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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
Last week, I wrote about an amazing sign-up bonus offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard that came with 75,000 American Airlines miles when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months of cardmembership, but today, TPG reader Lauri let me know she stopped by the Admirals Club at JFK and was offered the credit card with a 100,000-mile sign-up bonus for spending $10,000 in the first 3 months plus $200 in statement credits on purchases in the first 12 months.
While the application in the lounge comes with a specific agent code, the 100K offer is also available at this link. It does ask for a 6-digit agent referral code and airport code, but even if you just fill in your name, it directs you to the application page.
Here are the rest of the terms:
- Apply now, get the card and earn 100,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making $10,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership. Also, earn up to $200 in statement credits — earn $1 in statement credits for each $1 spent on purchases within the first 12 months of cardmembership.
- Elevate the way you travel with these luxury benefits: Admirals Club membership (a membership value of up to $475)
- Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after spending $40,000 in purchases each calendar year
- No foreign transaction fees on purchases
- Earn two AAdvantage miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases, including US Airways codeshare flights booked on aa.com
- Priority Boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases
- Your first eligible checked bag is free
- SmartChip technology
- Expert Concierge Service
- $450 Annual Fee
That $10,000 spending requirement is steep for some folks, but there are plenty of fast ways to meet minimum spend for bonuses, and this is the highest we’ve seen the bonus offer on this card – and as high as it’s likely to go in my opinion – so if you have been holding off on getting it, now is the time.
The one thing that seems to hold people back on getting this card is that hefty $450 annual fee. The value proposition of this benefit has recently changed since The Platinum Card from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN will no longer allow access to American Admirals Clubs or US Airways Clubs starting March 22, 2014. However, this card will include access to both as part of its benefits package.
This card is also potentially very valuable because it allows you to earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles each year you spend $40,000 or more in purchases, which is one of the best travel credit card calendar year spending bonuses out there. Those miles might be just the bump you need to hit that next elite status threshold and at the top tier of Executive Platinum, that includes valuable perks like unlimited complimentary domestic upgrades (no more banking on 500-mile upgrade requests), 8 annual EVIP systemwide upgrades on any published paid fare – which can equate to thousands of dollars per flight in value – a 100% elite mileage bonus (Platinums get this as well), waived fees on ticketing and award mileage reinstatement.
If you just got the 75,000-mile offer from last week, it might be worth calling up Citi and asking them to bump you to the 100,000-mile offer instead and say you’ll be willing to meet the extra spending requirements. It never hurts to ask! And if any of you do this, please report on your experience in the comments.
Caveat: The link I have provided is not my own, so I cannot say that you’ll absolutely get the 100,000 miles if you apply and are accepted without including an agent referral code. However, since the bonus is explicitly stated on the application page, you might be in luck, and you should definitely take a screenshot of the offer you apply for as proof in case you get an acceptance offer that varies.
If you do decide to apply report back on your outcome in the comments below. Aside from the limited-time sign-up bonus of 100,000 points, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more and cardholders will receive a 50% Airline bonus when you redeem Membership Rewards for all or part of an eligible fare.
Aside from the limited-time sign-up bonus of 100,000 points, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more and cardholders will receive a 50% Airline bonus when you redeem Membership Rewards for all or part of an eligible fare.