you have complimentary access to all Admirals Club lounges when traveling the same day on an American Airlines or US Airways operated flight. When you arrive, please present your:
I would print out this page, or have the URL in case one of the matron says she doesn’t know what you are talking about. Note that I could find no such language for United Clubs, but have had success getting in there while in uniform. The lady actually gave me the “duh, of course you can enter” look, but I haven’t seen this actually written so your mileage may vary.
Another technique of course is to apply for the Citi Prestige card. This also gives you Admirals Club access. It comes with a $450 annual fee, but here is a trick. Each year the card gives you a $250 credit on an airfare charge in addition to 50,000 Thank You points and other benefits. If you got the card now and paid $450, you could then get $250 off a plane ticket in 2015 and another $250 off in 2016. and then cancel the card before the annual fee for the next 12 months was charged! That puts you $50 ahead with free Admirals Club access.