Great Deal: 60K Miles With Citi AAdvantage Executive Card

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Update: This offer for the Citi Prestige® Card is expired. Learn more about the current offer here.

Update: This offer for the Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World Elite Mastercard® is expired. You can find the current offer details here.

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® is offering an increased sign-up bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles upon completing minimum spend. This is 10,000 more miles than the previous bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles. This actually isn’t available through public channels yet, but rather only through Citi affiliates.

Through this offer you can earn the 60,000 mile bonus after spending $5,000 within three months. Personally I value American miles at ~1.5 cents each, so to me the 60,000 miles are worth ~$900.

 

The card does have a $450 annual fee, though I’d argue it has the single most generous lounge access perk of any credit card out there.

Specifically, those with the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card receive an Admirals Club membership. $450 is the lowest price you’d ever pay for an Admirals Club membership, so that already makes the card a better deal than paying for an Admirals Club membership outright.

Admirals-Club-Cost

But it gets much, much better than that. You can add 10 additional cardmembers to the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card at no additional cost, and they receive Admirals Club access as well. They can each take two guests as well.

So even though I have the Citi Prestige® Card, which gets me Admirals Club access, I still think it could be extremely worthwhile to have the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, since it’s a great way to get Admirals Club access for up to 10 of my closest friends and family members for just $450. That’s a heck of a deal.

As I recently wrote about, I think there’s merit to having both the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card.

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American Admirals Club Honolulu

The Citi AAdvantage Executive Card comes with several other perks on top of that:

  • Earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • A $100 statement credit valid towards Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check
  • First checked bag free for you and up to eight companions when flying American
  • Priority check-in, security, and boarding, when flying American
  • Save 25% on eligible American in-flight purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees

Of those perks, I’d say the 10,000 elite qualifying miles for spending $40,000 on the card can be worthwhile if you’re an American loyalist. The $100 Global Entry statement credit is also valuable, especially since you can use it for others. The priority services are great if you’re not an American elite member either.

Bottom line

This is a great sign-up bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card. I value 60,000 American miles at ~$900, which more than justifies the $450 annual fee. On top of that, the Admirals Club perk offered on this card is incredible, given that you can essentially get 10 others Admirals Club access by adding them as authorized users, at no additional cost.

If you don’t have the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card, I’d highly recommend picking up this card under the current offer.

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Comments

  1. @ Ramy — Anything is possible, but I highly doubt it. That seemed to be an offer shortly after Amex Plat cards no longer came with Admirals Club access, as a push to get people to sign up. I don’t think we’ll see the offer return anytime soon. I certainly could be wrong, though.

  2. Do you know if the 10000 eqms can be stacked with the eqms from the barclaycard aviator silver?

  3. Will the added authorized user be counted as a new application for the AU person? (trying to avoid the Chase 5/24 rule)

  4. I was thinking about applying for a Citi Plat Select but with this increase I’m wondering if I should wait for a signup bonus increase in that one too. Hmmm

  5. Is the AU access to Admiral’s Club limited to times you’re flying on AA (like Citi Prestige) or is it available at all times?

  6. We got a offer in mail for 60,000 with $3000 in 3 months plus 1 year to spend $2000 more to get the 60,000. 60,000 gets you to London at regular price of $1300 per ticket, but fees/taxes would lessen that. Plus 14 months zero interest. 2/11/2017

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