Ending Soon: 75K Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Sign-Up Bonus

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For much of the year, Citi has been offering a very nice sign-up bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. The bonus is for 75,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 in purchases within the first three months of account opening.

I’ve just been informed that the current sign-up bonus will be pulled on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. So you have roughly a week to apply under the current offer.

While that’s a big minimum spend, it’s also a huge sign-up bonus. 75,000 AAdvantage miles will go a long way, especially given how valuable AAdvantage miles are. Personally I value American miles at ~1.8 cents each. So to me the 75,000 AAdvantage miles are worth $1,350.

The “catch” is that the card has a $450 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year. Fortunately the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard comes with some great perks which help offset the annual fee:

  • An Admirals Club membership, giving you access to Admirals Clubs regardless of which airline you’re flying
  • 10,000 AAdvantage elite qualifying miles if you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • 25% savings on in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and headsets on flights operated by American Airlines when purchased with the card
  • Priority check-in, screening, and boarding on American operated flights


This card is a fantastic option for anyone who would otherwise buy an Admirals Club membership, given that they range in cost from $400-500 per year. That means for most people getting an Admirals Club membership through the card is cheaper than buying it outright.


But beyond that, the sign-up bonus is huge, so the card is worth having for the miles alone. American miles remain one of the most valuable mileage currencies out there, as they can be redeemed efficiently for travel in premium cabins on Cathay PacificEtihadJapan AirlinesQatar, etc.





I think the card is worth having for at least a year, and then after that you can decide whether the card is worth it for you or not, depending on how often you travel with American.

Bottom line

You have about a week left to take advantage of the increased sign-up bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. We don’t know what the sign-up bonus will be after that, though I would guess it won’t be above 50,000 miles.

By my estimation, this sign-up bonus is worth over $900. I value the 75,000 miles at ~$1,350, so when you subtract the $450 annual fee, that brings you down to $900. But then when you factor in all the other perks — including Admirals Club access — the sign-up bonus is potentially worth even more than that. That’s a heck of an offer.

If you’ve been eying this offer, don’t delay!

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  1. It depends on what “pulled” means in this case, but in the past when the offer pages have stopped working, the links to the application forms (saved on FT) have continued to work for months. And by ‘work’ I mean that if you use them to apply, you get the offer previously stated on the dead offer page from which the application link was saved, even though the ‘zombie link’ (application page) itself may or may not specify the offer.

  2. Great site; thanks! I am still learning my way around some of these things, so please forgive my elementary question: I wanted to apply for this card (agree with Ben on the value of AA currency), however, Citi told me that I could not receive the 75K sign-up miles because I have a Citi AA credit card. I relize they’re trying to prevent churn and 75K miles is costly for them, but at a $450 annual fee–likely to be ongoing–it seems to me they’re missing a large segment of higher-level spenders.

  3. I opened my last AA Executive card in 02/14, that is over 18 months. But I closed it in 2015. Am I eligible to churn this puppy? Thanks Ben

  4. Terms say offer is available to “new” cardmembers – not “anyone who has previously earned a bonus on this card”. What about those of us who signed for the 100K offer 18 months ago and cancelled 6 months ago?

  5. @ Wayne M — Thanks for reading! As far as being eligible for the bonus goes, that’s not how I read the terms. Here are the relevant terms:
    “75,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles can be earned by new Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® cardmembers approved through this offer. Earn 75,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $7,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had a Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Card opened or closed in the past 18 months.”

    The way I read it, you should be eligible for the bonus as long as you haven’t had this exact card.

  6. @ Carlos @ tim — The terms suggest that anyone who has opened or closed the card within the past 18 months isn’t eligible for the bonus.

  7. @Lucky – Thanks. I’m hoping they drop it to something with a minimum spending requirement that I could actually reach. The current level is impossible for me, and even the previous spend of $5K in 3 months would’ve been nearly so. I’m seriously interested in the card (despite the fact that the annual fee would be a big hit to my paycheck), but not if I’m going to have to destroy my bank account.

  8. Lucky,
    I have been holding off on applying for this and would like to continue to do so. Just curious as to how certain you are that it will expire. How do you know?
    Great site! Thanks.

  9. @ richard shea — I’ve been informed that the limited time offer is ending then and that I need to take down links at that point. It’s possible there are still some “phantom” links afterwards for a while, but that’s when the offer should end. So quite certain. 🙂

  10. @ Lucky Thanks, Ben. I’ve called Citi twice (to see if I got the same answer; I did) and was told that the 75K miles would not be available to me if I have had (or had closed) any Citi AAdvantage card in the last 18 months. Great deal, though!

  11. Would you say this card is worth it if I’m reaching Platinum status with AA next month (thanks to the platinum status challenge)? It seems the only benefit, aside from 75k miles, would be Admirals Club and the Global Entry fee waived (I have that through end of 2016). Thanks!

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