Homebound railway commuters cutting through Grand Central Terminal last night might be excused for doing a double take thinking they hit the airport by mistake: Vanderbilt Hall had been transformed into an American Airlines Admirals Club, complete with massage station, hair stylists, shoeshine stands and a concert from Gavin DeGraw.
It was all part of an event to promote a co-branded Citi Card with the airline for the "World Elite Mastercard" that affords cardholding travelers privileges including priority check-in, screening and boarding, concierge service and access to the Admirals Club. Though the Admirals Club doesn't normally hold private shows with Mr. DeGraw, admitted Maya Leibman, president, AAdvantage Loyalty Program.
Indeed, the singer, who was there promoting his new album "Sweeter" and looking hale and healthy for his upcoming tour with David Cook, deadpanned that he wasn't used to playing Grand Central: "I usually come here for the train."
Introducing Mr. DeGraw was Terry O' Neil, exec VP, Citi Cards, who said the cost of the card is $450, but noted that despite the economy, there is demand for such perks among the affluent and business travelers, several of whom were in attendance. Also among the guests was Ken Chase, wine consultant to American Airlines, which really begs the question: Just which wine goes with airline food?