Citi Executive AAdvantage Card 100K Offer Dead

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There’s no doubt that the best credit card sign-up bonus of the year has been on the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card, which offered 100,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $10,000 within three months.

The reason behind the generous sign-up bonus made sense —  American Express Platinum Card members were losing access to Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs, making the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card the only one which gets you access to these clubs. So to steal market share they tried to offer a huge bonus, which I can’t blame them for.

What surprised me was just how long the offer stuck around. It was launched in late January, and stuck around until June, at which point the official offer changed to a sign-up bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 within three months.

However, there continued to be links for the 100,000 mile sign-up bonus, just minus the landing page.

Well, it looks like all links to the 100,000 mile sign-up bonus are now dead.

The best available offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card is now for 75,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 within three months. The card has a $450 annual fee, though offers a $100 statement credit with your first statement (the 100,000 mile sign-up bonus offered a $200 statement credit).


It’s anyone’s guess whether the 100,000 mile sign-up bonus will be back, though potentially this can still be a good deal, especially if you value Admirals Club access.

If it’s just miles you’re after, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® might be a better option for you. It offers 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months, and has a $95 annual fee which is waived the first year.


Which offer is better?

Doing very basic number crunching, with the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card you’re earning 75,000 miles with what essentially equates to a $350 annual fee. The alternative is 50,000 miles with no annual fee. So the difference is 25,000 miles, and you’re paying $350 for that, which is 1.4 cents per mile. Everyone can do the math as to whether or not they value American miles at that on their own.

This doesn’t factor in that:

  • The Citi Executive AAdvantage Card gets you Admirals Club access
  • The Citi Executive AAdvantage Card is generally churnable, so you can earn that bonus multiple times.

American Admirals Club Dallas Ft. Worth Airport

So definitely not as good of an offer as it used to be, but still a very good offer, in my book…

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  1. I was on the fence about going for a second Exec card, but didn’t do it. At .25cpm ($250/100K) it was a good buy, though. I didn’t even consider the AC access in the value proposition, since Amex now has a lounge at DFW (the only AA hub I have easy access to) that beats the AC like a red-headed stepchild.

  2. One thing I can’t figure out is whether you must fly AA, OW, or any airline to gain access to the Admirals Club using the Executive Club? Also do you get access to other clubs besides the Admiral?

  3. @James, you can enter the Admirals Club anytime, regardless of what airline you are flying on that day. I believe they are converting the US Airways Clubs into Admirals Clubs, so those clubs will also let you in. There are some OneWorld lounges, but you have to be flying on that particular airline that day to get access to them.

  4. @ James — Access rules are the same as if you paid for an Admirals Club membership. You can access Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs regardless of the airline you’re flying. You can also access select partner lounges when flying those partners.

  5. Many of the AA clubs are nothing great. So they killed the 100K. Big deal. There will be other deals. FOr every deal that ends a new one begins. The AMEX plat clubs are great though.

  6. Lucky, do you still think the AA devaluation is not coming until 2016? I remember reading one of your articles about that topic, but that may have been before everyone talked about how that offer had been going on for so long, and hasn’t been hard to rack up AA points of late. Would be curious if your opinion has changed since then.

  7. @ Ty — I don’t know exactly, I’d say any major changes will happen next year at the earliest, but I could be wrong.

  8. I wonder whether anyone else has noticed this. I missed it, even though I thought I had read everything carefully. A big reason I got the ‘100K miles point executive CITI card’ was to get the 10K extra elite miles to help me get to exec platinum faster. However, I always have many more points than miles because I fly first whenever possible (purchased), so I tend to get 1.5 points for each mile flown. Can you see where this is going? Based on this, I always get to platinum, and likely exec platinum, on elite points – and never never never get there on elite miles. So, the 10K award elite miles to me has value 0. For example, I was at 56K elite points and about 37K elite miles before the 10K elite miles was awarded – and am now at 56K elite points and about 47K elite miles after the 10K elite miles were awarded. So, the 10K elite miles they gave me are worthless to me. Those elite miles will never help me get to next level because I will always already be there on elite points. Let’s extrapolate. This is happening to all their very best customers who have this card – big spenders, frequent fliers. When they find out, if those 10K elite points were important to them (as they were to me), they will not be happy. More consequences: a) this reduces the incentive to meet that magic $40K dollars spent which buys you this offer (which is worthless in these scenarios); b) those 10K elite miles come each year, but now there is less incentive to keep the card after you get their 100K miles or to spend $40K on this card; c) it is not smart to mislead people who spend a lot of money on your card – they will start looking elsewhere. keep them happy, they stay loyal. pull something like this, and they start thinking twice about other cards. Enough said – I did not read the fine print. let the buyer beware. wonder how many other people noticed this? I asked CITI to also give me points – got back a ‘that is the way AA does it’. I asked AA, and they said I had to talk to CITI. This does not bring credit to AA or CITI.

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