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I reviewed the Admirals Club Phoenix amidst another surprise trip

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I reviewed the Admirals Club Phoenix amidst another surprise trip

If you read us very often you’re probably aware of the fact that we love a good surprise trip. I’m still posting about my mom’s epic $125k surprise birthday trip around the world, and my lovely lady and I went to Austin for her birthday last year, took my dad to a colts game a couple years ago, and this time around…I was flying to Indiana to surprise my folks over July 4th weekend. I actually wanted to fly in earlier, but the only avail that opened up was on Sunday. It actually worked far better because my parents suspected I may surprise them, but then when Friday and Saturday came and went they’d given up hope. That’s the best time to strike 😉 I took advantage of the final days that the Prestige offers free Admirals Club access and stopped in to the Admirals Club in Terminal A for a bit.

Check out the insta-story of the whole surprise.

The Admirals Club Phoenix in terminal A is located near gate A8

Take the elevator

Prestige ends its Admirals Club benefit on July 23. This is probably our last visit for a bit.

The lounge is quite nice, however small, but didn’t seem to be overly crowded while we were there.

For a small lounge I thought it utilized the space it had very well. Plenty of varied seating with power, and of course Wifi.

Miles love a good bar shot. And a bar photo.


The biggest complaint I have about Admirals Clubs in general is that the food is slim pickings. While you can order food in most of the Admirals Clubs, you have to pay for it. I’d say the coolest feature was the coke machine. I love a good fountain soda.

Small but adequate work center.


My flight from Phoenix to Indianapolis was delayed by roughly 30 mins, and the delay was really the only reason I ended up in the lounge.  My connection was pretty tight and I was planning going from one flight straight to the next, but in the end, I’m glad I took the time to check it out. The lounge was fresh, clean, and a positive direction for AA to take with their lounges. I’ll be flying business to Europe in a couple of months and am interested to see how the Admirals Club in Terminal 4 is coming along. My plan is to check it out and the Qantas First lounge at TBIT. While I think these lounges are great perks associated with premium credit cards, I’m not sure I could ever justify the expense if I had to pay the annual fee out of pocket.

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Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
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  • 3x on online grocery purchases
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There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 


  • txrus July 15, 2017

    PHX is my home airport, so I see quite a bit of the lounges there-you lucked out in your timing w/re: to crowding…thanks to the banking of the hubs thing, there are times when there is absolutely no place to sit.

    I have been an AC member for a long time, but I have in the past several years stopped paying $$ for it & only use miles. While service in some clubs is exceptional, in others it is abysmal & when it comes down to it, that’s what I joined the club for in the first place-help w/flight issues. Given that the kind of service I need during flight disruptions can be worthless, depending on the club, it seems only fitting to now use miles, which are basically worthless, to pay for the membership 😉

  • ss July 15, 2017

    Your’s so fun. Love your mom’s reaction.

    • Miles July 15, 2017

      Thanks ss! They were soooooo surprised heh, heh, heh

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