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Since the beginning of the month, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® has been offering a limited time 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.
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 also 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.
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, with each allowed to take two guests per visit. So 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.
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. Now that American’s frequent flyer will have a revenue requirement for elite status, I suspect there will likely be a waiver offered by spending a certain amount on this card, though the details of that haven’t yet been announced.
Access an Alaska Airlines Board Room with an Admirals Club membership
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.