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The best credit card sign-up bonus of the year has been the 100,000 mile sign-up bonus offered by the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card, which was surprisingly available for almost six months.
Then in late June the offer was officially pulled, though there continued to be a “ghost” link out there for the 100,000 mile offer. Then in early June it looked like even the “ghost” link was dead… except it wasn’t, because the “ghost” link started working again a couple of days later. And then it stopped working again. It basically had as many twists and turns as the Qatar Airways A380 delivery schedule.
At that point the best available offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card was 75,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 within three months. It had a $450 annual fee though offered a $100 statement credit, so you were basically paying $350 for 75,000 AAdvantage miles plus an Admirals Club membership, which was still quite a good value. Unfortunately that sign-up bonus seems to be dead now as well.
It seems that the best offer on the card is now for 60,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 within three months. The card still has a $450 annual fee and offers a $100 statement credit, so you’re basically paying $350 for 60,000 AAdvantage miles plus an Admirals Club membership.
That’s still a great deal, in my opinion, especially since this card seems to be churnable.
If you’re just after a single Citi AAdvantage Card and don’t care about an Admirals Club membership, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® is probably a better option. It offers 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months, and the $95 annual fee is waived the first year. That card, however, is not churnable.
Here’s to hoping Citi eventually comes back with a bigger sign-up bonus on the Executive AAdvantage Card again. I’m not holding my breath, though, given that they offered it for over six months already…