Best Citi Executive AAdvantage Card Sign-Up Bonus Now 60K

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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…

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  1. Maybe they’ll offer it again next year after almost every single card that was opened is cancelled and they need to pump up the numbers again.

  2. @ Al — Good question, time for me to crunch the numbers on that. Probably, but not at the top anymore.

  3. I read that AA miles expire after 18 months, do I have to actually fly AA to keep the miles or can I keep them by using their credit card? I am starting to plan for a trip in 2 years.

  4. @ heather — Any miles earned, whether through credit card spend, flying, or whatever, would extend the expiration date by a further 18 months.

  5. Lucky,

    To your knowledge, does Citi treat Visa Plat and MC Plat as different products? Thinking about that 50k offer but still have a Visa Plat. Thanks,

  6. I wish there was an offer for this card with a lower minimum spending requirement. I’m interested in the card, but $5K in 3 months is way above my budget, and I don’t do MS.

  7. I applied for 75K bonus on 08/04(last day link still alive) and was approved today after calling. At first the agent told my application was voided but after placing me on a brief hold he was able to approve.

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